January 27th, 2017
“We are thrilled to announce that the Museum has received $5,000 from the City of Ottawa and $9,986 from the Province for projects related to the 150 anniversary of Confederation in Canada,” says Kathryn Jamieson, Curator Manager.
“With the successful outcome of our grant applications visitors can expect some new permanent additions to the Museum’s grounds,” says Tracey Donaldson, Acting Manager.
“Starting in late spring and finishing up in the fall these additions will include some historical interpretation and natural curb appeal which have been designed to create a welcoming site that will enhance the Museum’s visitor experience,” she adds.
The funding will also be used to enhance the Museum’s Father’s Day Flashback event in June. “Visitors will be able to stand in the shoes of Goulbourn’s early Irish settlers and connect with the community’s past,” says Donaldson. “Swords will be swinging, stew will be simmering, and muskets will be firing.” This celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation will be held on June 18th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will also feature the sights and sounds of a traditional Irish céli.
Ottawa 2017 quadrupled the funding available through the City of Ottawa’s Civic Events Funding Program, an existing grants program that helps neighbourhoods mark statutory holidays throughout the year. As a result, 49 community organizations will receive a total of $200,000 in funding to plan unique celebrations throughout the nation’s capital for Canada’s 150th anniversary.
The Province’s Ontario150 Community Celebration Program is a one-time, application-based program to support communities and community organizations across the province in commemorating and celebrating Ontario’s 150th anniversary in 2017.