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Seeking feedback from teachers and students

October 8th, 2019

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The Goulbourn Museum is partnering with 3D Virtual Crafting on a project application with the Virtual Museums of Canada. Our team’s goal is to submit a proposal for the development of a digital storytelling experience (online game) that explores the personal stories of early Canadian settlers in the former Goulbourn Township.

To help our team develop a successful proposal we need your support.  Two questionnaires have been developed by our team, one for educators and one for students (Grades 4-8). The goal of these questionnaires is to gather information so that we can create a product that incorporates the feedback and interest of our community and beyond.

  • TEACHERS:  If you are a teacher, please take a few minutes to complete this short questionnaire HERE
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  • STUDENTS: If you are a student in Grades 4-8, please take a few minutes to fill out this short questionnaire HERE.

If your household cannot complete a survey, please share this with friends and family who can help. 

Thank you. Your support is greatly appreciated!

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Descendants of Goulbourn pioneer encouraged to attend exhibit launch

July 30th, 2019

Isabella Pratt Allen, who was born on the ninth line of Goulbourn Township in March of 1837, is quoted on this newly installed exhibit panel at the Goulbourn Museum.

Isabella Pratt Allen, who was born on the ninth line of Goulbourn Township in March of 1837, is quoted on this newly installed exhibit panel at the Goulbourn Museum.

The great grandson of Goulbourn settler Isabella Pratt Allen is hoping to connect with other descendants and gather for the unveiling of a new exhibit at the Goulbourn Museum on Saturday, August 17.

Robin Ritchie, an Ottawa lawyer, estimates that descendants of his great grandmother must number well over 200. “Many of her descendants are still in the Ottawa area but many have moved away and we’d like to get the word out to all of them about this event,” he said. Descendants can reach out to Mr. Ritchie via email (rritchie@perlaw.ca) to share the details of their family connection.

The outdoor exhibition shines a spotlight on Stanley’s Corners, the area surrounding the Museum. Isabella, who was born on the ninth line of Goulbourn Township in March of 1837, is quoted on one of the exhibit panels. Her quote, originally published in The Evening Citizen in 1936 when she was in her 100th year, recalls the harrowing times of the early settler in the Ottawa Valley. “We seemed hemmed right in with bush. We could only see a short distance from any point,” she said. “The constant fear of all the settlers was that a fire might start in the bush and that they would be caught in it.”

At the event to launch this permanent outdoor exhibit, Mr. Ritchie will also be donating a portrait of Isabella that dates to the late 1800s. The Museum’s brand new heritage garden will also be unveiled.

“The exhibit highlights old businesses and people’s memories of Stanley’s Corners,” said Tracey Donaldson, Manager and Exhibitions Curator at the Goulbourn Museum. Each outdoor panel will feature details about a specific heritage plant to incorporate the new garden. “We want to teach the community about the importance of gardens and how they would have been depended on in Goulbourn’s early years,” she explains. “Plants would have been used for everything from food, medication and dye.”

Living off the land was something Isabella would have grown up doing. Raising 11 children while her husband was often away for the winter months in the logging camps of the Ottawa Valley meant Isabella had to be strong, industrious and energetic. She thought nothing of walking three miles to Richmond, and back, for groceries and supplies. She was known never to take an afternoon nap in her entire life, not once. There were just too many things to get done on the Twin Elm farm.

“She was a remarkable woman by any standard,” said Mr. Ritchie of his great grandmother who passed away quietly in 1942 at the age of 105.

To celebrate the launch of the exhibit and garden, the public is invited to the Goulbourn Museum for a Corn Roast on Saturday, August 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Relatives and descendants of Isabella Pratt Allan are encouraged to attend. The event will feature musical entertainment, games and activities and of course, fresh corn donated by Fallowfield Tree Farm. Families can bring a blanket and enjoy an afternoon feast while reveling in some old-fashioned fun on the Museum grounds. Cost is by donation.

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Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market This Sunday

November 13th, 2018

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Get a head-start on your Christmas shopping at Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market  this Sunday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This annual holiday celebration features local artisans, baked goodies, old world entertainment, historical reenactors, blacksmith demonstrations, and festive crafts.

Vendors at this year’s event will be selling a diverse array of handmade gift items including heirloom preserves, chocolate goodies, ice cream, natural soaps and candles, stained glass, toys, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, textiles, and more! See a complete list of all participating vendors, below.

The Calligraphy Society of Ottawa will be on-hand to help children pen letters to Santa and assist adults in drafting decorative gift tags. Families can pose for a photo with Santa, watch a bona fide blacksmith at work, and make holiday decorations of yesteryear. Enjoy free hot chocolate and apple cider, roast marshmallows by the fire, and buy warm comfort food from Smokin R&Rs.

Admission is free!

We are thrilled to have the following talented artisans at this year’s event:

A Touch of Glass
Black Sheep Artisan
Carruthers Cakes and Candies
Classy Carry-Alls
Crazy4Crafts
Holmespun Ice Cream
Forest Forged Chain saw Art
His & Hers Home Co.
MishMash Arts
Monkey Mud Pottery
The Plaid Cow
Peridots & Pearls
Tasha’s Table
Two Hammers
The Beckwitch
Wild Woolly Handmade
Wreaths by Sharla 
Wood & Ashes

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“Poppies of Goulbourn” Pilot Installation Launched at Museum

October 25th, 2018

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A vibrant collage of crocheted poppies now adorns the southeast corner of the Goulbourn Museum. The art installation entitled “Poppies of Goulbourn,” was created by volunteers of the Museum’s Yap & Yarn fibre arts group and recognizes the significant military contributions of the community since the War of 1812. It was mounted on the historical building by Museum staff to ensure any conservation concerns were met.

This year’s collage is a pilot project. The Museum’s goal is to work out any kinks and launch a much larger installation next year. “Starting on a smaller scale allows for trial and error and gives us an opportunity to create a successful plan for 2019,” says Sarah Holla, Collections and Education Officer. “Our aim is to open this up to the community and local groups. We would love to get people of all ages making poppies, from retirees to Guides and Scouts,” says Holla.

Caitlyn McDougall, the Museum’s Programming Officer, will take the lead on next year’s poppy project which will launch in January 2019. Members of the Yap & Yarn fibre arts group will continue to play an active role and have also offered to teach the art of poppy making next year.

“This art installation is a visual reminder of the military contributions made over the years by the men and women of Goulbourn and celebrates our history as Ottawa’s first military community,” says Tracey Donaldson, Manager and Exhibitions Curator.

“Poppies of Goulbourn” will be featured at the Museum until Remembrance Day.

For more information on how you or your community group can get involved, call the Museum at 613-831-2393 or email: info@goulbournmuseum.ca

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Fire a Brown Bess Musket!

June 19th, 2018

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fire a Brown Bess Musket? Well, wonder no more!

Goulbourn Museum will be partnering with the 100th Regiment of Foot for the summer season to offer the popular Hands on History program. The summer schedule has been finalized and the first opportunity to participate is this Thursday, June 21 from 1:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cost to fire three rounds is $22 (taxes included).

2018 Hands on History Schedule:

Thursday, June 21 – 1:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 28 – 1:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 8 – 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 12 – 1:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 22 – 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 26 – 1:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 5 – 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 9 – 1:30 – 7:30 p.m.

*Hands on History is restricted to ages 16+. Participants must register with the Museum, submit a waiver and successfully complete the training provided by the 100th Regiment. Prepayment is required. Hands on History is weather permitting. In the event of rain, participants may reschedule or choose to be refunded. 

For more information or to register, email register@goulbournmuseum.ca or call 613-831-2393.

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Goulbourn Museum’s Curator Manager Accepts Heritage Tourism Manager Position with Town of Perth

June 4th, 2018

Sgt. Jonah Ellens & Corporal Jeffery Parent of the 100th Regiment of Foot (Reenacted) stand at attention while Museum Chairperson Ken Cownley, left, and Vice-Chairperson Linda Preston, right, present Kathryn Jamieson with a parting gift.

Sgt. Jonah Ellens & Corporal Jeffery Parent of the 100th Regiment of Foot (Reenacted) stand at attention while Museum Chairperson Ken Cownley, left, and Vice-Chairperson Linda Preston, right, present Kathryn Jamieson with a parting gift.

After six years as Curator Manager of the Goulbourn Museum, Kathryn Jamieson has accepted a position with the Town of Perth as its Heritage Tourism Manager.

Ms. Jamieson started working at the Museum in 2008 and was promoted to the role of Curator Manager in 2012. She successfully took on the challenge of transforming the museum into a community hub whose attendance has increased by over 220% in the years that she has been at the helm. Her achievements were recognized in 2016 when she received the Promising Leadership Award of Excellence from the Ontario Museum Association.

“I’m looking forward to this new opportunity but I am going to miss my colleagues and the network of people I’ve come to know in Goulbourn that care about the Museum and care about heritage,” says Ms. Jamieson.

Some of her proudest accomplishments include her first major project grant – the Museum’s wildly successful War of 1812 Commemoration – securing a significant sponsorship from Minto, and more recently, the Museum’s renovations. “After years of dealing with drastically uneven floors and asking for the City’s help, it finally happened! The new floors are beautiful and I’m thrilled I got to see the finished product,” she says.

“Kathryn was instrumental in making the Museum what it is today,” says Museum Chairperson, Ken Cownley.  “She is greatly respected among board members and her colleagues and we wish her the very best in her new endeavor. Goulbourn’s loss will be Perth’s gain.”

To ensure a smooth transition, Tracey Donaldson has been appointed the new Manager of the Museum. The former Education Officer has been with the Museum for 11 years and recently completed 15 months as Acting Manager while Ms. Jamieson was on parental leave. “The Board has every confidence that the Museum is in great hands,” says Mr. Cownley.

Ms. Jamieson’s last day at the Museum is Monday, June 4, 2018 but she plans to stay connected to the organization as a member.

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Meet Karlin Brule our Collections Assistant

May 24th, 2018

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I am thrilled to be working with Goulbourn Museum as Collections Assistant this summer where I will be helping oversee the Museum’s collection of artefacts, working in public events and giving tours to visitors.

 
I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia though I spent most of my life growing up in the Ottawa area, specifically Barrhaven. I got my first real taste of being a historian in my first years of post-secondary education at Carleton University where I found myself falling in love with history. This eventually led me to a Bachelor’s of Arts in History. Since then, I started the Applied Museum Studies program at Algonquin College where I am focusing on developing the skill set to one day work for a national museum.

 
In the fall I will be returning to Algonquin but, until then, I plan to absorb as much information as possible from the staff at Goulbourn Museum and obtain as much hands-on experience as possible.

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Meet Curatorial Assistant Matthew Weickert

December 11th, 2017

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I am excited to be part of the Goulbourn Museum team for the next few months as the Curatorial Assistant. I graduated from Carleton University (Go Ravens) with a B. A. in History and have recently completed a post graduate certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough.

I was born and raised in the small town of Milton, a short five hour drive from here. While this is my first time in Goulbourn I have already learned a lot about this area’s fascinating military history. My interest in museum work stems from my love of history which only grew stronger after spending my summers giving three hour lighthouse tours on Chantry Island and volunteering with community museums.

I am looking forward to my time here and will be working with the Museum in multiple capacities ranging from collections, exhibitions and even programming. I have only begun to learn about the community but I cannot wait to see what new people and places I will find just around the corner.

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End of an Era: Stittsville News closing after 60 years

December 8th, 2017

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Photo courtesy of Goulbourn Museum. Goulbourn Township Historical Society Collection.

Sadly, late last month we heard that after 60 years of operation, the Stittsville News will be shutting down. The first edition of the Stittsville News was published December 12, 1957 by Goulbourn resident Howard Maguire. The first home of the newspaper was in a building located behind Bradley’s General Store. The paper and his print shop were located on the bottom floor from 1957 through to 1972 when he sold the paper to the Renfrew Mercury. The upper level housed the Bell Telephone exchange explaining the Bell vehicle on the left. In the mid-60s, when direct dialing came into force, Bell relocated to a new Bell Telephone exchange building on Hazeldean Road at Fringewood.

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In 1975, John Curry bought the paper and has been involved in keeping residents up to date ever since. This sign, which is part of the Goulbourn Museum’s collection, was on display at the Stittsville News office when it was situated in the Bell Service Centre (Ray Bell’s service station, store and office building) where the Ultramar Plaza now is. Curry’s Antiques was run by John’s mother, Mary.

“(She) helped me with the paper and was an antiques expert who dabbled in antiques,” said John. “Having the antiques in the office helped with expenses, a little.” Mary ran the antiques business for a number of years until the paper moved from the Bell Service Centre to a little white building across from the Legion. It later moved again into a (then) brand new plaza at the corner of Manchester and Main.

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Attention Students! We’re hiring a Curatorial Assistant

November 21st, 2017

Goulbourn Museum is seeking a student for the position of Curatorial Assistant to work with the Museum’s collection and to assist with daily operations, educational programming, exhibitions and special events. The selected candidate will gain experience in collections management, including storage, cataloguing and the photography of artefacts. Deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday, November 26, 2017.

Duration: 12 weeks

Hours:  30 hours a week

Anticipated Start Date: Monday, December 4, 2017

Salary: $14.00/hr.

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