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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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Goulbourn Museum partners with Hazeldean Gardens

May 30th, 2018

Chris Jackson, right, Hazeldean Gardens’ Community Relations Manager presents a cheque to Kathryn Jamieson, Goulbourn Museum Curator Manager and Ken Cownley, Museum Chairperson.

Chris Jackson, right, Hazeldean Gardens’ Community Relations Manager presents a cheque to Kathryn Jamieson, Goulbourn Museum Curator Manager and Ken Cownley, Museum Chairperson.

The Goulbourn Museum and Hazeldean Gardens Retirement Residence are pleased to announce their partnership which will bring local history ‘home’.

The partnership will see the Museum and Hazeldean Gardens work together to create one-of-a-kind experiences for their residents.

“We are excited about this partnership opportunity and the chance to share the story of Goulbourn Township with the community,” says Kathryn Jamieson, Goulbourn Museum Curator Manager. “We’re looking forward to bringing the Museum’s artifacts, programs and workshops to the residents of Hazeldean Gardens.”

Murray Jackson, a partner in Hazeldean Gardens says, “We recognize the rich history of this area and the strong attachment that many people have to it.  In a sense, this partnership will bring that history closer to home for our residents,”

Goulbourn Museum is a private, registered charity. The support of Hazeldean Gardens Retirement Residence means the Museum can continue bringing Goulbourn’s story to the broader community by creating dynamic local history education programs and protecting the community’s valuable artifacts.

Hazeldean Gardens is slated to open this August, and it will provide a broad range of care and services including Independent Living, Assisted Living for residents with physical disabilities, Memory Care for those with intellectual impairments, as well as Respite and Convalescent Stays.  It promises to be the premier retirement residence in the Ottawa area.

The partnership begins in 2018 and will span a period of five years.

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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 Sarah Allan our Museum & Exhibition Assistant

May 24th, 2018

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I am so happy to be back at the Museum for my third year, this time as Museum and Exhibition Assistant! I just finished another two semesters of courses at Queen’s University, and am happy to have returned home to Ottawa for the summer. Last year I had the opportunity to be part of the pre-renovation process and I am excited to be able to participate in the reopening of the Museum, as well as all of the exciting activities we have planned. Each summer at Goulbourn has been a unique, interesting and educational experience and I can’t wait to see what is in store for this summer!

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Yap & Yarn Fibre Artists Take the Lead on New Exhibit

May 2nd, 2018

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This amazing group of ladies makes up the core of our Yap & Yarn fibre arts group. In addition to meeting once a month to knit, crochet, and spin (and to help newcomers who are welcome at the meetups) they have also volunteered during Doors Open and the Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas to demonstrate their skills to the public. Last year they took the lead on developing the content for a fibre arts exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of confederation.

“We encouraged them to think about the 150th anniversary and produce reproduction period costume or something that’s indicative, to them, of the Canadian spirit,” says Sarah Holla, Acting Education Officer.

The resulting exhibit – Woven Through Time – was supposed to launch last year but with the Museum closed for renovations it had to be postponed until this spring. At April’s Yap & Yarn meetup the Museum presented the artists with gift cards and custom yarn bags in appreciation of their incredible contributions to the coming exhibit (…as well as their patience!).

“It’s too bad we couldn’t display the content during the year of Canada’s anniversary but it is no less valuable,” says Holla.

We finally have the keys back to the Museum so stay tuned for the exhibit launch date!

The next Yap & Yarn meetup will be held in the Stittsville Public Library on Sunday, May 20th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. No need to register, just bring your fibre arts project. Light refreshments will be served.

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We’re hiring for the summer

April 5th, 2018

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The Goulbourn Museum is looking for 2 post-secondary students for the following positions:

Collections Assistant: Duties include working with the collection, cataloguing artefacts, and daily operations.

Museum and Exhibition Assistant: Duties include exhibition development, programming, marketing, design and daily operations.

Candidates require excellent English language skills and computer competency. Successful candidates will be post-secondary students enrolled in museum studies, history, arts, business, graphic design or marketing. French is an asset.

Positions are 16 weeks at $14.00 per hour for 37.5 hours per week. Work includes weekends and statutory holidays. There is no public transportation to the Museum site.

Applications accepted by email or in-person until midnight Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Goulbourn Museum, 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville | goulbmus@rogers.com

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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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