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Cheapflights Sponsors Museum

August 14th, 2015

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We are thrilled to announce that Cheapflights has joined us as a Community Outreach Sponsor. “Being a Registered Charity, the Goulbourn Museum relies on Community Outreach Sponsors such as Cheapflights to help us fulfill our mandate,” says Kathryn Jamieson, the Museum’s Curator Manager.

Each year, Cheapflights helps millions of travelers around the world find the best selection of cheap flights and travel deals. Cheapflights.ca serves Canada with an extensive choice of flight and hotel options from local partners as well as news, deals and travel information geared to the Canadian traveller.

The online travel experts partner with hundreds of providers – big and small – to bring you affordable and personalized travel options. Their powerful search technology opens up new travel possibilities and helps you see the world on a budget. With the click of a button you can search and compare cheap flights from 1000s of airlines, travel agents and travel sites.

“At Cheapflights, we think communities and culture matter,” says Brittany Dietz, Cheapflights editor. “Whether you travel across the world or down the street, there is no better way to make connections than by tapping into the people and traditions of a community. Our motto is “let’s open our world,” and that includes the communities right in our own backyards.”

Ways in which you can follow Cheapflights include: Facebook | Instagram | Blog | Twitter

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New Exhibit Explores the Origin of Goulbourn’s Street Names

June 11th, 2015

Belden's Map

An 1879 map from Belden’s Atlas (a portion seen here) shows the boundaries of the former Goulbourn Township.

 

Goulbourn Museum is launching its new exhibit Back to our Routes: The Evolution of Goulbourn’s Streets on June 21st. The exhibit delves into the origin of community and street names in old Goulbourn. “We’ll also be exploring the origin of street names in more recent communities and even areas that are currently under development,” says Tracey Donaldson, Education and Community Programmer.

The Minto Group recently named its first community in Stittsville through a naming contest, a first for both developer and city. They christened this new area Potter’s Key, in honour of Mrs. Ethel May Potter who owned the two-acre lot at 209 Carp Road almost 60 years ago. This story, and the key which is now part of the Museum’s collection, have been incorporated into the the exhibit.

The exhibition will also relay “fun facts” such as when Stittsville got its first street light and the definition of a corduroy road. Artefacts from the Museum’s collection will help narrate the story and bring the exhibit to life.

While it won’t be possible to include every street name, the Museum is hoping to get the public’s help in compiling a comprehensive list after the launch. “If you don’t see your street name, or you know how your street got its name, there will be a file here for you to add that information,” says Donaldson.

The exhibit launch takes place on Sunday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during Father’s Day Flashback. The Museum will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with an old world celebration featuring medieval fights, blacksmith & calligraphy demonstrations, Goulbourn’s Old “27” Fire Truck, food, games, face painting and much more.

Hope to see you on Father’s Day!

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Local engineer’s historic ride on last train through Stittsville

March 19th, 2015

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On September 16th, 1870 the first steam train passed through Stittsville. It travelled along a newly completed railway line that connected Brockville and Ottawa. The massive locomotive, named the “H. H. Abbott,” was built of shining steel with brass and red painted trim. It was decorated for the occasion with Union Jack flags along with red, white, and blue ribbons. One month before, a huge forest fire had destroyed much of Carleton County, so this gleaming new train would have stood out set against a blackened, charred landscape.

The new rail line had a huge impact on the lives of Stittsville families. The rail line provided an economic boost to the small community, allowing its farmers and tradesmen to do business on a much broader scale. Trains remained Stittsville’s principle means of out-of-town travel and transport until automobiles became popular in the 1950s. Stittsville Station was demolished in 1969, but trains continued to pass through the village until 1990.

On the morning of January 14, 1990, nearly 120 years after the first train passed through Stittsville, Lorne Blackburn arrived at the Ottawa Station and climbed aboard Via Rail engine 6409 for the last time. Lorne would make history as the engineer of the last train to ever pass through Stittsville. Amongst the onlookers in the crowd was Lorne’s son Steve, who recently shared his father’s story and a collection of personal photographs with the Museum.

He recalled his father’s career with Via Rail, working as an engineer on Route #1, the westbound train destined for Vancouver, British Columbia. The train, named “The Canadian,” would pass through North Bay where Lorne and the team from Ottawa, would switch with a second crew, who would continue the journey west. Lorne would then return to Ottawa on the Route #2 train that was travelling east.

The crew from Ottawa included Lorne Blackburn and Ron Irvine who worked as a conductor. The team from North Bay included Bernie Fitsmorris as engineer and Don Green as the conductor. Apart from working together on the “The Canadian,” and sharing this last journey together, all four men decided to retire from Via Rail together following this milestone trip.

Thank you to the Blackburn family for sharing this piece of Stittsville history with us at Goulbourn Museum.

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Artisan Profile: Button Box Originals

November 22nd, 2014

Button Box Originals creates unique, hand-made earrings using upcycled buttons and beads.

“I rarely create the same pair twice,” says owner Karen Mitchell. “I find it exhilarating to come up with the designs and then have people of all ages not only excited to buy them but to come back and tell me how much they love them.”

If you’re looking for a colourful gift or that perfect stocking stuffer, Button Box Originals will have a booth at Goulbourn Museum’s Outdoor Artisan Market on November 30th. Save the date!

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Meet Sarah Norton – Community Programmer and Marketing Assistant

July 11th, 2014

Sarah Norton

This is my second summer working at Goulbourn Museum as a summer student. I do a wide variety of jobs including; off site presentations, assisting with Family Craft Days, and various other tasks that make every day new and exciting.

I am currently finishing my General Degree in Cultural Studies and Anthropology at Trent University and this fall I will be entering my first year of the Applied Museum Studies Program at Algonquin College.

By working at the Goulbourn Museum I am able to explore an assortment of jobs and tasks which sustain and maintain local heritage. This position has also allowed me to assist in the development of research and educational programs to keep local history alive.

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Meet Mackenzie Bridgenaw – the Museum’s Curatorial Assistant for the Summer

July 11th, 2014

Mackenzie Bridgenaw

This is my first summer working with the Goulbourn Museum as one of their Curatorial Assistants. Needless to say, I was thrilled when hired and am enjoying my work with the Museum. In general, I have a broad amount of tasks to fulfill – largely working with the collection, accessioning and caring for it.

I have recently completed my studies at Algonquin College with the Applied Museum Studies program, and will be attending Carleton University’s Canadian Studies program this fall. My previous experience in the museum field was with my internship at the Museum of Canadian History (formerly Civilization) where I assisted in maintaining the ethnographic collection, managing loans and updating current exhibitions.

My experience with the Goulbourn Museum compliments the skills I will require in the future, and I am happy to work with such an exceptional staff.  I look forward to the coming months and all the experiences I will share with my colleagues.

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DOORS OPEN: Get a behind-the-scenes tour of Goulbourn Museum’s collection

June 4th, 2014

Members of the 100th Regiment will be at Goulbourn Museum
this weekend for Doors Open Ottawa.

Goulbourn Museum cares for over 8,000 artefacts and this weekend only the public can get a rare private tour of the collection.

The Museum is once again participating in Doors Open Ottawa, a two-day event offering free access to over 120 of our National Capital’s most prestigious and architecturally appealing buildings; many of which are not normally open to the public.

Goulbourn Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 7th and Sunday June 8th.  In addition to taking a scheduled tour, visitors can also learn the history of the buildings, enjoy spinning and weaving demonstrations by the Richmond Village Spinners and Weavers Guild, and historical reenactments by the 100th (Prince Regent’s County of Dublin) Regiment.

We hope to see you this weekend!

Please note that our Homegrown Heroes exhibit will be under construction during Doors Open. The official opening of this exhibit will be at our Father’s Day event on June 15th.

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Beechwood Cemetery’s Annual Historical Walking Tour this Sunday, June 8th

June 3rd, 2014

Costumed actors bring historical figures to life during the tour.

Save the date! It’s Beechwood Cemetery’s Annual Historical Walking Tour this Sunday.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of its outbreak, the theme for this year’s tour is the First World War. The tour includes five stops at the gravesites of men and women who fought in the trenches in Europe, cared for the injured or guided the country through the difficult war years. The tour will include war-time Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden, nurse Minnie Gallagher and Lt Alexis Helmer, whose death inspired John McRae’s famous poem, ‘In Flanders Fields.’ Costumed actors will bring these historical figures to life.

Don’t miss this stroll through beautiful and historic Beechwood, the National Cemetery of Canada.

Date: Sunday June 8, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Beechwood the National Cemetery of Canada, 280 Beechwood Ave.

For more information contact Nicole at 613-741-9530 ext 121, or email: info@beechwoodcemetery.com

The event is outdoors. Refreshments will be served after the tour. Enter by Beechwood Avenue entrance. Tour and parking are free. Wear good walking shoes.

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HOMEGROWN HEROES – Free Father’s Day Event at Goulbourn Museum June 15

June 2nd, 2014

Step back in time this Father’s Day for Homegrown Heroes – a free family event commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the First World War and the 75th Anniversary of the Second World War.

Challenge dad in the military obstacle course, send messages in Morse Code and check out a WWII jeep. Visitors can also add the name of a loved one to the Museum’s Memorial Tree, a new addition to the site that was generously donated by the Fallowfield Tree Farm.

The event will feature military groups, demonstrators and re-enactors, games, silent auction, book sale, and an old-fashioned photo booth with professional photographers from Henry’s. The Glen Scottish Restaurant and Pub will be onsite with their Tartan Kitchen serving up their famous fish & chips.

This WWII jeep is from the personal collection of long time
Stittsville resident Jeff Mosher.

The Museum will also be launching a new exhibit that tells the story of how WWI & WWII impacted the social history of Goulbourn Township. Visitors will learn about the changing role of women, war-time economy, and the evolution of the family dynamic.

All ages are welcome and admission is free.

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Young Barrhaven Students Conduct Research on WWI Veterans from Richmond

May 2nd, 2014

We recently met Rob More, a teacher at St. Emily’s Catholic School in Barrhaven, and learned about some great research his students have been doing on WWI Veterans from Richmond.

The students first searched the regiment number and looked up each veteran’s attestation papers online. They then went onto ancestry.ca and looked at census rolls to find out family information.  Finally, Mr. More went to the cemeteries and gave them the death information.

Following a format that was established by fellow teacher Blake Seward of Smiths Falls High School, students prepared brief bios and recorded them.  Five videos featuring 37 biographies can be found on the Goulbourn Museum’s YouTube site.  One pupil even represented her class at the Regional Heritage Fair and presented her findings on veteran Peter Haggerty.

Mr. More’s love of research also extends beyond the classroom.  He and Brian Tackaberry have just completed a commemorative booklet on the 103 men from Almonte who died in WWI.  The book is being released in August. He is currently compiling research on the Lanark veterans which will also be coming out in booklet format in August. You can see what he has accomplished HERE:

Next year Mr. More is publishing a booklet on the Beckwith WWI veterans and, in two years’ time, has his sights set on a publication about the WWI veterans from Barrhaven/Richmond.

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