April 24th, 2017
Hey kids! There’s never been a better time to join the Goulbourn Museum’s Kits’ Club!
In addition to our seasonal newsletter filled with photos from Museum events, fun games and contests you will also receive your very own Membership Card which now allows you to collect Museum Money to spend on rewards at the Museum! Present your card during every visit and .50¢ will be added. It even comes loaded with .50¢ to start!
Mom and dad will love the fact that being a member earns you a discount when you register for any of our workshops like Mansion Mayhem and the Museum’s March Break Craft Camps!
The cost is just $5.00 per child per year to join the club. Adults who buy a $20 Family Membership will receive 4 free Kits’ Club Memberships which can be used for children or grandchildren! Click HERE to download a membership form.
Family Programs and Activities
Goulbourn Museum has a lot of great things for kids – you can sign up for one of our monthly Family Craft Days, visit the Museum to dress up and “shop” for groceries and supplies in our Village Store, deliver mail at the postal wicket, build a log cabin, compare your height to a soldier in the War of 1812 and hear the sounds of a Brown Bess musket. AND every time you visit the Museum we will add .50¢ to your membership card!
What can I buy?
Use your Museum Money right away (one visit = 2 candy sticks!) or save it up for a bigger reward such as these:
- 2 visits = 1 Village Button
- 10 visits = 1 Wooden Yo-Yo
- 14 visits = 1 Jacob’s Ladder (wooden toy)
- 30 visits = 1 Pocket Watch
For more information please call 613-831-2393 or email email@example.com
April 5th, 2017
The Goulbourn Museum is looking for 2 post-secondary students for the following positions:
Curatorial Assistant: Duties include working with the collection, cataloguing artefacts, and daily operations.
Museum and Exhibition Assistant: Duties include exhibition development, 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 $11.40 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 Sunday, April 23, 2017. Goulbourn Museum, 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville | firstname.lastname@example.org
Full job descriptions and application details available at goulbournmuseum.ca/connect/careers/
March 2nd, 2017
Born and raised in a small town in central Germany, Gunter Speckmann was eleven when his town was liberated by U.S. troops known as Hell on Wheels. The strong impression they made lasted through the subsequent Soviet occupation and the creation of the East German communist state. The cage was locked and he and his family were inside it.
At the age of 21, Gunter found a way to break out of that cage and courageously started a new life in the free world.
In West Germany he again encountered members of Hell on Wheels. They suggested he consider life in America. Grasping available opportunities brought him to Canada. Life in Canada was yet another kind of adventure – finding the good life.
Gunter has made his home in Canada since 1958. Now retired from a career in veterinary medicine, he lives in Stittsville, Ontario, with his wife Rosemarie. They have three children and one grandchild.
Gunter still pursues some of his many hobbies, particularly photography, gardening and landscaping. The maintenance of his country property offers the perfect opportunity for physical exercise.
His book, Escape to Paradise (Burnstown Publishing House), is available from the author, Gunter Speckmann, by calling 613-831-2640. The price is $25.00 or $33.00 when shipped. The book is not available in bookstores.
To learn more, read the article about Gunter and his book which recently appeared in the Stittsville News.
February 24th, 2017
Combine a love of heritage with your personal skills and play a major role in the success of Goulbourn Museum. The Goulbourn Museum is governed by an elected Board of Directors as set out in its Constitution and By-laws. For more information, please see the Call for Nominations or email email@example.com.
How To Apply:
Please provide a statement describing the skills, knowledge and experience that you can offer the Goulbourn Museum. Please provide this to the Museum — Attention: Nominating Committee — by April 3, 2017.
Board meetings are currently held in the morning of the second Thursday, each month. Review of documentation takes place in advance.
Board members will be elected at the Museum’s Annual General Meeting on April 25, 2017.
2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville K2S 1B8
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.
December 22nd, 2016
Goulbourn Museum will be closed for Christmas from December 25, 2016 – January 6, 2017. We will reopen at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 7th.
November 4th, 2016
Mary Cooke of Crazy4Crafts will be back in the vendor tent this year with her handmade puppets and character hats. Her repertoire includes Sesame Street, Ninja Turtles and superhero puppets as well as Minion dolls, and blankets.
The Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 20th at the Goulbourn Museum. In addition to the Artisan Market, families can pose for a photo with Santa in the Village Store, pen letters to the North Pole with help from the Calligraphy Society of Ottawa, watch a bona fide blacksmith at work, and try their hand at vintage holiday crafts. Enjoy free hot chocolate and apple cider, roast marshmallows by the fire, and buy warm comfort food from The Hot Potato Company for lunch.
Goulbourn Museum’s Curator Manager Receives Ontario Museum Association Promising Leadership Award of Excellence
November 4th, 2016
Goulbourn Museum’s Curator Manager has won an Ontario Museum Association (OMA) Award of Excellence.
Kathryn Jamieson received the 2016 Promising Leadership Award of Excellence at the OMA Annual Conference in Mississauga on Thursday night. The OMA Award of Excellence in Community Engagement is presented to emerging professionals, of any position or institution, who have shown promising leadership within the museum community. An emerging professional is an individual within the first ten years of their professional career.
“The Awards of Excellence is our opportunity to recognize those institutions and individuals who exemplify their roles in the museum sector, reminding us of the impact museums have on their communities, and on Ontario as a province,” says Marie G. Lalonde, Executive Director of the Ontario Museum Association.
Former colleague, Laura Gibbs, a museum coordinator with the City of Toronto, says Ms. Jamieson has taken every leadership challenge and opportunity that has been presented to her with integrity, a willingness to learn, curiosity and tact.
“This is very well deserved,” says Goulbourn Museum Chairperson, Keith Hobbs, who expressed the Board of Directors’ congratulations to Kathryn Jamieson on receipt of the OMA award. “The museum and surrounding community are well served by her enthusiasm and proficiency.”
Ms. Jamieson has successfully taken on the challenge of transforming the museum into a community hub whose attendance has increased by over 180% in the four years that she has occupied this position. She plans to expand and develop the museum even further.
Ms. Jamieson is a member of the Ottawa Museum Network Board of Directors, on which she has been Treasurer, Vice-Chair, and Chairperson, and through which she is involved in multiple other committees. She is also the Co-Chair of the Ottawa Museum and Archives Collection Committee, and has recently begun teaching in the Applied Museum Studies program at Algonquin College. Ms. Jamieson is a leader in the Ontario museum community, dedicated to improving her museum at the community level, mentoring the next generation of heritage professionals, and advocating for museums and heritage to become a governmental priority.
Goulbourn Museum is a registered charity located in Stittsville. It tells the story of Ottawa’s oldest military settlement and offers interactive and hands-on exhibits. Its collection includes over 9,000 artefacts as well as a collection of over 40,000 artefacts from an archeological dig in Richmond.
October 17th, 2016
The Goulbourn Museum is seeking a part-time employee to fill the fixed-term contract position of Collections and Programming Administrator (CPA). This is a contract position for Maternity Leave coverage. The CPA will provide excellent customer service; perform collections management duties; assist with programming, special events, research and exhibitions; write articles for the Museum’s newsletters and social media; and, record the minutes at the Board of Directors’ meetings.
The successful candidate will have a background in museum studies, history, social science, education or related discipline and experience working in a museum environment. He/she will be able to multi-task and work independently as well as in a team setting. She/he will be able to work outside in a variety of weather conditions, perform physical labour and be willing to work flexible hours.
The CPA may work up to 30 hours per week, but a typical work-week will see two 7.5 hour shifts on weekends with the occasional weekday shift. During the summer months, there may be the potential for an increase in hours. Some evening and weekday and statutory holiday work is required. This fixed-term contract begins in mid-November and could extend up to 72 weeks. The wage for this position is $14.00 per hour. Post-secondary students are encouraged to apply.
Candidates require excellent English language and computer competency skills. French language skills and knowledge of basic hand tools are an asset. There is no public transportation to the Museum site. Applications will only be accepted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org until 12:00 noon on Friday, October 28, 2016. Please include the position you are applying for in the subject line.
Goulbourn Museum shares the story of Ottawa’s oldest military settlement and early life in the former Goulbourn Township. Located just south of Stittsville in Ottawa’s west end, Goulbourn Museum houses a diverse collection of artefacts and many interactive exhibitions. These include The 100th Regiment of Foot, dedicated to the soldiers who settled Goulbourn Township in 1818; Goulbourn Township’s Pioneers, about early life in the communities; and The Village Store where children can dress in costume to barter or shop for supplies. Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville, ON.
613-831-2393 | www.goulbournmuseum.ca
July 22nd, 2016
Each year, the Board of Directors selects a recipient for the Museum’s Heritage Advocacy Award. This award recognizes those who have made an outstanding contribution to the Goulbourn Museum.
This year the Board selected someone who is a Museum member, a longtime volunteer and a donor. This person is also extremely dedicated to volunteering in many capacities beyond the Museum and throughout the community.
Hélène Rivest is a true advocate for both heritage and community. She tirelessly donates her time to various organizations and activities, including here at the Goulbourn Museum, but also with the Stittsville Food Bank, the Stittsville Village Association, the Goulbourn Township Historical Society, the Richmond Agricultural Society, the Rotary Club, the Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticultural Society, the Royal Canadian Legion, Ottawa Race Weekend and Big Sisters.
Another cause that is very close to Hélène’s heart is the Kidney Foundation of Canada. It all started when Stittsville resident Craig Dunbar needed a kidney transplant. Hélène went through the required testing but unfortunately wasn’t a match for Craig. She was still determined to help, so the two of them became involved in the Living Donor Paired Exchange Program which connects matches incompatible pairs with compatible pairs and results in a chain of transplants. She was able to donate her kidney to a complete stranger two years ago, and has continued raising money for the cause through local fundraising activities like the Kidney Walk.
Here at the Museum, Hélène has been a longtime member of the organization. She volunteers her time and expertise in a variety of ways, from assisting at our special events like the Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market, to mending and organizing our costume collection. Each year Hélène joins Museum staff to adjudicate the Home School History Fair as well. This involves listening to presentations from children aged 8 to 14, and providing both encouragement and constructive criticism, before deciding which students will move on to the next level of the competition. Hélène is also quick to brag about her local museum and has written testimonials on our behalf.