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Goulbourn Museum Seeking Part Time Employee

September 11th, 2015

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 CPA will work 17.5 hours per week primarily on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, although some evening and weekday and statutory holiday work is required. The fixed-term contract could extend up to 54 weeks beginning in mid-November. The wage for this position is $14.00 per hour. Post-secondary students are encouraged to apply.

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. He/she will be able to work outside in a variety of weather conditions, perform physical labour and be willing to work flexible hours.

Candidates require excellent English language and computer competency skills. French language skills, museum experience and knowledge of basic hand tools an asset. There is no public transportation to the Museum site. Applications will only be accepted by email at goulbmus@rogers.com until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2015. Please include the position you are applying for in the subject line.

The successful candidate will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check to the Goulbourn Museum’s satisfaction.

Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville, ON.
613-831-2393 | goulbournmuseum.ca

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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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Meet Our Curatorial Assistant Mackenzie Birdgenaw

May 22nd, 2015

Mackenzie Birdgenaw

Curatorial Assistant Mackenzie Birdgenaw

You may recognize Mackenzie Birdgenaw, this is his second summer with us as a Curatorial Assistant.  He is one of two students we have hired for the summer.  

“I am a full time student at Carleton University pursuing my undergraduate degree in Canadian Studies. I am also a graduate of the Applied Museum Studies program at Algonquin College. Ultimately, I hope to use my education to assist smaller Indigenous museums in organizing and adequately meeting the needs of their unique ethnographic collections.

My work at the Goulbourn Museum can range from cleaning the shelving units, to tidying up identification tags, or furthering my work with the MINISIS Database which allows the public digital access to the Museum’s collection. I look forward to helping further the care of Goulbourn’s collection and interacting with the community through events such as Doors Open Ottawa and Father’s Day Flashback.”

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Local engineer’s historic ride on last train through Stittsville

March 19th, 2015

Climbing_aboard

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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Old-Fashioned Christmas & Artisan Market

November 13th, 2014

Scenes from last year’s Old-Fashioned Christmas

Goulbourn Museum will be hosting an Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market on Sunday, November 30th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Take an old-fashioned photo with Santa and get a head-start on your Christmas shopping at this holiday celebration featuring local artisans, baked goodies, old world entertainment and festive crafts.

There will be oodles of free activities for all ages. Children can write letters to Santa with expert help from The Calligraphy Society of Ottawa, play with old-fashioned games and wooden toys, and watch rope making demonstrations by Tom Stephenson of The Kettle Boys. Each child will get their very own handmade skipping rope to take home.

Families can pose for a photo with Santa in our Village Store, enjoy free hot chocolate and hot apple cider compliments of the Walmart Kanata South Supercentre, roast marshmallows by the fire, and buy an authentic Neapolitan wood fired pizza from Pizza All’Antica for lunch.

This year’s list of handmade vendors features something for everyone including jewelry, wood turned pens, pottery, knitwear, stained glass art, photography, chocolates, baked goodies, natural soaps, and more!

There will be indoor and outdoor activities so be sure to wear warm boots and a jacket so you can enjoy all the fun. For regular updates, join our Facebook Event.

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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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