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Majic 100: Museum of the Week, part 2

June 16th, 2012

Here is the ad you will hear on Majic 100 (today only!) for our Bicentennial Celebration event tomorrow. We have a lot of fun activities planned, including a craft called Mako a Shako, a game called Find the Shilling, and a photo booth where you can dress in period costume and pose for pictures. We also have two new exhibits about the War of 1812 launching, a presentation planned, a silent auction with tons of local goodies, a book sale and even a BBQ.

The Ottawa Museum Network has set up a contest with the station so listeners have a chance to win the new Connexion Card, an annual family pass to nine local museums in Ottawa, with tons of great benefits!

Enter the Museum of the Week contest here.
Check out the Ottawa Museum Network here.

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LAURA SECORD: A heroine forgotten in her lifetime

June 15th, 2012

War of 1812: Bicentennial Celebration

Laura Secord was taken by native scouts to tell her news to British soldiers on June 22, 1813. Image from Canadian Military Heritage Gateway website.


Laura Secord is our most celebrated heroine. But after the war, people of Upper Canada paid little attention to the heroic act of this Loyalist woman who lived in virtual obscurity, struggling to make financial ends meet. In 1860, the Prince of Wales learned of Laura’s wartime heroism and gave a gift of 100 pounds. It was her first public recognition. But it would be nearly a century until a monument was raised to pay tribute to this brave woman. 

Discover more about Laura Secord at the Exceptional Women exhibit at the Goulbourn Museum on Sunday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration has something for all ages, including historical re-enactors and presentations, War of 1812-themed crafts, new exhibitions and even an old-fashioned photo booth.

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We’re Majic 100’s Museum of the Week

June 13th, 2012


We’re proud to say that Goulbourn Museum is the Museum of the Week on the radio station Majic 100. The Ottawa Museum Network has set up a contest with the station so listeners have a chance to win the new Connexion Card, an annual family pass to nine local museums in Ottawa, with tons of great benefits!

Enter the Museum of the Week contest here.
Check out the Ottawa Museum Network here.

And most importantly, visit the Museum this Sunday, June 17 for our big War of 1812: Bicentennial Celebration! We have a lot of fun activities planned, including a craft called Mako a Shako, a game called Find the Shilling, and a photo booth where you can dress in period costume and pose for pictures. We also have two new exhibits about the War of 1812 launching, a presentation planned, a silent auction with tons of local goodies, a book sale and even a BBQ.

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LYDIA BURKE: A strong woman beside the successful man

June 12th, 2012

War of 1812: Bicentennial Celebration

 
Copy of the couple’s 1817 marriage licence obtained from St-Gabriel Presbyterian Church in Montreal
by descendant Barbara McCourt.  

She was Lydia Grant, an Irish woman who married a career officer, George Thew Burke, a captain in the 100th Regiment of Foot, who fought with Sir Isaac Brock at Queenston Heights and with Wellington at Waterloo. This devoted couple raised their nine children in Richmond where he was superintendent of the military settlement, a colonel in the militia and a MP in the Parliament of Upper Canada. She died at 37 years of age.

Discover more about Lydia Burke at the Exceptional Women exhibit at the Goulbourn Museum on Sunday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration has something for all ages, including historical re-enactors and presentations, War of 1812-themed crafts, new exhibitions and even an old-fashioned photo booth.

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AGATHE NOWLAN: Love letters from the war front

June 8th, 2012

War of 1812: Bicentennial Celebration
 


Credit Maurice Nowlan’s letters from the war front were cherished by Agathe, “my Dearest jewel.” Letters from Bibliotheque et Archives Nationales du Quebec.

Montreal’s high society was the setting for romance as the dashing Irish officer from the 100th Regiment of Foot wooed the wealthy French-Canadian woman. Lieut. Maurice Nowlan went off to guard the Canadian borders so the young couple wrote copious letters — he in various forts, and she at her parents’ home. Prior to a night attack, Lieut. Nowlan’s final letter is a poignant tribute to their love.

Discover more about Agathe Nowlan at the Exceptional Women exhibit at the Goulbourn Museum on Sunday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration has something for all ages, including historical re-enactors and presentations, War of 1812-themed crafts, new exhibitions and even an old-fashioned photo booth.

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JANE VAUGHAN: A lady in love with an Irish soldier

June 4th, 2012

War of 1812: Bicentennial Celebration


Her family was fleeing the troubles in Ireland when a shipboard romance changed a young girl’s life. The image is the front cover of Jane Barrett’s 1976 novel, Woman of Ireland.

Lady Jane Copeland fell madly in love with the handsome passenger on the tall ship heading for the Canadian colonies. But her Irish mother was not happy at the intention of her teenaged daughter to marry this red-coated soldier from the 100th Regiment of Foot, especially during a war with the United States. But the headstrong girl married William Vaughan without her mother’s blessing.


Discover more about Jane Vaughan at the Exceptional Women exhibit at the Goulbourn Museum on Sunday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration has something for all ages, including historical re-enactors and presentations, War of 1812-themed crafts, new exhibitions and even an old-fashioned photo-booth.

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CATHERINE LYON: Living dangerously in a war zone

May 29th, 2012

War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration

Credit: A letter by Cathe Lyon on Oct. 16, 1814, from the Archives of Ontario

Catherine Lyon coped with danger every day as the young bride stayed with her husband, Lieut. George Lyon, in British forts under attack on the Niagara frontier. At the Battle of Chippawa, Lieut. Lyon was seriously injured in cannon fire from an American invading army. Catherine later wrote her aunt fearing that if another “dreadful battle” would break out, the British troops would suffer defeat. Luckily, the Americans returned to the United States. 

Discover more about Catherine Lyon at the new exhibit, launching at the Goulbourn Museum on Sunday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration has something for all ages, including historical re-enactors and presentations, War of 1812-themed crafts, new exhibitions and even an old-fashioned photo booth.

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MARIA HILL: Disguised as a man, she went off to war

May 22nd, 2012

War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration

An elderly Maria Hill rides in a float for the 1867 confederation parade in Richmond. The image is from a mural painted by Becky Marr-Johnson.

Maria Hill was no stranger to the blood and gore of battlefields as a nurse tending wounded soldiers. She even disguised herself as a man so she could follow her husband to the front lines. The 21-year-old English girl was truly “a daughter of the regiment” as she marched off to war. 

Discover more about Maria Hill at the Exceptional Women exhibit at the Goulbourn Museum on Sunday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration has something for all ages, including historical re-enactors and presentations, War of 1812-themed crafts,
new exhibitions and even and old-fashioned photo-booth.

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John Wright’s Sketch Journal

January 31st, 2012

Goulbourn Museum has recently hired Lord Cultural Resources to create a ten-year strategic plan for the Museum. To start the process, staff met with John Wright, Susan Dunlop and Brad King to discuss the project and to show them the site. While the Lord Cultural Resources representatives were here, we noticed that John Wright was sketching away. We were very pleased to see that John had added his water coloured sketches (above) to his personal blog. You can view his blog here. Thank you John for sharing your sketches with us!

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Remembering the Great War

November 11th, 2011

For Remembrance Day, the Goulbourn Museum installed an exhibit at the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library called Remembering the Great War. This exhibit includes artefacts from both World Wars, including a helmet, uniform, grooming kit, bayonet, and gas mask, and will be on display until the end of the month.

Brenda Holtz, one of our fabulous volunteers, spent countless hours compiling scrapbooks for us last year. One scrapbook lists veterans of World War One and World War Two from Goulbourn Township, and the other scrapbook holds copies & transcripts of letters from Private Sefton Stewart. Sefton was a soldier who fought and died in the Great War, and who frequently send letters home to his family. Both scrapbooks are included in this exhibit, and we encourage you to read through them.

For more on the exhibit, please see John Curry’s article in this week’s edition of the Stittsville News (November 10, 2011) on page 13. You can view the Stittsville News online here.

Lest we forget. 

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