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Goulbourn Museum temporarily closed for renovations

June 30th, 2017

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While Canada celebrates its 150th birthday the Goulbourn Museum building is quietly turning 145 this year. If its walls could talk they would tell tales of boisterous town hall meetings, lively dances, community parties and, for the last 27 years, Museum exhibitions and events. And although its walls are still standing tall, the Museum’s floors are telling a story of their own. They have started to sag and show their age.

“After years of struggling to build exhibits on drastically uneven floors and worrying about our visitors with mobility issues, we are thrilled to announce that the City of Ottawa will be replacing our floors this summer,” says Tracey Donaldson, Acting Manager. In order to prepare the space for its face lift, Museum staff will be emptying the building of all exhibits beginning July 4th, and safely storing the artefacts in the History Centre. The construction project is expected to last all summer and will include the addition of some storage and the removal of the raised stage area so all of the floors are one level and accessible.

It is anticipated that the Museum will be under renovation from July to September and, once complete, staff will have to reinstall and reconstruct each exhibit. “We hope to reopen our doors to the public again in October,” says Keith Hobbs, Goulbourn Museum Chairperson. “Although the Museum cannot host visitors during this time, we will continue to have a presence in the community through offsite events and exhibits.” Staff will also continue to work full-time hours in the History Centre and research appointments can be accommodated upon request.

“We apologize for any inconvenience our temporary closure may cause but hope you will agree the end result will be worth the wait,” says Hobbs.

The Museum will be posting regular updates on its blog and social media so the public can follow the construction progress.

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Meet our Summer Students

June 9th, 2017

We were very lucky to have been able to hire two wonderful students this summer. Both have worked for us in the past so they have been able to hit the ground running.

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Sarah Allan – Museum and Exhibition Assistant

I am very excited to be back at the Goulbourn Museum. My last summer here was a blast, and I’m looking forward to another fast-paced, event filled summer. It’s never a dull moment at the Museum and with such a great staff and community it’s sure to be memorable.

While I took a year off of school to travel, I will be returning to Queen’s next semester to further my education. I’m continuing my studies in History, which is why I am so fortunate to be able to work in the Museum amongst the history of my hometown.

I was born in Richmond, and have since relocated to Barrhaven, though I have Goulbourn in my roots. I love the Museum, and all of the outreach it does in the local community, and I am happy to be a part of it again!

 

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Jamie Stirling – Curatorial Assistant

I am incredibly honoured to be returning to work with the team at Goulbourn Museum for the second time as a summer student. This summer I will be working as the Curatorial Assistant to help look after the artifacts in the museum’s collection and assist in research.

In May of this year, I had the opportunity to travel to Japan with my family. While we were in Tokyo, I was able to visit a rather interesting museum that was all about the invention of Cup Noodle instant ramen. We learned all about the invention of Cup Noodle in 1958 and how it took over the world (and even space)! The exhibit also wove in six lessons in creativity and reminded visitors to think outside the box and look at things from a different perspective through art and a variety of interactives. The Cup Noodles Museum did an excellent job of creating a well-rounded museum experience and they inspired me to remember to bring all and any ideas to the table in my own experience as a museum worker.

I will be returning to Algonquin College for my third and final year in the Applied Museum Studies program this fall. I will remember the lessons I learn every day from the Goulbourn Museum, the AMS program, and beyond so that I can help create a memorable experience for all museum visitors.

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Father’s Day Flashback: Musket demos! Sword Fights! Live Irish Music!

June 5th, 2017

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This Father’s Day stand in the shoes of Goulbourn’s early Irish settlers at a celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation.

Connect with the culture of the community’s past with traditional Irish music by Celtic Sea, musket demos, sword fighting, historical reenactors and more! Learn calligraphy, take home a photo keepsake from our 1867 photo booth, buy baked goods, and bid on silent auction items. Explore the new heritage garden and nature walk and leave your mark for future generations by taking part in the Museum’s legacy 150th pathway.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fire a Brown Bess musket? On Father’s Day you can join the ranks of the 100th Regiment of Foot and learn to fire a musket! Safety comes first, so you’ll begin with instructions from a uniformed guide on operating and loading the weapon properly. Cost for the musket firing experience is $20.

Father’s Day Flashback takes place at the Goulbourn Museum on Sunday, June 18th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and there will be crafts and games for children of all ages.

For more information call 613-831-2393.

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New Perks for Kits’ Club Members: Introducing ‘Museum Money’

April 24th, 2017

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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 sarah@goulbournmuseum.ca

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Local author writes “Escape to Paradise” about his life in Canada

March 2nd, 2017

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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.

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Become a Goulbourn Museum Board Member

February 24th, 2017

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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 info@goulbournmuseum.ca.

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.

Contact Information:
2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville K2S 1B8
info@goulbournmuseum.ca
(613) 831-2393

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Museum receives Two Grants for Confederation Activities

January 27th, 2017

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The Goulbourn Museum has received grants from the City of Ottawa’s 2017 Civic Events Funding Program as well as the Province’s Ontario150 Community Celebration Program.

“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.

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Museum Closed December 25 – January 6

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.

Happy Holidays!

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Local student’s photo chosen for cover of Museum Christmas card

December 14th, 2016

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For the second year in a row, a photograph taken by Stittsville’s Jordyn Simpson will grace the cover of the Goulbourn Museum’s Christmas card. The Grade 11 student at South Carleton High School captured the winning image while volunteering as an event photographer during the Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market on November 20th.

One of four volunteer photographers at the event, the 16-year-old’s picture was chosen from over 1,300 images taken that day. A selection of their photographs can be viewed on the Goulbourn Museum’s Facebook page.

Jordyn’s photo features a rustic tin star hanging from red burlap. “It is has an artistic simplicity and vintage Christmas vibe we just adore,” says Curator Manager Kathryn Jamieson.

 
This is the second year the Museum has included the community in its Christmas card design. “We’re excited to continue this tradition and happy to include our volunteers in the process,” says Kathryn.

An avid photographer, Jordyn has photographed the past two Christmas events at the Museum as well as Father’s Day Flashback in June. She also volunteered to transcribe panel text during her summer break.

The Christmas cards will be sent to members, donors, volunteers and contributors of the Goulbourn Museum.

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Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market this Sunday

November 17th, 2016

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Get a head-start on your Christmas shopping at Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market on Sunday, November 20. This annual holiday celebration features local artisans, baked goodies, old world entertainment and festive crafts.

Vendors at this year’s event will be selling a diverse array of handmade goods including stained glass, heirloom preserves, chocolates, baked goodies, natural soaps, boiled wool mittens, jewelry, handcrafted wood products, children’s toys and accessories, photography, and more! See a complete list of all participating vendors, below.

The Calligraphy Society of Ottawa will be on-hand to help children pen letters to Santa and assist adults in drafting decorative gift tags. Families can pose for a photo with Santa in the Village Store, watch a bona fide blacksmith at work, and trim an outdoor tree with decorations of yesteryear. Enjoy free hot chocolate and apple cider, roast marshmallows by the fire, and buy warm comfort food from The Hot Potato Company for lunch.

The Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market takes place this Sunday, November 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2064 Huntley Road in Stittsville. Goulbourn Museum is a registered charity that tells the story of Ottawa’s oldest military settlement and offers interactive and hands-on exhibits. Admission to the Museum is free, but donations are always appreciated.

The following artisans will be selling their handmade wares at our event:

A Touch of Glass
Black Sheep Artisan
Carruthers Cakes and Candies
Classy Carry-Alls
Crazy4Crafts
Elements Photography
Eve’s Elements
Glitzy Bubbles
His & Hers Home Co
Madewithlovebyaly
Marketa’s Creations
Monkey Mud Pottery
Quilts & Material Things
Redefined Wood
Sandee’s Country Kitchen
Sheila Cain-Sample Pen and Pencil Artist
The Beckwitch
Two Hammers
Wild Woolly Handmade Luxury Soap

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