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Volunteers needed for spring cleaning

April 26th, 2016

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The Goulbourn Museum is seeking the community’s help to get its site in ship shape for summer.

The Museum has registered with the Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaign and the cleanup will take place on Monday, May 2nd  from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The rain date is Tuesday, May 3rd.

Help will be needed sweeping sidewalks, picking up litter, raking and seeding the lawn, pruning shrubs, prepping garden beds and planting. The Museum will have a supply of plastic gloves but suggests bringing your own garden gloves if you have them.

Whether you can help for the whole day or just a couple of hours, all cleanup contributions are welcome. And if students are in need of last minute volunteer hours and have time in their school schedule to lend a hand, staff will gladly sign their forms.

Oh, and lunch is on us! It’s the least we can do.

For more information please call 613-831-2393 or email:

Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road just south of Stittsville.

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Attention students! We’re hiring for the summer

April 13th, 2016

The Goulbourn Museum is seeking a post-secondary student to work 37.5 hours per week for 14 weeks at $11.25 per hour. Job duties include: developing and assisting with public programs, registering artefacts, and providing Museum tours.

All candidates must be registered on the Young Canada Works (YCW) database.

Candidates require excellent English language skills and computer competency. French language skills and knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite are assets. Job shifts include weekends and statutory holidays. There is no public transportation to the Museum site.

Applications will be accepted by email or in-person until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Goulbourn Museum, 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville, ON, K2S 1B8.

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Museum Closed for the Easter Long Weekend

March 24th, 2016


This dainty Easter card from the Museum’s collection measures just 2-1/4″ x 4″ inches. The handwritten greeting inside says “To Isabel with much love from Francis and Kenneth Robertson.”

Goulbourn Museum will be closed from Good Friday until Easter Sunday (March 25-27 inclusive). Following the Easter holiday, the Museum will reopen Wednesday, March 30th at 1 p.m. for it’s regular weekly schedule.

Happy Easter!

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Children’s Program Volunteers Needed

March 7th, 2016


The Goulbourn Museum is seeking Children’s Program Volunteers to assist at monthly Family Craft Days.

Candidates must be good leaders, enjoy crafting and work well with children aged 4 – 11. Dressing up according to the craft day theme and participating in activities is required.

Children’s programs are held on Sundays and volunteers will be needed from 12:00 – 4:30 p.m. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of three dates (see list below).


Apr. 24:   Mystery at the Museum

 May 29:   Happy Campers

 Jun. 26:   Fossil Frenzy!

 Jul. 17:     Paging Dr. Doolittle!

 Aug. 14:   Under the Sea

 Sept. 11:   If I Only Had a Brain!

 Oct. 23:   Capes & Crusaders

 Nov. 27:   All Wrapped Up!

Click HERE for more information about each craft day.

Children’s Program Volunteers require good communication skills and must be outgoing, friendly and mature.

Successful candidates will be in Grade 9 or above, attend a mandatory orientation session (date to be determined), and be willing to have a police records check. (This volunteer opportunity is not limited to high school students.)

If volunteer hours are required, they will be given for all time spent at the museum. Please note there is no public transportation to the Museum site.

To apply, please send an email to explaining why you would like to become a Children’s Program Volunteer and how you meet the qualifications. If you would like further information, please call 613-831-2393 and ask for Tracey or Sue.

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Become a Goulbourn Museum Board Member

February 26th, 2016


Board Members Frank Argue and Bram Blenk helping at one of the Museum’s events.


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

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 6, 2016.

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 28, 2016.

Contact Information:
2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville K2S 1B8
(613) 831-2393

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City Approves Moving Bradley/Craig Barn to Munster

January 27th, 2016


Despite a city staff report recommending otherwise, the Ottawa Planning Committee voted 7-2 yesterday to demolish and move the Bradley/Craig Barn to Saunders Farm in Munster. The decision was approved by city council today.

Local resident Jim Evans spoke at the committee meeting in favour of protecting the barn, as did Glen Gower and Stittsville Village Association President Tanya Hein. The Goulbourn Museum Board of Directors also submitted a letter to the Committee requesting the demolition permit be denied.

In order to relocate the barn, Richcraft, the current owner, plans to take it apart, number each piece, and ship it to Saunders Farm to be rebuilt.

For more information on this topic, click HERE for the Museum’s previous post about the Bradley/Craig Barn and HERE for Glen Gower’s detailed article about yesterday’s marathon Committee meeting.


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Closed for the holidays

December 24th, 2015


The Goulbourn Museum is currently closed for the holidays. We will reopen at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 2nd.

Merry Christmas and see you in the new year!

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Bradley/Craig Barn Update

December 10th, 2015

View of the Bradley/Craig Barn  Credit: Commonwealth

View of the Bradley/Craig Barn. Credit: Commonwealth

The Bradley/Craig barn stands at 590 Hazeldean Road, where it has been for 140 years. The big red barn has a direct tie to the first wave of pioneers in this area. In fact, the Bradley family received the deed to that property in 1824 (almost 192 years ago!).

This morning the City of Ottawa’s Built Heritage Sub-Committee met and discussed an application to demolish the barn and move it to Saunder’s Farm. In advance of this meeting, the Goulbourn Museum submitted a letter for their consideration (below), encouraging committee members to deny Richcraft Developments from dismantling this heritage-designated barn.

We’re pleased to announce that the committee voted to deny the application.

If you would like to learn more about the barn and the Bradley family, please follow these links:


December 7, 2015

Dear Rosemary Theriault,

 RE: Application to demolish the Bradley/Craig Barn, 590 Hazeldean Road, a property designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act

The Goulbourn Museum’s mandate is to preserve and share the history of the former Goulbourn Township. As you know, the Bradley/Craig barn has a 140 year history in the community, a direct tie to the first wave of pioneers in this area and is a prominent identifier of this heritage. For that reason, the Goulbourn Museum supports the City of Ottawa’s report from the Planning Department denying Richcraft Developments from dismantling this heritage-designated barn.

 The Goulbourn Museum recognizes that the community expects Richcraft to meet its obligation to maintain this barn in its present location. This would be the best option to sustain the community’s heritage.

 The current proposal to move the barn to Saunders Farm would neither meet Richcraft’s heritage obligations nor mitigate the loss of a community resource. A pragmatic approach to further discussion involving community and heritage organizations should produce a viable solution for the use of this site.

 If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Museum’s Curator Manager, Kathryn Jamieson, at 613-831-2393 or


 Keith Hobbs

Chairperson, Goulbourn Museum Board of Directors

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Trim our tree & meet a bona fide blacksmith

November 20th, 2015


Step back in time at the Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and there will be a wide range of fun family activities to get you in the holiday mood!

  • Thread cranberries and popcorn and trim our outdoor tree in vintage style!
  • Watch a bona fide blacksmith at work! In addition to giving demonstrations, blacksmith Mark Garvock of Fall River Forge will also have some of his hand forged iron work available for purchase.
  • Listen to holiday music on a handmade street organ.  Alan Rushforth‘s musical medley and festive animatronics will put a smile on anyone’s face. A retired Aeronautical Engineer, Alan’s talents are incredible. He loves to tinker and even created the snowmobile simulator at the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology!
  • Write a letter to Santa. The Calligraphy Society of Ottawa will also be on hand to help adults draft beautiful gift tags.
  • Have a photo taken with Santa! No shopping mall line ups here! Get it printed in colour or old-fashioned sepia tone.
  • Roast marshmallows by the fire & warm up with hot chocolate & apple cider. Volunteer extraordinaire Lynn Griffiths will also be bringing her homemade cookies for visitors to sample.
  • When it’s time for lunch, Pizza All’Antica will bake your fresh, personal size pizza in their wood-fired oven while you wait!
  • And, last but certainly not least, there will be a selection of talented vendors peddling their wares at an Outdoor Artisan Market. Bring your Christmas list and get a head start on your shopping.

Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road in Stittsville. Free parking is available on the street.

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Meet the Artist: Tracy Kerr Elements Photography

November 19th, 2015

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Tracy Kerr Elements Photography specializes in fine art photography from Canada and abroad with a focus on landscape and wildlife scenes in both colour and black-and-white. Owner Tracy Kerr will be selling her art cards, calendars and prints (both framed and unframed) at the Museum’s Outdoor Artisan Market on Sunday.

“While wildlife and landscape photography are my specialties, I also pursue architectural and street photography. Over the last few years I have been exhibiting locally at galleries, markets, cafes and online through my website and Facebook page. A strong wanderlust resides in my soul and I travel several times a year with my camera ever at the ready. I also enjoy creating whimsical projects like The Red Chair and Wanderslost series. For me there is beauty in everything.”

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