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Local engineer’s historic ride on last train through Stittsville

March 19th, 2015

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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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Museum turns 25 this year! Do you have any old photos of the building?

February 24th, 2015

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In celebration of the Museum’s 25th year in Goulbourn, we would like to round up as many vintage photographs of the building as possible for our “Birthday Bash” on June 21st.

We’ve heard stories about meetings, dances, and soirees being held in the Museum in its past life, but don’t have any photographic evidence. We are looking for any interior or exterior shots taken before the Museum and History Centre buildings became what they are today. The older the better! With your permission, we would also like to scan them and make copies for our collection.

If you can help, please call 613-831-2393 or send an email to: kathryn@goulbournmuseum.ca

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Heritage Enthusiasts Encouraged to Join Museum Board

February 23rd, 2015

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Combine a love of heritage with your personal skills and play a role in the success of Goulbourn Museum.

The Museum is governed by an elected Board of Directors which meets in the morning on the second Thursday of every month. The Board currently has two vacancies and is seeking members of the community who share a pride in Goulbourn’s heritage to join the Board, or to nominate someone else for candidacy.

A Call for Nominations explaining the application process and a copy of the Museum’s By-laws have been posted to the Museum’s website. The website also contains a list of current Board members.

To apply, candidates are asked to provide a statement describing the skills, knowledge and experience they can offer the Goulbourn Museum. This should be addressed to the attention of the Nominating Committee and submitted to the museum by April 1, 2015. Elections will take place at the Annual General Meeting of the Museum on the evening of Thursday April 23, 2015.

If you would like more information or have any questions about joining the Goulbourn Museum Board of Directors, please feel free to contact Curator-Manager Kathryn Jamieson at 613-831-2393 or info@goulbournmuseum.ca.

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.

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New community name unveiled at Museum

February 6th, 2015

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In 1957, Debbie Eastop’s parents bought a house on Carp Road between Stittsville Main and Hazeldean Road. The home was originally a blacksmith’s house which was purchased from a woman named Mrs. Potter. Mrs. Potter held the mortgage and Debbie remembers walking through the field with her mother to make the monthly payment. After the mortgage was paid off, Mrs. Potter gave the family an ornate old house key appropriately labeled “Potter’s Key”.

Today, Debbie and her family generously donated the Potter’s Key to the Goulbourn Museum collection. We are honoured to be gifted with this piece of history. The Minto Group held an event at the Museum on February 6, 2015 to announce the name of the new community coming to Stittsville. The “Potter’s Key” development will be built on the border of the former Huntly and Goulbourn Townships near Hazeldean and Carp Roads.

 

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Heritage Day in Ottawa

February 6th, 2015

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We will be among over 45 exhibitors celebrating Heritage Day at Ottawa City Hall on Tuesday, February 17th from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

We hope you can carve out some time in your day to find our booth and discover “Snow Much Fun” – Goulbourn Museum’s traveling exhibit on winter activities and wear. The items on display touch on some of winter’s most popular pastimes and include a variety of clothing and accessories as well as frequently used wintertime supplies and sporting equipment.

Heritage Day is a nationwide celebration that encourages all Canadians to explore their local heritage, to get involved with stewardship and advocacy groups, and to visit museums, archives, and places of architectural significance.

Join the Cultural and Heritage Services Branch in partnership with the Council of Heritage Organization in Ottawa at Ottawa City Hall, browse informational displays and mingle with over 45 exhibitors at the 2015 Heritage Showcase.

Click HERE for more information about Heritage Day.

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War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration

June 12th, 2012

Join us for our War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration!  Help us to commemorate the War and our community’s direct connection. Bring your family & friends and enjoy military re-enactors, games, exhibitions, presentations, sales and much more. This Bicentennial Celebration will take place both indoors and outdoors on the Museum grounds. For more information, please visit www.goulbournmuseum.ca, email education@goulbournmuseum.ca, or call 613-831-2393.

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Summertime is Funtime

June 12th, 2012

The warm weather is here & school is out! Kids will have a blast creating crafts that embrace the best season of all For kids ages 4-11.  Please call 613-831-2393 or email education@goulbournmuseum.ca to register and guarantee a spot.

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Boat Races & Activities

June 12th, 2012

Sunshine, water and warm weather inspire the crafts and activities for kids at this event.  Watch as kids attempt to make a sea worthy boat and race them in our wading pool For kids ages 4-11.  Please call 613-831-2393 or email education@goulbournmuseum.ca to register and guarantee a spot.

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