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Meet Curatorial Assistant Matthew Weickert

December 11th, 2017

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I am excited to be part of the Goulbourn Museum team for the next few months as the Curatorial Assistant. I graduated from Carleton University (Go Ravens) with a B. A. in History and have recently completed a post graduate certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough.

I was born and raised in the small town of Milton, a short five hour drive from here. While this is my first time in Goulbourn I have already learned a lot about this area’s fascinating military history. My interest in museum work stems from my love of history which only grew stronger after spending my summers giving three hour lighthouse tours on Chantry Island and volunteering with community museums.

I am looking forward to my time here and will be working with the Museum in multiple capacities ranging from collections, exhibitions and even programming. I have only begun to learn about the community but I cannot wait to see what new people and places I will find just around the corner.

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End of an Era: Stittsville News closing after 60 years

December 8th, 2017

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Photo courtesy of Goulbourn Museum. Goulbourn Township Historical Society Collection.

Sadly, late last month we heard that after 60 years of operation, the Stittsville News will be shutting down. The first edition of the Stittsville News was published December 12, 1957 by Goulbourn resident Howard Maguire. The first home of the newspaper was in a building located behind Bradley’s General Store. The paper and his print shop were located on the bottom floor from 1957 through to 1972 when he sold the paper to the Renfrew Mercury. The upper level housed the Bell Telephone exchange explaining the Bell vehicle on the left. In the mid-60s, when direct dialing came into force, Bell relocated to a new Bell Telephone exchange building on Hazeldean Road at Fringewood.

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In 1975, John Curry bought the paper and has been involved in keeping residents up to date ever since. This sign, which is part of the Goulbourn Museum’s collection, was on display at the Stittsville News office when it was situated in the Bell Service Centre (Ray Bell’s service station, store and office building) where the Ultramar Plaza now is. Curry’s Antiques was run by John’s mother, Mary.

“(She) helped me with the paper and was an antiques expert who dabbled in antiques,” said John. “Having the antiques in the office helped with expenses, a little.” Mary ran the antiques business for a number of years until the paper moved from the Bell Service Centre to a little white building across from the Legion. It later moved again into a (then) brand new plaza at the corner of Manchester and Main.

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Attention Students! We’re hiring a Curatorial Assistant

November 21st, 2017

Goulbourn Museum is seeking a student for the position of Curatorial Assistant to work with the Museum’s collection and to assist with daily operations, educational programming, exhibitions and special events. The selected candidate will gain experience in collections management, including storage, cataloguing and the photography of artefacts. Deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday, November 26, 2017.

Duration: 12 weeks

Hours:  30 hours a week

Anticipated Start Date: Monday, December 4, 2017

Salary: $14.00/hr.

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Introducing this year’s line up for the Outdoor Artisan Market

October 24th, 2017

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Save the date! The Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market takes place Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NOTE: Due to extensive renovations at the Museum the event will take place at the Goulbourn Municipal Building (350 meters away).

We are excited to introduce this year’s line up of talented vendors. Their handmade gift items include heirloom preserves, baked goodies, natural soaps and candles, stained glass, children’s clothing, toys, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, textiles, dog treats and more!

A Touch of Glass
Baked
Clare’s Old Farmhouse Soap
Classy Carry-Alls
Couture Kids
Crafted by Caitlan
Crazy4Crafts
Eve’s Elements
Harley’s Homemade Treats
His & Hers Home Co.
Marketa’s Creations
Monkey Mud Pottery
Nancy Sinclair Glass Jewellery
Quilts & Material Things
The Beckwitch
The Sugar Tarts
Tweed & Needle
Wild Woolly Handmade & Luxury Soap
Wood & Ashes

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Museum construction progressing nicely

October 24th, 2017

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So THIS happened today! It became evident in August that we would need a new sill beam poured when the construction team discovered that the Museum’s north wall support had disintegrated.

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Meet our new Collections Project Coordinator Kathryn DeMarsh

October 17th, 2017

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Kathryn DeMarsh

“I am very excited to be working here this Fall and Winter as the Collections Project Coordinator. I have a bachelor of honours in History from Windsor University and a post graduate certificate in Museum and Gallery Studies from Georgian College.

I am from the Southwestern area of Ontario – around 8 hours south of here. This is my first time in Stittsville and I am excited to learn the area’s local history. I will be spending the next several months exploring the area and discovering all it has to offer. Having worked in several small local museums I love learning all about the local history – the people and places that make the community what it is today.

I will be working on several projects to commemorate the history of Richmond. I am most looking forward to exploring the history behind the objects in the collection and sharing that knowledge with the community. I have experience in helping put together exhibitions and writing artefact blog posts and am very much looking forward to leading projects of my own.”

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Renovation update October 2017

October 5th, 2017

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Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Museum renovations will not be finished in October as initially hoped. In order to safely replace the rotted support beams, crews have to pour a new sill beam by lifting the Museum’s wooden structure ¼ inch. Needless to say this won’t happen overnight.

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In the interim, Mansion Mayhem will be held in the Stittsville Library and we are relocating our popular Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market to the Goulbourn Municipal Building just 350 meters up the road. The History Center will remain open and research appointments can be made upon request.

At this time we don’t anticipate reopening until January 2018 but we will keep you posted as updates become available.

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We’re hiring a Collections Project Coordinator (6-month internship)

September 21st, 2017

 

Goulbourn Museum is seeking a Collections Project Coordinator (CPC) to work with the Museum’s collection and oversee the completion of three special projects: a Richmond 2018 commemorative book, Richmond Through the Decades: a historical presentation, and the Museum’s 20 Decades of Richmond (told through artefacts) exhibition. The CPC will be responsible for the planning, preparation and execution of these projects.

This is a Young Canada Works sponsored Internship for six months. It is for young professionals and recent graduates who want professional experience working with a museum collection. The selected candidate will gain experience in collections management, including storage, cataloguing, and photographing artefacts. They will also learn to use the MINISIS database and gain critical project planning and managing skills.

Candidates will have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in at least one of the following fields of study; history, library science, archival science, art history, archaeology, museum studies, or education.

Start Date: October 10, 2017
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Salary: $14/hr.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to goulbmus@rogers.com by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

The Goulbourn Museum, located in Stittsville, Ontario, is housed in the original Town Hall built in 1872. Today it shares the story of Ottawa’s oldest military settlement and early life in the former Goulbourn Township.

*PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO THE MUSEUM SITE.*

We thank all applicants however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Museum Renovation update

September 12th, 2017

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Last month the Museum’s renovation project hit a bump in the road when the crew discovered that the north wall support had disintegrated. Construction had to be stopped until engineers could go back to the drawing board and come up with a solution.

We now have an update! The proposed new floor plans have been submitted to a mechanical engineer for review and the City is awaiting the shoring drawings from the contractor’s engineer in order to proceed with the replacement of the rim beam at the top of the existing footing/bottom of the wall.

We’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed that everything is tickety-boo and that we will see the crew back on site soon!

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Call for Vendors

August 17th, 2017

 

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The Goulbourn Museum is now accepting applications for its Outdoor Artisan Market on Sunday, November 19, 2017. All products must be original and handmade by the artist. Space rental is $50 and includes one 6’ table and two chairs. This is a juried event and vendors will be chosen carefully to ensure a well-balanced show with quality products. 

Click HERE to apply.

Currently in its fifth year, the Museum’s Old Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market is a popular annual event which attracted close to 800 visitors in 2016. In addition to the market, the day also includes vintage Christmas activities and photos with Santa.

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