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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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Week #6 – A Bump in the Road

August 14th, 2017

The joists have been removed causing the weight to remain solely on the wall supports.

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Unfortunately an accumulation of time, and water build up has disintegrated the north wall support, leaving the crew uncertain how to proceed.

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An engineer has been called to the site to analyse the situation, and determine how to continue with the work. While everything has been running smoothly thus far, it’s never easy to predict what obstacles may arise when working with old buildings!

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No Floors Before New Floors

August 2nd, 2017

The floors have been pulled up, and underneath our laminate flooring were the original hardwood, barn board, and beams.

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So far the only item that has been found to date is the Humpty Dumpty chip bag, but we’re still anticipating a few more treasures under those old floorboards!

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Week #3 – An Empty Museum means a full History Centre!

July 21st, 2017

This week the experts at Bytown Lock & Safe used a hydraulic lift to carefully remove the last artefact from the Museum. Doctor Chanonhouse’s safe would have housed his most expensive and dangerous medicines, as well as his money. It would have been very difficult to break into, and nearly impossible to move at 700 pounds without modern tools. It is now safely tucked away until the fall when the Museum reopens with brand new floors!

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Staff also worked diligently to find temporary homes in the History Centre for everything from artefacts, craft and event supplies, and furniture. It was a chore to find a place for everything, but we did it!

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We had hoped construction would begin this week but we’ve been assured it will begin on Monday. Fingers crossed!

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After Week #2 the Museum is unrecognizable!

July 20th, 2017

It took two truck loads, over 500 ft of bubble wrap, and lots of elbow grease to completely empty the Museum but we did it! Next week we’ll let the professionals move the 700 lb safe that once belonged to Dr. Chanonhouse.

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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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Become a Goulbourn Museum Board Member

February 26th, 2016

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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 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 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
info@goulbournmuseum.ca
(613) 831-2393

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