February 26th, 2016
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville K2S 1B8
December 10th, 2015
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 email@example.com.
Chairperson, Goulbourn Museum Board of Directors
November 12th, 2015
We’re happy to report that Mary Cooke of Crazy4Crafts will be returning to our Outdoor Artisan Market to peddle her amazing crochet creations. She has everything from character hats and toys to Christmas decorations.
Mary has been crocheting since she was 17 and did craft shows to supplement the family income while she was a stay-at-home mom. Today she has a permanent booth at the Kemptville Crafters’ Market.
November 6th, 2015
Shop local and handmade at Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market on Sunday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The vendor tent will be bursting with talented artisans selling a diverse array of handmade goods. Over the next two weeks we will be profiling each of the vendors individually but, for now, here is a list of the awesome people you will encounter:
August 14th, 2015
We are thrilled to announce that Cheapflights has joined us as a Community Outreach Sponsor. “Being a Registered Charity, the Goulbourn Museum relies on Community Outreach Sponsors such as Cheapflights to help us fulfill our mandate,” says Kathryn Jamieson, the Museum’s Curator Manager.
Each year, Cheapflights helps millions of travelers around the world find the best selection of cheap flights and travel deals. Cheapflights.ca serves Canada with an extensive choice of flight and hotel options from local partners as well as news, deals and travel information geared to the Canadian traveller.
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“At Cheapflights, we think communities and culture matter,” says Brittany Dietz, Cheapflights editor. “Whether you travel across the world or down the street, there is no better way to make connections than by tapping into the people and traditions of a community. Our motto is “let’s open our world,” and that includes the communities right in our own backyards.”
May 22nd, 2015
Sarah Allan is one of two students hired for the summer. As Museum Assistant her duties include everything from programming and marketing to grounds maintenance! Hers will be the friendly face you see when you visit the Museum or accompany your kids to one of our Family Craft Days.
“This is my first summer working at the Goulbourn Museum, and I am extremely excited about the opportunity. I grew up in Richmond so I can’t wait to learn about the history that makes the Goulbourn Township so unique!
I have always had a great interest in history, archaeology, and palaeontology (I still want a pet dinosaur) which has only been furthered by the chance to work at the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, and now the Goulbourn Museum. I have recently graduated from Queen’s University with an honours degree in History, and I am excited that after three summers in Kingston, I’ll be able to, again, enjoy the hot summers of my hometown.
Though I am still trying to decide what to do when I grow up, I am so grateful to be currently working with such a welcoming staff, that endeavour to preserve the history and stories of everyday people in our community.
I look forward to seeing you this summer!”
May 21st, 2015
The Goulbourn Museum is looking for volunteers to help at two events in June.
The first event is Doors Open which takes place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this time staff will be offering tours of the Museum, as well as behind-the-scenes tours of the artefact collection which is housed in the History Centre. We need at least two volunteers each day to dress in period costume and greet visitors. We will provide the costumes but volunteers will need to bring their own lunch.
The second volunteer opportunity is at our Father’s Day Flashback event on Sunday, June 21st. This is a free family event and volunteers are needed to help with set up, take down, and everything in between. Duties could include emptying garbage cans, supervising games, helping at the photo booth, or wearing period costume and greeting visitors. We need three to five volunteers to assist at this event and lunch will be provided (thank you Big D’s!). The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. but help could be needed before and after those hours for set up and take down.
If you would like to be considered for a position, please fill out a Volunteer Application Form and return it to the Museum by mail or in person (we’d love to meet you!). The Museum’s address is: 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville, ON K2S 1B8
We are happy to provide volunteer hours but, depending on the position, volunteers could be working independently so a certain level of maturity is required (ideally age 16 and up).
For more information please call Kathryn at 613-831-2393.
April 27th, 2015
We’re seeking the community’s help to get our site in ship shape for the summer season.
The Museum has registered with the Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaign and spiffying up the site will take place on Monday, May 4th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (weather permitting).
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 we suggest bringing your own garden gloves if you have them.
Whether you can help for the whole day or just for an hour, 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.
For more information please call 613-831-2393 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 19th, 2015
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.
February 24th, 2015
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: email@example.com