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Descendants of Goulbourn pioneer encouraged to attend exhibit launch

July 30th, 2019

Isabella Pratt Allen, who was born on the ninth line of Goulbourn Township in March of 1837, is quoted on this newly installed exhibit panel at the Goulbourn Museum.

Isabella Pratt Allen, who was born on the ninth line of Goulbourn Township in March of 1837, is quoted on this newly installed exhibit panel at the Goulbourn Museum.

The great grandson of Goulbourn settler Isabella Pratt Allen is hoping to connect with other descendants and gather for the unveiling of a new exhibit at the Goulbourn Museum on Saturday, August 17.

Robin Ritchie, an Ottawa lawyer, estimates that descendants of his great grandmother must number well over 200. “Many of her descendants are still in the Ottawa area but many have moved away and we’d like to get the word out to all of them about this event,” he said. Descendants can reach out to Mr. Ritchie via email (rritchie@perlaw.ca) to share the details of their family connection.

The outdoor exhibition shines a spotlight on Stanley’s Corners, the area surrounding the Museum. Isabella, who was born on the ninth line of Goulbourn Township in March of 1837, is quoted on one of the exhibit panels. Her quote, originally published in The Evening Citizen in 1936 when she was in her 100th year, recalls the harrowing times of the early settler in the Ottawa Valley. “We seemed hemmed right in with bush. We could only see a short distance from any point,” she said. “The constant fear of all the settlers was that a fire might start in the bush and that they would be caught in it.”

At the event to launch this permanent outdoor exhibit, Mr. Ritchie will also be donating a portrait of Isabella that dates to the late 1800s. The Museum’s brand new heritage garden will also be unveiled.

“The exhibit highlights old businesses and people’s memories of Stanley’s Corners,” said Tracey Donaldson, Manager and Exhibitions Curator at the Goulbourn Museum. Each outdoor panel will feature details about a specific heritage plant to incorporate the new garden. “We want to teach the community about the importance of gardens and how they would have been depended on in Goulbourn’s early years,” she explains. “Plants would have been used for everything from food, medication and dye.”

Living off the land was something Isabella would have grown up doing. Raising 11 children while her husband was often away for the winter months in the logging camps of the Ottawa Valley meant Isabella had to be strong, industrious and energetic. She thought nothing of walking three miles to Richmond, and back, for groceries and supplies. She was known never to take an afternoon nap in her entire life, not once. There were just too many things to get done on the Twin Elm farm.

“She was a remarkable woman by any standard,” said Mr. Ritchie of his great grandmother who passed away quietly in 1942 at the age of 105.

To celebrate the launch of the exhibit and garden, the public is invited to the Goulbourn Museum for a Corn Roast on Saturday, August 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Relatives and descendants of Isabella Pratt Allan are encouraged to attend. The event will feature musical entertainment, games and activities and of course, fresh corn donated by Fallowfield Tree Farm. Families can bring a blanket and enjoy an afternoon feast while reveling in some old-fashioned fun on the Museum grounds. Cost is by donation.

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Meet our summer students – Adam Kaegi and Rachel Liston

May 22nd, 2019

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I am so happy to be joining the Goulbourn Museum team for the summer of 2019 as the Collections Assistant. I have a background in military and political history and am a graduate from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario where I received a specialization in history and a minor in political science. Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated with the past and have always enjoyed going to museums.

I grew up in the Town of Parry Sound on Georgian Bay where I had the privilege to work at the West Parry Sound District Museum and got my first taste of the exciting world of museum work. During my degree at Laurentian University I was employed at the Sudbury Police Museum where I got to learn more about the policing history of Northern Ontario. After being a part of both of these institutions I enjoyed the work so much that I enrolled in the Applied Museum Studies Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa where I hope to gather the technical skills required to work full-time in the museum field either as a curator or a collections manager.

During my spare time I collect and play board games with family and friends. I am also an avid reader of fantasy, science fiction and alternative history novels, and I play hockey and soccer when time allows.

I am looking forward to my summer in Goulbourn and meeting people from both the local area and abroad so I can learn and inform others about the fascinating history of this area.

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I am excited to join the team at the Goulbourn Museum as the Museum and Exhibition Assistant this summer. I am in the middle of completing a Bachelor of Arts at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON. I am pursuing a major in English Literature and a minor in Communications Studies; I am passionate about my studies and am excited to put what I’ve learned to practical use for the Museum.

I’ve lived in the Goulbourn community my entire life (on one of the original farms!) and am eager to use this opportunity with the Museum to give back to the community I’ve been a part of for so long. I have previously volunteered with the Ottawa Public Library and I am looking forward to reaching out in the same way through the programs I will run in partnership with Caitlyn.

When I’m not working, studying, or reading, you can often find me practicing different hobbies like embroidery.

I’m looking forward to my summer at Goulbourn Museum and meeting all of the visiting members of the community that make it so special.

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PARTNERS IN GRIME: Volunteers needed to clean Museum site on May 26

May 6th, 2019

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DUE TO THE WEATHER FORECAST THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO SUNDAY, MAY 26TH.

Many hands make light work. Please be our Partners in Grime and help get our site in ship shape for summer! We are participating in the GLAD Cleaning the Capital program and volunteers are needed on SUNDAY, MAY 26th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a variety of outdoor jobs including raking, weeding, and planting. You will be compensated for your hard work with refreshments and a pizza lunch! (We are happy to sign school forms for volunteer hours.)

Latex gloves and cleaning supplies will be available but feel free to bring your own gardening gloves if you have them. We might also need a few extra rakes.

Please send us an email and let us know you’re coming: register@goulbournmuseum.ca

 

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Become a Goulbourn Museum Board Member

February 27th, 2019

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The Goulbourn Museum’s Board of Directors presently has one vacant position.

Combine a love of heritage with your personal skills and play a major role in the success of the 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 submit this to the Museum — Attention: Nominating Committee — by April 1, 2019.

Board members will be elected at the Museum’s Annual General Meeting on April 23, 2019.

Contact Information:
2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville K2S 1B8
info@goulbournmuseum.ca
(613) 831-2393

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Fire a Brown Bess Musket!

June 19th, 2018

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fire a Brown Bess Musket? Well, wonder no more!

Goulbourn Museum will be partnering with the 100th Regiment of Foot for the summer season to offer the popular Hands on History program. The summer schedule has been finalized and the first opportunity to participate is this Thursday, June 21 from 1:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cost to fire three rounds is $22 (taxes included).

2018 Hands on History Schedule:

Thursday, June 21 – 1:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 28 – 1:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 8 – 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 12 – 1:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 22 – 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 26 – 1:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 5 – 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 9 – 1:30 – 7:30 p.m.

*Hands on History is restricted to ages 16+. Participants must register with the Museum, submit a waiver and successfully complete the training provided by the 100th Regiment. Prepayment is required. Hands on History is weather permitting. In the event of rain, participants may reschedule or choose to be refunded. 

For more information or to register, email register@goulbournmuseum.ca or call 613-831-2393.

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Goulbourn Museum’s Curator Manager Accepts Heritage Tourism Manager Position with Town of Perth

June 4th, 2018

Sgt. Jonah Ellens & Corporal Jeffery Parent of the 100th Regiment of Foot (Reenacted) stand at attention while Museum Chairperson Ken Cownley, left, and Vice-Chairperson Linda Preston, right, present Kathryn Jamieson with a parting gift.

Sgt. Jonah Ellens & Corporal Jeffery Parent of the 100th Regiment of Foot (Reenacted) stand at attention while Museum Chairperson Ken Cownley, left, and Vice-Chairperson Linda Preston, right, present Kathryn Jamieson with a parting gift.

After six years as Curator Manager of the Goulbourn Museum, Kathryn Jamieson has accepted a position with the Town of Perth as its Heritage Tourism Manager.

Ms. Jamieson started working at the Museum in 2008 and was promoted to the role of Curator Manager in 2012. She successfully took on the challenge of transforming the museum into a community hub whose attendance has increased by over 220% in the years that she has been at the helm. Her achievements were recognized in 2016 when she received the Promising Leadership Award of Excellence from the Ontario Museum Association.

“I’m looking forward to this new opportunity but I am going to miss my colleagues and the network of people I’ve come to know in Goulbourn that care about the Museum and care about heritage,” says Ms. Jamieson.

Some of her proudest accomplishments include her first major project grant – the Museum’s wildly successful War of 1812 Commemoration – securing a significant sponsorship from Minto, and more recently, the Museum’s renovations. “After years of dealing with drastically uneven floors and asking for the City’s help, it finally happened! The new floors are beautiful and I’m thrilled I got to see the finished product,” she says.

“Kathryn was instrumental in making the Museum what it is today,” says Museum Chairperson, Ken Cownley.  “She is greatly respected among board members and her colleagues and we wish her the very best in her new endeavor. Goulbourn’s loss will be Perth’s gain.”

To ensure a smooth transition, Tracey Donaldson has been appointed the new Manager of the Museum. The former Education Officer has been with the Museum for 11 years and recently completed 15 months as Acting Manager while Ms. Jamieson was on parental leave. “The Board has every confidence that the Museum is in great hands,” says Mr. Cownley.

Ms. Jamieson’s last day at the Museum is Monday, June 4, 2018 but she plans to stay connected to the organization as a member.

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Volunteers needed for Spring Cleaning the Museum Site

May 16th, 2018

Earlier this year Goulbourn Museum Chairperson Keith Hobbs and Richard Czuba from the Kiwanis Club of Manotick  accepted the City's Cleaning the Capital "Ward Award"  which Rideau-Goulbourn won for the greatest participation based on project participants per capita for the spring  campaign.

Earlier this year Goulbourn Museum Chairperson Keith Hobbs (holding the certificate) and Richard Czuba from the Kiwanis Club of Manotick accepted the City’s 2017 Cleaning the Capital “Ward Award” which Rideau-Goulbourn won for the greatest participation based on project participants per capita for the spring campaign.

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

The Museum has registered with the GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign and site cleanup will take place on Tuesday, May 22nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date is Wednesday, May 23rd.

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

All cleanup contributions are welcome, even if you can just come for an hour! A pizza lunch will be provided for all volunteers.

For more information please call 613-831-2393 or email: info@goulbournmuseum.ca

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Goulbourn Museum tells the story of Ottawa’s oldest military settlement. It is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville, at Stanley’s Corners and is open Wednesday – Sunday from 1-4 p.m. For more information, please visit www.goulbournmuseum.ca, or join the Museum on Facebook for regular updates.

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Meet Goulbourn Museum’s New Executive

May 11th, 2018

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On April 24, 2018 the Museum had a successful Annual General Meeting (AGM) where we approved the audited financial statements, various reports, and appointed the auditors for the 2018 year. Thank you to our members for their ongoing support and participation at the AGM, in person and by proxy.

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The meeting was led by outgoing chair Keith Hobbs who recently completed his third and final one-year term. During his tenure Keith implemented the annual evaluation of the Curator Manager, as well as Board Self-Evaluations. He also created a Strategic Planning Day and developed a Governance Committee. Keith has been a huge advocate of the Museum over the years as a representative at community and heritage events throughout the City. Thank you to Keith for his leadership and dedication over the past three years.

At the first board meeting after the AGM, a new executive was elected. We’re pleased to announce Ken Cownley as the new Chairperson, Linda Preston as Vice-Chairperson and to welcome Phil Sweetnam back as Treasurer, and Frank Argue as Secretary.

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We’re hiring for the summer

April 5th, 2018

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The Goulbourn Museum is looking for 2 post-secondary students for the following positions:

Collections Assistant: Duties include working with the collection, cataloguing artefacts, and daily operations.

Museum and Exhibition Assistant: Duties include exhibition development, programming, marketing, design and daily operations.

Candidates require excellent English language skills and computer competency. Successful candidates will be post-secondary students enrolled in museum studies, history, arts, business, graphic design or marketing. French is an asset.

Positions are 16 weeks at $14.00 per hour for 37.5 hours per week. Work includes weekends and statutory holidays. There is no public transportation to the Museum site.

Applications accepted by email or in-person until midnight Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Goulbourn Museum, 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville | goulbmus@rogers.com

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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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