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Call for vendors: Outdoor Artisan Market November 20th

August 19th, 2016


The Goulbourn Museum is currently accepting vendor applications for its Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market.

The market will be held on Sunday, November 20th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Goulbourn Museum (2064 Huntley Road in Stittsville). This is a juried show and all products must be handmade. There are just 15 spaces available for this market.

Deadline for applications is September 16, 2016.

Click HERE to apply.

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Reenactors, Animal Display, Exhibit Launch, Vintage Games…and more!

June 8th, 2016

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Father’s Day Flashback is fast approaching and it’s shaping up to be a wonderful day.

The Museum’s new exhibition Healing Hands – Medicine During the World Wars will launch at the event which takes place Sunday, June 19. This exhibit focuses on the Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Nursing Sisters, and veterinarians and was made possible thanks to a financial grant received from the Government of Canada’s World Wars Commemorations Community Fund.

Reenactors from the WWI Canadian Army Medical Corps (recreated) will be transforming the Museum grounds into a Casualty Clearing Station and Forward Aid Post.

Additional attractions will include Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary, an old-fashioned photo booth, vintage games (including wooden stilts), a caricature artist, children’s crafts and games, plus an ice cream vendor and a BBQ. And don’t miss our silent auction and a chance to bid on some amazing prizes including tickets to an Ottawa Senators’ home game!

Children can also play in the revamped Village Store which now features costumes and food from the WWII era. It is also the new home of the Ashton General Store’s postal wicket which was generously donated to the Museum last month.

Author Larry Cotton will be in the Museum from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to sign copies of his latest book in the Whiskey & Wickedness series about the Rideau military settlements. Local collectors will be bringing old music back to life on their phonograph exhibit that includes both disc and cylinder phonographs.

Father’s Day Flashback is sponsored by Minto Potter’s Key and takes place from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Admission is free but you’ll want to bring some cash for lunch and treats (not to mention silent auction prizes!).

See you on Father’s Day!

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May 19th, 2016


Jamie Stirling is one of two students we have hired for the summer. As Museum Assistant her duties include everything from programming 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 summer will be my first experience working in a museum setting and I am extremely excited to get started! I have wanted to work in museums and with artefacts ever since “Bring your Kid to Work” Day in the 9th Grade when I saw construction workers at the Parliament Buildings. I was scared they were going to change the buildings so I decided I wanted to make sure that didn’t happen. Having grown up in Stittsville I’m delighted for the opportunity to work at the Goulbourn Museum and learn more about where I grew up!

I am currently studying in the Applied Museum Studies program at Algonquin College. I will begin my second year of the program in September and I am hoping to do my third year placement in Scotland next winter. After completing the program, I would like to continue learning about creating educational programs or caring for museum collections.

I’m looking forward to the summer and helping the staff at Goulbourn Museum share our town’s history and take part in creating a sense of community for the Goulbourn Township.”

Thank you to the Government of Canada and the Young Canada Works Program for their financial support for this position. 

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Volunteers needed for spring cleaning

April 26th, 2016

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

The Museum has registered with the Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaign and the cleanup will take place on Monday, May 2nd  from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The rain date is Tuesday, May 3rd.

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 suggests bringing your own garden gloves if you have them.

Whether you can help for the whole day or just a couple of hours, 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.

Oh, and lunch is on us! It’s the least we can do.

For more information please call 613-831-2393 or email:

Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road just south of Stittsville.

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Attention students! We’re hiring for the summer

April 13th, 2016

The Goulbourn Museum is seeking a post-secondary student to work 37.5 hours per week for 14 weeks at $11.25 per hour. Job duties include: developing and assisting with public programs, registering artefacts, and providing Museum tours.

All candidates must be registered on the Young Canada Works (YCW) database.

Candidates require excellent English language skills and computer competency. French language skills and knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite are assets. Job shifts include weekends and statutory holidays. There is no public transportation to the Museum site.

Applications will be accepted by email or in-person until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Goulbourn Museum, 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville, ON, K2S 1B8.

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Museum Closed for the Easter Long Weekend

March 24th, 2016


This dainty Easter card from the Museum’s collection measures just 2-1/4″ x 4″ inches. The handwritten greeting inside says “To Isabel with much love from Francis and Kenneth Robertson.”

Goulbourn Museum will be closed from Good Friday until Easter Sunday (March 25-27 inclusive). Following the Easter holiday, the Museum will reopen Wednesday, March 30th at 1 p.m. for it’s regular weekly schedule.

Happy Easter!

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Children’s Program Volunteers Needed

March 7th, 2016


The Goulbourn Museum is seeking Children’s Program Volunteers to assist at monthly Family Craft Days.

Candidates must be good leaders, enjoy crafting and work well with children aged 4 – 11. Dressing up according to the craft day theme and participating in activities is required.

Children’s programs are held on Sundays and volunteers will be needed from 12:00 – 4:30 p.m. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of three dates (see list below).


Apr. 24:   Mystery at the Museum

 May 29:   Happy Campers

 Jun. 26:   Fossil Frenzy!

 Jul. 17:     Paging Dr. Doolittle!

 Aug. 14:   Under the Sea

 Sept. 11:   If I Only Had a Brain!

 Oct. 23:   Capes & Crusaders

 Nov. 27:   All Wrapped Up!

Click HERE for more information about each craft day.

Children’s Program Volunteers require good communication skills and must be outgoing, friendly and mature.

Successful candidates will be in Grade 9 or above, attend a mandatory orientation session (date to be determined), and be willing to have a police records check. (This volunteer opportunity is not limited to high school students.)

If volunteer hours are required, they will be given for all time spent at the museum. Please note there is no public transportation to the Museum site.

To apply, please send an email to explaining why you would like to become a Children’s Program Volunteer and how you meet the qualifications. If you would like further information, please call 613-831-2393 and ask for Tracey or Sue.

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Trim our tree & meet a bona fide blacksmith

November 20th, 2015


Step back in time at the Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and there will be a wide range of fun family activities to get you in the holiday mood!

  • Thread cranberries and popcorn and trim our outdoor tree in vintage style!
  • Watch a bona fide blacksmith at work! In addition to giving demonstrations, blacksmith Mark Garvock of Fall River Forge will also have some of his hand forged iron work available for purchase.
  • Listen to holiday music on a handmade street organ.  Alan Rushforth‘s musical medley and festive animatronics will put a smile on anyone’s face. A retired Aeronautical Engineer, Alan’s talents are incredible. He loves to tinker and even created the snowmobile simulator at the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology!
  • Write a letter to Santa. The Calligraphy Society of Ottawa will also be on hand to help adults draft beautiful gift tags.
  • Have a photo taken with Santa! No shopping mall line ups here! Get it printed in colour or old-fashioned sepia tone.
  • Roast marshmallows by the fire & warm up with hot chocolate & apple cider. Volunteer extraordinaire Lynn Griffiths will also be bringing her homemade cookies for visitors to sample.
  • When it’s time for lunch, Pizza All’Antica will bake your fresh, personal size pizza in their wood-fired oven while you wait!
  • And, last but certainly not least, there will be a selection of talented vendors peddling their wares at an Outdoor Artisan Market. Bring your Christmas list and get a head start on your shopping.

Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road in Stittsville. Free parking is available on the street.

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Meet the Artist: Tracy Kerr Elements Photography

November 19th, 2015

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Tracy Kerr Elements Photography specializes in fine art photography from Canada and abroad with a focus on landscape and wildlife scenes in both colour and black-and-white. Owner Tracy Kerr will be selling her art cards, calendars and prints (both framed and unframed) at the Museum’s Outdoor Artisan Market on Sunday.

“While wildlife and landscape photography are my specialties, I also pursue architectural and street photography. Over the last few years I have been exhibiting locally at galleries, markets, cafes and online through my website and Facebook page. A strong wanderlust resides in my soul and I travel several times a year with my camera ever at the ready. I also enjoy creating whimsical projects like The Red Chair and Wanderslost series. For me there is beauty in everything.”

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Meet the Artisan: Touch of Glass

November 19th, 2015

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Started as a retirement hobby 20 years ago, Touch of Glass creates one of a kind stained glass pieces including sun catchers, Christmas ornaments, windows, lamps, jewelry boxes, kaleidoscopes and more. Owners Paulette and Ed Grassi, residents of Stittsville, say their business is a true labour of love. In fact they often immortalize their favourite places and things as stained glass pictures.

Be sure to visit Touch of Glass at our Outdoor Artisan Market this Sunday.

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