Descendants of Goulbourn pioneer encouraged to attend exhibit launch

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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.

PA Day Drop-in Craft this Friday, June 7th

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Join us on Friday, June 7th for another PA Day Craft! We’re taking it outside to make these fun concrete stepping stones decorated with marbles, sea glass and rocks. No need to register, just drop in between 1-4 p.m. to make one.

The craft is by donation only (while supplies last). Rain or shine! We will have tents up in the event of inclement weather.

 

Meet our summer students – Adam Kaegi and Rachel Liston

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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.

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

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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

 

Attention Students: We’re Hiring for the Summer!

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The Goulbourn Museum is looking for two (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 dependent on funding and run for 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 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2019. Goulbourn Museum, 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville | tracey@goulbournmuseum.ca

Become a Goulbourn Museum Board Member

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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

Closed in January to Rebuild the Village Store Exhibit

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Following extensive renovations in the Museum, the floors are finally level but our permanent exhibitions are still a work in progress. The Village Store exhibit is a family favourite and our top priority. In order to work safely, the Museum will be closed to the public for the month of January while staff rebuilds this popular hands-on play area.

During this time, Family Craft Days and Yap & Yarn will be held at the Stittsville Public Library.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience. Stay tuned for details about the Village Store’s grand reopening in early 2019!

Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market This Sunday

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Get a head-start on your Christmas shopping at Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market  this Sunday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This annual holiday celebration features local artisans, baked goodies, old world entertainment, historical reenactors, blacksmith demonstrations, and festive crafts.

Vendors at this year’s event will be selling a diverse array of handmade gift items including heirloom preserves, chocolate goodies, ice cream, natural soaps and candles, stained glass, toys, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, textiles, and more! See a complete list of all participating vendors, below.

The Calligraphy Society of Ottawa will be on-hand to help children pen letters to Santa and assist adults in drafting decorative gift tags. Families can pose for a photo with Santa, watch a bona fide blacksmith at work, and make holiday decorations of yesteryear. Enjoy free hot chocolate and apple cider, roast marshmallows by the fire, and buy warm comfort food from Smokin R&Rs.

Admission is free!

We are thrilled to have the following talented artisans at this year’s event:

A Touch of Glass
Black Sheep Artisan
Carruthers Cakes and Candies
Classy Carry-Alls
Crazy4Crafts
Holmespun Ice Cream
Forest Forged Chain saw Art
His & Hers Home Co.
MishMash Arts
Monkey Mud Pottery
The Plaid Cow
Peridots & Pearls
Tasha’s Table
Two Hammers
The Beckwitch
Wild Woolly Handmade
Wreaths by Sharla 
Wood & Ashes

Meet Our Volunteer Event Assistant Stephanie Miles

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We are thrilled to have Stephanie Miles on board to assist the Museum with its annual Old Fashioned Christmas and Outdoor Artisan Market. She is currently studying Event Management at Algonquin College and is acquiring her field placement hours with us to gain experience in planning and executing events. You may recognize Stephanie from her previous work at the Museum. A graduate of Algonquin’s Applied Museum Studies program, she has completed co-op placements here, held part-time and contract positions, and volunteered at numerous events and programs over the years.

Stephanie has jumped in with both feet and has already set a plan in motion to increase our social media outreach with the use of a SnapChat filter during the event. She is also creating a site map to help generate a positive flow of foot traffic to all of the attractions at the Old-Fashioned Christmas. One of the most in-depth projects Stephanie will undertake during her placement is developing a functional critical path for the annual event. This critical path will not only provide useful documented information for Museum reports but also provide future Museum employees with a detailed outline of every single task from the beginning of the event to the end.

Stephanie hopes to gain knowledge and experience in the planning process for indoor and outdoor events that take place during Canada’s winter season. She plans to combine her museum training and her current event management knowledge to ensure a most memorable event for staff, volunteers and attendees alike.

The Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market takes place on Sunday, November 18th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This holiday celebration and Christmas market features activities for the whole family. Write letters to Santa and pose for a photo with the jolly old soul, watch a bona fide blacksmith at work, enjoy free hot chocolate and apple cider, roast marshmallows by the fire, and buy one-of-a-kind handmade gifts from local artisans. Admission is free!

“Poppies of Goulbourn” Pilot Installation Launched at Museum

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A vibrant collage of crocheted poppies now adorns the southeast corner of the Goulbourn Museum. The art installation entitled “Poppies of Goulbourn,” was created by volunteers of the Museum’s Yap & Yarn fibre arts group and recognizes the significant military contributions of the community since the War of 1812. It was mounted on the historical building by Museum staff to ensure any conservation concerns were met.

This year’s collage is a pilot project. The Museum’s goal is to work out any kinks and launch a much larger installation next year. “Starting on a smaller scale allows for trial and error and gives us an opportunity to create a successful plan for 2019,” says Sarah Holla, Collections and Education Officer. “Our aim is to open this up to the community and local groups. We would love to get people of all ages making poppies, from retirees to Guides and Scouts,” says Holla.

Caitlyn McDougall, the Museum’s Programming Officer, will take the lead on next year’s poppy project which will launch in January 2019. Members of the Yap & Yarn fibre arts group will continue to play an active role and have also offered to teach the art of poppy making next year.

“This art installation is a visual reminder of the military contributions made over the years by the men and women of Goulbourn and celebrates our history as Ottawa’s first military community,” says Tracey Donaldson, Manager and Exhibitions Curator.

“Poppies of Goulbourn” will be featured at the Museum until Remembrance Day.

For more information on how you or your community group can get involved, call the Museum at 613-831-2393 or email: info@goulbournmuseum.ca





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