Beechwood Cemetery’s Annual Historical Walking Tour this Sunday, June 8th

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Costumed actors bring historical figures to life during the tour.

Save the date! It’s Beechwood Cemetery’s Annual Historical Walking Tour this Sunday.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of its outbreak, the theme for this year’s tour is the First World War. The tour includes five stops at the gravesites of men and women who fought in the trenches in Europe, cared for the injured or guided the country through the difficult war years. The tour will include war-time Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden, nurse Minnie Gallagher and Lt Alexis Helmer, whose death inspired John McRae’s famous poem, ‘In Flanders Fields.’ Costumed actors will bring these historical figures to life.

Don’t miss this stroll through beautiful and historic Beechwood, the National Cemetery of Canada.

Date: Sunday June 8, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Beechwood the National Cemetery of Canada, 280 Beechwood Ave.

For more information contact Nicole at 613-741-9530 ext 121, or email: info@beechwoodcemetery.com

The event is outdoors. Refreshments will be served after the tour. Enter by Beechwood Avenue entrance. Tour and parking are free. Wear good walking shoes.

HOMEGROWN HEROES – Free Father’s Day Event at Goulbourn Museum June 15

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Step back in time this Father’s Day for Homegrown Heroes – a free family event commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the First World War and the 75th Anniversary of the Second World War.

Challenge dad in the military obstacle course, send messages in Morse Code and check out a WWII jeep. Visitors can also add the name of a loved one to the Museum’s Memorial Tree, a new addition to the site that was generously donated by the Fallowfield Tree Farm.

The event will feature military groups, demonstrators and re-enactors, games, silent auction, book sale, and an old-fashioned photo booth with professional photographers from Henry’s. The Glen Scottish Restaurant and Pub will be onsite with their Tartan Kitchen serving up their famous fish & chips.

This WWII jeep is from the personal collection of long time
Stittsville resident Jeff Mosher.

The Museum will also be launching a new exhibit that tells the story of how WWI & WWII impacted the social history of Goulbourn Township. Visitors will learn about the changing role of women, war-time economy, and the evolution of the family dynamic.

All ages are welcome and admission is free.

Young Barrhaven Students Conduct Research on WWI Veterans from Richmond

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We recently met Rob More, a teacher at St. Emily’s Catholic School in Barrhaven, and learned about some great research his students have been doing on WWI Veterans from Richmond.

The students first searched the regiment number and looked up each veteran’s attestation papers online. They then went onto ancestry.ca and looked at census rolls to find out family information.  Finally, Mr. More went to the cemeteries and gave them the death information.

Following a format that was established by fellow teacher Blake Seward of Smiths Falls High School, students prepared brief bios and recorded them.  Five videos featuring 37 biographies can be found on the Goulbourn Museum’s YouTube site.  One pupil even represented her class at the Regional Heritage Fair and presented her findings on veteran Peter Haggerty.

Mr. More’s love of research also extends beyond the classroom.  He and Brian Tackaberry have just completed a commemorative booklet on the 103 men from Almonte who died in WWI.  The book is being released in August. He is currently compiling research on the Lanark veterans which will also be coming out in booklet format in August. You can see what he has accomplished HERE:

Next year Mr. More is publishing a booklet on the Beckwith WWI veterans and, in two years’ time, has his sights set on a publication about the WWI veterans from Barrhaven/Richmond.

Spring Cleanup: Volunteers Needed to Help Get our Site in Ship Shape for Summer

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The 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 Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaign and spiffying up the site will take place on Monday, May 12th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date is Monday, May 26th.

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: education@goulbournmuseum.ca

We’re Hiring! Application Deadline for Summer Student Position is May 7th

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The Goulbourn Museum is looking for a Curatorial Assistant for 37.5 hours per week for 14 weeks at $11.00 per hour. Job duties include: registering artefacts and conducting an inventory of the collection; assisting with public programs and exhibitions; providing museum tours; and creating content for newsletters and social media sites.

The successful candidate will be a post-secondary student enrolled in a history, museum studies, arts or business program. The position requires strong English language skills, both oral and written. Computer competency is required, particularly in Microsoft Office and the Adobe Creative Suite. The ability to use a digital camera, experience using a database, French language skills, and First Aid training is desirable. The successful candidate will be required to obtain a police records check. The Goulbourn Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

Job shifts include Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays.  There is no public transportation to the Museum site.  Applications will be accepted by email, post, or in-person until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
To be eligible for this position, the candidate must:
•         Be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status
•         Be legally titled to work in Canada
•         Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment
•         Be a full time post-secondary student who intends to return to school
•         Be registered in the YCW candidate inventory
Goulbourn Museum
2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville ON, K2S 1B8
goulbmus@rogers.com 
613-831-2393

Seeking Nominees for Board of Directors

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Combine your love of heritage with your personal skills and play a major role in the success of the Goulbourn Museum.
Goulbourn Museum’s mandate is to disseminate the material and oral history of the Goulbourn community by collecting, preserving, displaying and interpreting local artefacts. The Museum offers a range of education programs to increase the public’s understanding and enjoyment of local history and offers a History Centre for local history and genealogical research.
The management of the Goulbourn Museum is overseen by an elected Board of Directors and that Board currently has two vacancies. The Museum is seeking nominations to fill those positions; elections will take place at the Annual General Meeting of the Museum on April 26, 2014.
If you are interested in becoming a Board Member or would like to nominate someone else for candidacy, please submit a statement to the Museum by March 31, 2014 describing the skills, knowledge and experience you can offer. All submissions must be marked to the attention of the Nominating Committee and can be emailed to: info@goulbournmuseum.ca or delivered to the Museum at 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville, ON K2S1B8.

Board meetings are currently held during the morning of the second Friday of each month. A list of the current Board Members can be found on the Goulbourn Museum’s website. Click here to download the Nomination Form and By-laws.

Declaration: I do make oath

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After the initial recruitment and a doctor’s examination, soldiers enlisting in the 100th Regiment of Foot in the early 1800s had to read an oath declaring they met all requirements and had enlisted voluntarily. Play the video below to hear the declaration.
“I [name] do make oath
that I am a protestant
and born of protestant parents;
that I am no apprentice,
nor belong to any regiment of Militia,
or to any other regiment in His Majesties’ service,
and that I have no rupture,
nor was ever troubled with fits,
that I am in no way disabled by lameness or otherwise; but have the perfect use of my limbs,
and that I voluntarily enlisted myself
to serve His Majesty King George,
as a private soldier,
and that I have received all the enlisting money
which I agreed for.” 

A Star Among Us!

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Barbara Rielly is a heritage researcher and volunteer at Goulbourn Museum. While recording the materials and makers of our artefacts she has discovered a host of hidden treasures in our collection. This is her account of one such find.
By Barbara Rielly

It isn’t often that we museum types get to meet genuine, bona fide stars. But those of us lucky enough to have spent much time with this fine lady know that we have indeed had our brush with fame. Star of stage and screen, the inspiration and subject of more than 40 books our fair lady has thrilled generations. At its height, her fame and power was such that companies went into legal battle over her, she was the spokesperson for activists and provided the pattern which many a mother followed. Her beauty is such that she needs no further introduction, ladies and gentleman I present to you RAGGEDY ANN! 

Raggedy Ann has been the beloved friend to little girls since her creation in 1915.  A series of books featuring Ann and her brother Raggedy Andy soon followed and continued to be produced right up until 1977. With over 40 titles in print, these books are still available today. Raggedy Ann dolls are still in production though the manufacturers have changed over the years. There were a number of patterns out there that mothers and their daughters could use to make Ann themselves and it is one of these dolls that we have here at Goulbourn Museum.  Our Raggedy Ann has outrageously long carrot coloured hair and her matching orange outfit has a floral decorative band that is hand drawn as are her features.   It is likely that our Ann was made in the 1970s or 1980s when Raggedy Ann had her triumphant comeback tour complete with her own comic book, a Broadway musical, and two television specials. Raggedy Ann had her own museum for many years and was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2002. Click HERE to learn more about Raggedy Ann and her exploits.

I have to admit it has been fun checking out the doll collection at Goulbourn Museum in no small part because it brings back memories. Play is one of the great things about being a kid and dolls were something with which most children would have played. It’s only in recent years that kids have multiple dolls to play with so we can be sure that Ann would for most of her life have been the beloved ‘only doll’ in a child’s life. It is not hard to picture our Ann propped in a chair waiting for her little girl to get home from school.
I remember Raggedy Ann’s massive popularity in the 1970s and had several friends with Anns similar to she who waits at Goulbourn Museum. Given Raggedy Ann has been around for almost a century now, and that there is a new line of plush Raggedy Ann and Andys coming out, we can expect to see her around for a while yet.

Busy Bee Blankets: Fashionable Flannelette for the Little People in your Lives

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An established wall and window mural artist, Carol Macpherson has recently switched her canvass to flannel fabric and her brushes for a sewing machine.  “I love the creative process that goes into making rag blankets, “says Carol.

Busy Bee Blankets makes baby sized rag blankets for boys and girls featuring flannelette and cotton fabrics in different styles and patterns. Each blanket is soft, warm and cuddly ensuring baby is comfy and content.

Carol will be selling her bright, beautiful blankets at our Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale this Sunday. Come find her in the vendor tent from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wooly Warmth: Handmade Knitted & Crocheted Scarves, Cowls & Hats

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Munster resident Julie Kavanagh makes beautiful handmade knitted and crocheted scarves, cowls and hats.

She learned the skill from her mother years ago and enjoys making styles for both adults and wee people – especially hats her sweet little girls can model.

The Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Art & Craft Sale will be Julie’s first show. Come out on Sunday and show Wooly Warmth some love!

Find out more by looking up Wooly Warmth on Facebook.





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