Cheapflights Sponsors Museum

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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.

The online travel experts partner with hundreds of providers – big and small – to bring you affordable and personalized travel options. Their powerful search technology opens up new travel possibilities and helps you see the world on a budget. With the click of a button you can search and compare cheap flights from 1000s of airlines, travel agents and travel sites.

“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.”

Ways in which you can follow Cheapflights include: Facebook | Instagram | Blog | Twitter

Become a Vendor at our Outdoor Christmas Market

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Goulbourn Museum is accepting applications for its Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market. The Market will be held on Sunday, November 22nd from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 2064 Huntley Road. Deadline for applications is September 27, 2015.

We are currently seeking talented vendors selling original handcrafted items to fill 15+ positions in a variety of specialties such as: clothing and accessories (for kids, adults & pets!), bath and body, toys, home décor, Christmas greenery, art, textiles, treats, and baked goods.

In addition to the outdoor market, this annual family event also offers festive Old-Fashioned Christmas activities including a children’s station for writing letters to Santa, Old-Fashioned photos with Santa and charming old-world entertainment.

Note: The artisan market takes place outdoors in an enclosed tent. Vendors will be responsible for dressing appropriately for the cold weather.

HERE’S HOW TO APPLY:
Send an email to marketing@goulbournmuseum.ca with:
• Your name
• Your business name
• A short description of your handmade goods
• Contact info and business site(s) (web/blog/facebook/etsy)
• A minimum of 3 quality photographs of your product(s) including 1 photo of your booth set up (Jpeg only, please). If selected as a vendor, your photos may be used at our discretion to advertise the show.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
This is a juried event. Vendors will be chosen carefully to ensure a balanced representation of each category.
Applications will be accepted by email only.
Deadline for applications is September 27, 2015
Only complete applications will be considered.
Acceptance letters will be emailed no later than October 2, 2015 and will include a contract for you to sign and return with payment.

FEES & REQUIREMENTS:
Space rental is $45 and includes one 6’ table and two chairs.
Vendors are required to provide one handmade item valued at a minimum of $10 for a fundraising raffle. Each vendor must provide a table covering to fit the table provided.

If selected, fees must be paid and contract received no later than October 9, 2015.

Please do NOT send payment until you have received a notice of acceptance. 

New Exhibit Explores the Origin of Goulbourn’s Street Names

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An 1879 map from Belden’s Atlas (a portion seen here) shows the boundaries of the former Goulbourn Township.

 

Goulbourn Museum is launching its new exhibit Back to our Routes: The Evolution of Goulbourn’s Streets on June 21st. The exhibit delves into the origin of community and street names in old Goulbourn. “We’ll also be exploring the origin of street names in more recent communities and even areas that are currently under development,” says Tracey Donaldson, Education and Community Programmer.

The Minto Group recently named its first community in Stittsville through a naming contest, a first for both developer and city. They christened this new area Potter’s Key, in honour of Mrs. Ethel May Potter who owned the two-acre lot at 209 Carp Road almost 60 years ago. This story, and the key which is now part of the Museum’s collection, have been incorporated into the the exhibit.

The exhibition will also relay “fun facts” such as when Stittsville got its first street light and the definition of a corduroy road. Artefacts from the Museum’s collection will help narrate the story and bring the exhibit to life.

While it won’t be possible to include every street name, the Museum is hoping to get the public’s help in compiling a comprehensive list after the launch. “If you don’t see your street name, or you know how your street got its name, there will be a file here for you to add that information,” says Donaldson.

The exhibit launch takes place on Sunday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during Father’s Day Flashback. The Museum will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with an old world celebration featuring medieval fights, blacksmith & calligraphy demonstrations, Goulbourn’s Old “27” Fire Truck, food, games, face painting and much more.

Hope to see you on Father’s Day!

Meet Our Curatorial Assistant Mackenzie Birdgenaw

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Curatorial Assistant Mackenzie Birdgenaw

You may recognize Mackenzie Birdgenaw, this is his second summer with us as a Curatorial Assistant.  He is one of two students we have hired for the summer.  

“I am a full time student at Carleton University pursuing my undergraduate degree in Canadian Studies. I am also a graduate of the Applied Museum Studies program at Algonquin College. Ultimately, I hope to use my education to assist smaller Indigenous museums in organizing and adequately meeting the needs of their unique ethnographic collections.

My work at the Goulbourn Museum can range from cleaning the shelving units, to tidying up identification tags, or furthering my work with the MINISIS Database which allows the public digital access to the Museum’s collection. I look forward to helping further the care of Goulbourn’s collection and interacting with the community through events such as Doors Open Ottawa and Father’s Day Flashback.”

Meet Our Museum Assistant Sarah Allan

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Museum Assistant Sarah Allan

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!”

Volunteers Needed for Doors Open & Father’s Day Flashback

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Costumed greeters at Doors Open 2014

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.

Museum needs help with site clean up

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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: education@goulbournmuseum.ca

We’re Hiring! Summer Student Position Available

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The Goulbourn Museum is looking for a post-secondary student to work 37.5 hours per week for 14 weeks at $11.00 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. This position is subject to availability of funding through the YCW program.

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 29, 2015. Goulbourn Museum, 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville, ON, K2S 1B8 goulbmus@rogers.com

Local engineer’s historic ride on last train through Stittsville

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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.

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Museum turns 25 this year! Do you have any old photos of the building?

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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: kathryn@goulbournmuseum.ca





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