Meet Karlin Brule our Collections Assistant

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I am thrilled to be working with Goulbourn Museum as Collections Assistant this summer where I will be helping oversee the Museum’s collection of artefacts, working in public events and giving tours to visitors.

 
I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia though I spent most of my life growing up in the Ottawa area, specifically Barrhaven. I got my first real taste of being a historian in my first years of post-secondary education at Carleton University where I found myself falling in love with history. This eventually led me to a Bachelor’s of Arts in History. Since then, I started the Applied Museum Studies program at Algonquin College where I am focusing on developing the skill set to one day work for a national museum.

 
In the fall I will be returning to Algonquin but, until then, I plan to absorb as much information as possible from the staff at Goulbourn Museum and obtain as much hands-on experience as possible.

Meet Sarah Allan our Museum & Exhibition Assistant

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I am so happy to be back at the Museum for my third year, this time as Museum and Exhibition Assistant! I just finished another two semesters of courses at Queen’s University, and am happy to have returned home to Ottawa for the summer. Last year I had the opportunity to be part of the pre-renovation process and I am excited to be able to participate in the reopening of the Museum, as well as all of the exciting activities we have planned. Each summer at Goulbourn has been a unique, interesting and educational experience and I can’t wait to see what is in store for this summer!

Volunteers needed for Spring Cleaning the Museum Site

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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.

Meet Goulbourn Museum’s New Executive

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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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Yap & Yarn Fibre Artists Take the Lead on New Exhibit

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This amazing group of ladies makes up the core of our Yap & Yarn fibre arts group. In addition to meeting once a month to knit, crochet, and spin (and to help newcomers who are welcome at the meetups) they have also volunteered during Doors Open and the Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas to demonstrate their skills to the public. Last year they took the lead on developing the content for a fibre arts exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of confederation.

“We encouraged them to think about the 150th anniversary and produce reproduction period costume or something that’s indicative, to them, of the Canadian spirit,” says Sarah Holla, Acting Education Officer.

The resulting exhibit – Woven Through Time – was supposed to launch last year but with the Museum closed for renovations it had to be postponed until this spring. At April’s Yap & Yarn meetup the Museum presented the artists with gift cards and custom yarn bags in appreciation of their incredible contributions to the coming exhibit (…as well as their patience!).

“It’s too bad we couldn’t display the content during the year of Canada’s anniversary but it is no less valuable,” says Holla.

We finally have the keys back to the Museum so stay tuned for the exhibit launch date!

The next Yap & Yarn meetup will be held in the Stittsville Public Library on Sunday, May 20th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. No need to register, just bring your fibre arts project. Light refreshments will be served.

We’re hiring for the summer

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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

March Break Craft Camps – Spaces Still Available!

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Goulbourn Museum’s March Break Craft Camp is a series of three creative workshops geared to children ages 6-11. Workshops take place from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, Wednesday March 14, and Thursday, March 15.

(Due to ongoing renovations at the Museum the camp will be held at the Goulbourn Municipal Building located at 2135 Huntley Rd.)

On the Tuesday kids will make a “Pipe-Size Piranha.” Unplug for the afternoon and make a Super Mario Piranha Plant of your own! These pipe dwelling monsters hide a secret compartment keeping treasures safe from siblings, parents and Bowser himself!

Wednesday’s craft will provide “instant grassification!” Children will create and decorate a “Faux Hawk Friend” whose hair will grow as they water it.

On the final day (Thursday), kids will make a “Pocket Pond.” This ecosystem on the go can be hidden in a pocket! Kids will create a pocket pond habitat and the creatures who live there and then add resin instead of water to “freeze” everything in place!

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Camps cost $25 per day or $65 for all three workshops (snacks and materials are included). Kits’ Club members’ rate is $20 per day.

Call 613-831-2393 or email register@goulbournmuseum.ca to sign up.

Meet Curatorial Assistant Matthew Weickert

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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.

End of an Era: Stittsville News closing after 60 years

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Photo courtesy of Goulbourn Museum. Goulbourn Township Historical Society Collection.

Sadly, late last month we heard that after 60 years of operation, the Stittsville News will be shutting down. The first edition of the Stittsville News was published December 12, 1957 by Goulbourn resident Howard Maguire. The first home of the newspaper was in a building located behind Bradley’s General Store. The paper and his print shop were located on the bottom floor from 1957 through to 1972 when he sold the paper to the Renfrew Mercury. The upper level housed the Bell Telephone exchange explaining the Bell vehicle on the left. In the mid-60s, when direct dialing came into force, Bell relocated to a new Bell Telephone exchange building on Hazeldean Road at Fringewood.

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In 1975, John Curry bought the paper and has been involved in keeping residents up to date ever since. This sign, which is part of the Goulbourn Museum’s collection, was on display at the Stittsville News office when it was situated in the Bell Service Centre (Ray Bell’s service station, store and office building) where the Ultramar Plaza now is. Curry’s Antiques was run by John’s mother, Mary.

“(She) helped me with the paper and was an antiques expert who dabbled in antiques,” said John. “Having the antiques in the office helped with expenses, a little.” Mary ran the antiques business for a number of years until the paper moved from the Bell Service Centre to a little white building across from the Legion. It later moved again into a (then) brand new plaza at the corner of Manchester and Main.

Attention Students! We’re hiring a Curatorial Assistant

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Goulbourn Museum is seeking a student for the position of Curatorial Assistant to work with the Museum’s collection and to assist with daily operations, educational programming, exhibitions and special events. The selected candidate will gain experience in collections management, including storage, cataloguing and the photography of artefacts. Deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday, November 26, 2017.

Duration: 12 weeks

Hours:  30 hours a week

Anticipated Start Date: Monday, December 4, 2017

Salary: $14.00/hr.





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