Meet the Artists: Claude LeBel

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 Redefined Wood:  Claude LeBel has been turning wood for approximately five years.  He is an active member of the Valley Woodturners in Ottawa and acts as an assistant instructor for the beginner’s woodturning course offered by the club.

Claude has studied under world-renowned woodturners such as Mike Mahoney and Jimmy Clewes.  Claude is passionate about his hobby and his artistic flare adds to the beauty and uniqueness of his creations.  Form and function are important elements in his designs because he is a believer that not only should his creations be nice to look at, they should be used and enjoyed as well.
With only five years experience at woodturning, Claude considers his newly found passion a “work in progress”. However the beauty and creativity of his pieces would suggest otherwise.
See Claude’s work at the Museum art & craft show this Sunday October 16 from 1-4, or email him for more details. For details on the art show, email me :)

Uniquely Goulbourn: Meet the Artists

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Uniquely Goulbourn: Fall Art & Craft Show will be at the Museum this Sunday October 16 from 1-4. The show features artists from the greater Goulbourn area and this fall – the show is bigger than ever! We will have artists showing their work within the Museum’s exhibits; outside on the grounds; and, even our History Centre will be bustling with creativity: our Yap & Yarn knitting circle will be knitting away during the show.
This week I’d like to showcase some of the fabulous artists we have in our community. Sheila Cain Sample is a local artist who also sits on the Museum’s Board of Directors. Sheila curates our art show, and also sets up a display of her own artwork. Sheila works primarily in pencil, but is also known to incorporate other mediums into her work. She is also a fabulous photographer. See Sheila’s work on her blog, her photography blog, her Etsy site, or follow her on Twitter.
The art show will be on display at the Museum from 1-4 this Sunday October 16, 2011, and the Yap & Yarn group will be knitting from 1-3 in the History Centre. We hope you’ll stop by to check out the artwork and knit a few rows with us :)

Incredible PBS film worth watching

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What do you know about the War of 1812? Sure, you remember Laura Secord, our Canadian heroine trudging through the woods to save British troops; Sir Isaac Brock, the “Saviour of Upper Canada” dying in the Battle of Queenston Heights, and Tecumseh, the great native leader killed making a last stand to fight off the invading American army.

On Monday, October 10, you can watch an incredible two-hour PBS film that is action-packed, entertaining but, most importantly, informative. The filmmakers have stripped away the grand legends and colourful myths to reveal the history that we didn’t read in school books.

The War of 1812, which was produced by WNED-TV, Buffalo-Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions Inc., airs at 9 p.m. EDT Monday on our Watertown channel WPBS.

What really happened 200 years ago? The documentary strikes a balance of viewpoints in pursuit of the “inconvenient truths” about this war involving the United States, Britain, the Canadian colonies, and North American first nations. We get the straight answers from 26 expert commentators who number 10 Canadians, 10 Americans, three natives and three Britons.
We read and hear the actual words of the generals, native warriors, foot soldiers and even civilians. War re-enactors shoulder muskets and shoot cannons to recreate the battles; actors give voice to the defining moments in the war’s two and a half years.

On the PBS website, there are valuable resources for viewing such as the making of the documentary, essays from all perspectives, guides to historic sites and suggested educators lessons. For more information, visit this website.
Email to Kurt Johnson at kurt@goulbournmuseum.ca

Decorating for the Weekend

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Spooky Fall Crafts is this Sunday (October 2) and we’re getting in the Halloween spirit. Staff are debating between costumes to wear this Sunday (and hoping the kids come in costume, too!), and we’re picking through decorations to put up. Earlier this week we made crafts on CTV Morning Live, and the bottom bat with the purple body and black wings was made by host Lianne Laing – read more about the day here.

At the moment there are only three spots left for Spooky Fall Crafts, so if you are interested in attending, send me an email or give me a call at 613-831-2393 to register. To see photos of last year’s event, click here.

CTV Ottawa Morning Live

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CTV Ottawa Morning Live is on the road and traveling to nearby communities for ‘Live Where You Live’. Today the morning show was broadcasting live from Stittsville’s Village Square from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m.

We are happy to say we were part of the action. Tracey Donaldson and I made crafts with host Liane Laing. This coming Sunday October 2 we have family event called Spooky Fall Crafts to start celebrating Halloween. Send me an email to register :)

Reading about the War of 1812

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With the bicentennial celebrations months away, people may be wondering what they should know about the War of 1812.

Most of us learnt about the War of 1812 back in Grade 7 history lessons, and we probably only recall the names of Laura Secord, Isaac Brock and Tecumseh. We may have little understanding of the contributions of thousands of people who fought for King and Canada on the battlefields of this continental war.

At the Goulbourn Museum, we tell about the 100th Prince Regent’s County of Dublin Regiment of Foot, which served with distinction in the War of 1812. And in 1818, the Irish lads came to Richmond to settle the town and surrounding farms, becoming our pioneer settlers.

My former Ottawa Citizen colleague, Kate Heartfield, asked friends to submit a favourite book about the War of 1812. Mine is Dianne Graves’ book, In the Midst of Alarms: The untold story of women and the War of 1812 (see book cover above).

If you want to broaden your knowledge of the War of 1812, read Kate Heartfield’s blog here where she lists numerous books — most are available through the Ottawa Public Library.

What a fun-filled September!

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Scarecrows from Autumn, Apples & Acorns:

Photos from Stittsville’s Villagefest:

What a busy weekend for the Museum! On Saturday we participated in Stittsville’s Villagefest, and on Sunday we offered our monthly family activity program called Autumn, Apples & Acorns.
    
We couldn’t have asked for better weather or company at Villagefest. At our booth we displayed reproductions of scrapbooks that the Museum has in its collection (featured here). We also had visitors put their handprint on two boards that will be display on the inside of the Museum’s front door.
    
For Autumn, Apples & Acorns kids made three crafts to take home inside the Museum, then ventured outside to work in teams and create full size scarecrows to decorate the Museum’s booth at the Richmond Fair from Sept 17-19, 2011. 
Our next family activity day is Spooky Fall Crafts on Sunday October2, 2011. Email me for details or to register. We will also be in the Agricultural Building at the Richmond Fair this year, and have our next Yap & Yarn knitting circle meeting at the Museum on Sunday September 18 from 1-3.

Going Fishing for Our History

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Historical research is like fishing in the Jock River. You cast and cast a line into murky waters. For Goulbourn Museum’s new travelling exhibit, I did research on the 1805 maiden voyage of the 100th Regiment of Foot. I went to the good fishing places as the late A. Barry Roberts, author of the outstanding history book, For King and Canada, at the Library Archives of Canada to make digital copies of British Colonial Office letters about the military disaster when three of the regiment’s five troopships were wrecked at sea.

Back home, a computer keyboard was my fishing pole — type in 100th regiment 1805 shipwreck, and see the fishtails swirling around. One website lead to another as I got luckier in snagging narratives about the tall ship Nais, also known as Aeneas, off Newfoundland and the brig Two Friends, off Cape Breton Island. More sources are available for the Nais or Aeneas, since the 340 deaths of 347 aboard rates international prominence on the United Kingdom’s major disasters list since 1707 (see Aeneas in third group of 300-499 fatalities here ).

Consequently, historians and journalists have been reporting on this maritime tragedy for 200 years, including Terence Grocott in his 2002 collection, Shipwrecks of the Revolutionary & Napoleonic Eras (see above cover and page). Goulbourn Museum bought the book after seeing it as a primary source for the Wikipedia item.

Kurt Johnson, Munster

Mail to: Kurt@goulbournmuseum.ca

Exciting finds

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Our Goulbourn Museum director gave the key to a treasure chest when Donna Keays-Hockey e-mailed the reference http://www2.swgc.mun.ca/nfld_history/CO194/CO194-45.htm for my research on the 1805 maiden voyage of the 100th County of Dublin Regiment of Foot. Microfilm B-681, stored at the Library and Archives Canada, is a collection of six letters from British military officers reporting on the maritime disasters that befell our Goulbourn regiment. In this August 30, 1806, letter (above), Lieut.-Col. J.W. Gordon seeks financial compensation for “these [two] poor fishermen for the humanity and generosity” in rescuing and sheltering five soldiers and two seamen from the Nais troopship which sank off Newfoundland. The death toll was 340 of the 347 on board.
A. Barry Roberts wrote an excellent account of the “terrible catastrophe” in his well-researched book, For King and Canada. And what a tragic story it is: death and destruction on stormy seas; the absolute horror of men, women and children swept into the icy waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and heroes saving many victims of the shipwrecks.
In doing research for our new museum exhibit on this voyage http://www.emcstittsvillerichmond.ca/20110630/lifestyle/New+museum+exhibit+captures+settlers%27+maiden+voyage+to+Canada, it was exciting to find new information in modern books like Shipwrecks of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Eras, in old publications like Cape Breton’s Magazine, or an 1812 edition of Shipwrecks and Disasters at Sea. These narratives help us present our history with the personal words of flesh-and-blood people, the pathos of tragedy, and the cold facts of knowledge.
Kurt Johnson, Munster

Carleton County Copy Books – from guest blogger Jim Stanzell

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View Belden’s Atlas on McGill University’s website.
Carleton County Copy Books were started in March 1824 with the appointment of George T. Burke, late Colonel with 99th Regiment of Foot, previously the 100th Reg’t and Superintendent of Richmond Military Settlement, as Deputy Registrar for Carleton County. These books, 1 thru 5, continued until Feb 1847 when a book for each Township was started. Transactions contained are; Bargain and Sale, Mortgages and Discharge of Mortgage, Wills, Quit Claims and a few others. There is little genealogical data contained in these instruments but a person’s place of residence, his occupation and his wife’s given name is mentioned in a B&S in later memorials. The Township, Lot and Concession or Town Lot is always mentioned.

All five copy books have been indexed in two stages. Books 1 thru 4 were done first and surname and given names by memorial are given. Book 5 was done next detailing buyer, seller and witnesses as well as Township, Lot and Concession for each memorial. Then Copy book 1 was done in similar format to book 5.

These ledger type books are located in Ottawa City Archives, 100 Tallwood, corner of Woodroffe, third floor, reading room.

Jim Stanzell   





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