Our ‘Modern’ Dictionary

collections


Last week, I stumbled upon a treasure. I picked up a rather non-descript looking book, meaning that it resembled a great many other books in any community museum collection; neither small nor large, brown leather creased and cracked cover which had become detached, the lettering on the spine faded. Lifting off the detached front cover of the book, I read the main title – “The Modern Dictionary of Arts and Sciences” (which in this year of 2011, made me chuckle) and then the sub title – “ Or Complete System of Literature” (to which my first reaction was “oh, because those two titles soooo go together….NOT!)

Right there, the titles intrigued me; told me this was a book worth looking into. Ideas and concepts change over time and if I run across a concept which does not make sense to me now, after a little research I find out that it did…at one time. Upon further examination of the book, 3 other details leapt out at me, one after the other. No. 1 – The paper was not wood pulp paper, but a beautiful (though stained) heavy, rag paper. No.2 – The ‘blocks’ of printing on each page were not identical, some of them were off, or slanted and the letters themselves were not perfectly identically even. And No. 3 – Throughout the book, most of the letter ‘s’ were written as a stylized ‘f’, which means (since the book was printed in England) that it was printed before 1810, which is when they stopped using this style of printing.

After more research, only one original printing date surfaced, all the way from the National Library of Australia. The Modern Dictionary of Arts and Sciences Or Complete System of Literature was printed in 1774.

Summertime is Funtime!

families, programs


On Sunday July 17, 2011 we held our annual Summertime is Funtime Family Craft Day event. Children created and decorated kazoos, paper plate fish and made their own ball in cup game. We ventured outside on a gorgeous sunny afternoon, where they got to make and experience the magic of magic mud, play with bubbles and fly kites. Fun times were had by all!

The museum staff was joined by 28 visitors including children and their parents, volunteers and reporters. What a great turn out! Join us again on August 14, 2011 for our next family craft day, Bears, Foxes, and New Moons.

A sneak peak

families, programs

On Sunday July 17 we have a family craft and activity day called Summertime is Funtime for kids ages 4-12.
                    
Of course, as part of our job we have to test out our ideas before running them with the kids. Tough, I know. This is Magic Mud. After testing it out (we learned a little something about blue food colouring) we got a little carried away. If you look closely, you can see the Magic Mud that Liz (left) made – in the air on the very edge of the frame.
                                              
If you are interested in joining in on the fun this Sunday, give us a call at 613-831-2393 or send us an email. Read more about the event here.

Preserving The McCoy Scrapbooks for the future

collections

Original scrapbook pages
Reproduction scrapbook pages

As Curatorial Assistant at the museum this summer, one of my tasks has been to digitize and re-create our McCoy Scrapbook collection…
          

These scrapbooks were created, and donated to the museum by local history enthusiast Mildred McCoy, a resident of Richmond. Who cut out articles from area papers pertaining to the lives of Goulbourn residents. There are 23 books in all, spanning the years 1907 to 1987. The articles cover a variety of topics from births, deaths, and marriages to municipal politics, local businesses, and church groups. The books are indexed by last name, so looking up articles on a specific person is easily done.
                

Due to the age of the books, many pages were falling a part and in poor condition, or the newspaper clippings were becoming too dark to read. In order to preserve the information held in each book the museum decided to have all the articles scanned, printed, and placed in to new scrapbooks using acid free pages and glue. As soon as all the books have been reproduced, the originals will be put away in storage, and the re-productions will be used for reference and research.
            
So far 9 scrapbooks have been preserved …This is an important project for the museum since it will allow future generations to read the stories of their families and communities…For me personally, I have found my grandma’s birth announcement, great grandparents wedding announcement, and an article on my great grandfathers death while working on the scrapbooks…You should stop in and take a look…you never know what you might find.

Voyage of the 100th Regiment

100th Regiment, exhibits

 
Have you ever wondered how pioneers arrived in Goulbourn Township? Or where they came from & why they settled here in 1818?
With the help of our fantastic volunteer Kurt Johnson and some great resources we created a travelling exhibit where visitors will discover how soldiers of the 100th Regiment endured death & hardship on their journey to defend Canada before the War of 1812. This exhibit opens today and is on display at the Stittsville Library until August 4. To see how we created the panels, see this post, and to learn about about the exhibit process and a bit of history, see this article in the Stittsville/Richmond EMC.

From Preserving Our Past to All Aboard

exhibits

It has been a busy week! We uninstalled Preserving Our Past and replaced it with All Aboard: The Railway in Goulbourn on site, and next Monday we install Voyage of the 100th Regiment at the Stittsville Library.
Preserving Our Past, produced by the OttawaMuseum Network, was on display at the Museum from April 14 to June 26. This exhibit is travelling among the community museums in Ottawa and will be on display at Billings Estate next.
All Aboard was produced last year and has been display at several off site locations including the Richmond branch of the Ottawa Public Library and Waldorf School in Stittsville. This is the first time this exhibit has been on display at the Museum.

Okay. We’re ready.

programs

Two tablecloths & a table runner packed.
Goulbourn Museum sign packed.
Four copies of our presentation & four sets of white cotton gloves packed.
Two maps of the former Goulbourn Township packed.
Ten artefacts for a memory game packed.
85 copies of the memory game & 85 copies of our newsletter with activities for kids packed.
16 artefacts & photographs related to one room schoolhouses in Goulbourn Township packed.
But are we prepared for two back-to-back presentations about pioneers to a total of 70 grade 3 students? 
We’ll find out tomorrow.

Voyage from digital to print

100th Regiment, exhibits

 

We’re installing a new exhibit called The Voyage of Goulbourn’s 100th Regiment at the Stittsville Library next month – you can check it out after July 4.
Yesterday we FINALLY sent the panels to the printers & today came the fun part: tearing, pasting & decorating. These photos show how we (Kathryn, Emily & Liz) adhered the prints to the panels to the substrate to get the ready for display.  Still a work in progress.

Kite flying

families, programs

Ever wondered what we do at our monthly family craft & activity days? Well, we usually set up three tables inside the Museum with different crafts, and weather permitting do some outdoor activities, too. This is a video of kids flying kites they made and decorated at our last event. Next craft day is Sunday June 12 from 1-4 :)

Let us introduce ourselves

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For those of you who haven’t heard about us, Goulbourn Museum shares the story of the 100th Regiment of Foot who settled in Richmond after the War of 1812. We also have exhibits, programs and artefacts related to early pioneer life in Goulbourn Township. We’re located in the west end of Ottawa, Ontario, just south of Stittsville.

The Museum is currently on Twitter & Facebook, but this is our first foray into the blogosphere. We’ll use this site to blog about events and programs, the type of work we do here at the Museum & to showcase new artefacts & old treasures from our collection. Most of our posts will come from our Education Officer Kathryn Ward & our Curator of Collections Sarah Forsyth, but we hope to have a few guest posts, too. If there is anything you’d like to see, feel free to send us an email or leave a comment.

Enchanté!





Goulbourn Museum

Goulbourn Museum