Hélène Rivest this year’s winner of the Heritage Advocacy Award

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Hélène Rivest, centre, with Goulbourn Museum’s Curator Manager, Kathryn Jamieson, and Chairperson Keith Hobbs.

Each year, the Board of Directors selects a recipient for the Museum’s Heritage Advocacy Award. This award recognizes those who have made an outstanding contribution to the Goulbourn Museum.

This year the Board selected someone who is a Museum member, a longtime volunteer and a donor. This person is also extremely dedicated to volunteering in many capacities beyond the Museum and throughout the community.

Hélène Rivest is a true advocate for both heritage and community. She tirelessly donates her time to various organizations and activities, including here at the Goulbourn Museum, but also with the Stittsville Food Bank, the Stittsville Village Association, the Goulbourn Township Historical Society, the Richmond Agricultural Society, the Rotary Club, the Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticultural Society, the Royal Canadian Legion, Ottawa Race Weekend and Big Sisters.

Another cause that is very close to Hélène’s heart is the Kidney Foundation of Canada. It all started when Stittsville resident Craig Dunbar needed a kidney transplant. Hélène went through the required testing but unfortunately wasn’t a match for Craig. She was still determined to help, so the two of them became involved in the Living Donor Paired Exchange Program which connects matches incompatible pairs with compatible pairs and results in a chain of transplants. She was able to donate her kidney to a complete stranger two years ago, and has continued raising money for the cause through local fundraising activities like the Kidney Walk.

Here at the Museum, Hélène has been a longtime member of the organization. She volunteers her time and expertise in a variety of ways, from assisting at our special events like the Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market, to mending and organizing our costume collection. Each year Hélène joins Museum staff to adjudicate the Home School History Fair as well. This involves listening to presentations from children aged 8 to 14, and providing both encouragement and constructive criticism, before deciding which students will move on to the next level of the competition. Hélène is also quick to brag about her local museum and has written testimonials on our behalf.

Congratulations Hélène!

Reenactors, Animal Display, Exhibit Launch, Vintage Games…and more!

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Father’s Day Flashback is fast approaching and it’s shaping up to be a wonderful day.

The Museum’s new exhibition Healing Hands – Medicine During the World Wars will launch at the event which takes place Sunday, June 19. This exhibit focuses on the Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Nursing Sisters, and veterinarians and was made possible thanks to a financial grant received from the Government of Canada’s World Wars Commemorations Community Fund.

Reenactors from the WWI Canadian Army Medical Corps (recreated) will be transforming the Museum grounds into a Casualty Clearing Station and Forward Aid Post.

Additional attractions will include Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary, an old-fashioned photo booth, vintage games (including wooden stilts), a caricature artist, children’s crafts and games, plus an ice cream vendor and a BBQ. And don’t miss our silent auction and a chance to bid on some amazing prizes including tickets to an Ottawa Senators’ home game!

Children can also play in the revamped Village Store which now features costumes and food from the WWII era. It is also the new home of the Ashton General Store’s postal wicket which was generously donated to the Museum last month.

Author Larry Cotton will be in the Museum from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to sign copies of his latest book in the Whiskey & Wickedness series about the Rideau military settlements. Local collectors will be bringing old music back to life on their phonograph exhibit that includes both disc and cylinder phonographs.

Father’s Day Flashback is sponsored by Minto Potter’s Key and takes place from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Admission is free but you’ll want to bring some cash for lunch and treats (not to mention silent auction prizes!).

See you on Father’s Day!

MEET OUR MUSEUM ASSISTANT JAMIE STIRLING

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Jamie Stirling is one of two students we have hired for the summer. As Museum Assistant her duties include everything from programming 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 summer will be my first experience working in a museum setting and I am extremely excited to get started! I have wanted to work in museums and with artefacts ever since “Bring your Kid to Work” Day in the 9th Grade when I saw construction workers at the Parliament Buildings. I was scared they were going to change the buildings so I decided I wanted to make sure that didn’t happen. Having grown up in Stittsville I’m delighted for the opportunity to work at the Goulbourn Museum and learn more about where I grew up!

I am currently studying in the Applied Museum Studies program at Algonquin College. I will begin my second year of the program in September and I am hoping to do my third year placement in Scotland next winter. After completing the program, I would like to continue learning about creating educational programs or caring for museum collections.

I’m looking forward to the summer and helping the staff at Goulbourn Museum share our town’s history and take part in creating a sense of community for the Goulbourn Township.”

Thank you to the Government of Canada and the Young Canada Works Program for their financial support for this position. 

MEET OUR CURATORIAL ASSISTANT JAMES RILEY

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James Riley is one of two students we have hired for the summer. As our Curatorial Assistant his main duties include working with the Museum’s collection.

“I am currently enrolled at Algonquin College in the Applied Museum Studies program and have a bachelor’s degree in Greek and Roman Studies from Carleton University.  I have always been a fanatic when it comes to history and the opportunity to work at the Goulbourn Museum is akin to receiving my personal golden ticket. Being able to work with artefacts, study the history of the Goulbourn area, and engage with museum visitors is a great chance to gain experience in a museum related field.  I may also get the chance to dress up as a character from Goulbourn’s historic past for events and even wear a top hat on rare occasions.

Aside from wearing top hats, which is reason enough for working at the Goulbourn Museum, I hope to one day work as a Collections Specialist or Conservation Technician at any of the museums in Ontario.

I look forward to working with the Goulbourn Museum this summer and hope to make a lasting impression on the community as a whole throughout the coming months.”

Thank you to Service Canada and the Canada Summer Jobs Grant Program for their financial support for this position.

Volunteers needed for spring cleaning

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The Goulbourn Museum is seeking the community’s help to get its site in ship shape for summer.

The Museum has registered with the Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaign and the cleanup will take place on Monday, May 2nd  from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The rain date is Tuesday, May 3rd.

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 suggests bringing your own garden gloves if you have them.

Whether you can help for the whole day or just a couple of hours, 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.

Oh, and lunch is on us! It’s the least we can do.

For more information please call 613-831-2393 or email: register@goulbournmuseum.ca

Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road just south of Stittsville.

Attention students! We’re hiring for the summer

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The Goulbourn Museum is seeking a post-secondary student to work 37.5 hours per week for 14 weeks at $11.25 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.

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 27, 2016. Goulbourn Museum, 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville, ON, K2S 1B8.

Museum Closed for the Easter Long Weekend

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This dainty Easter card from the Museum’s collection measures just 2-1/4″ x 4″ inches. The handwritten greeting inside says “To Isabel with much love from Francis and Kenneth Robertson.”

Goulbourn Museum will be closed from Good Friday until Easter Sunday (March 25-27 inclusive). Following the Easter holiday, the Museum will reopen Wednesday, March 30th at 1 p.m. for it’s regular weekly schedule.

Happy Easter!

Children’s Program Volunteers Needed

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The Goulbourn Museum is seeking Children’s Program Volunteers to assist at monthly Family Craft Days.

Candidates must be good leaders, enjoy crafting and work well with children aged 4 – 11. Dressing up according to the craft day theme and participating in activities is required.

Children’s programs are held on Sundays and volunteers will be needed from 12:00 – 4:30 p.m. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of three dates (see list below).

2016 FAMILY CRAFT DAYS

Apr. 24:   Mystery at the Museum

 May 29:   Happy Campers

 Jun. 26:   Fossil Frenzy!

 Jul. 17:     Paging Dr. Doolittle!

 Aug. 14:   Under the Sea

 Sept. 11:   If I Only Had a Brain!

 Oct. 23:   Capes & Crusaders

 Nov. 27:   All Wrapped Up!

Click HERE for more information about each craft day.

Children’s Program Volunteers require good communication skills and must be outgoing, friendly and mature.

Successful candidates will be in Grade 9 or above, attend a mandatory orientation session (date to be determined), and be willing to have a police records check. (This volunteer opportunity is not limited to high school students.)

If volunteer hours are required, they will be given for all time spent at the museum. Please note there is no public transportation to the Museum site.

To apply, please send an email to sue@goulbournmuseum.ca explaining why you would like to become a Children’s Program Volunteer and how you meet the qualifications. If you would like further information, please call 613-831-2393 and ask for Tracey or Sue.

Become a Goulbourn Museum Board Member

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Board Members Frank Argue and Bram Blenk helping at one of the Museum’s events.

 

Combine a love of heritage with your personal skills and play a major role in the success of Goulbourn Museum. The Goulbourn Museum is governed by an elected Board of Directors as set out in its Constitution and By-laws. For more information, please see the Call for Nominations or email info@goulbournmuseum.ca.

How To Apply: 
Please provide a statement describing the skills, knowledge and experience that you can offer the Goulbourn Museum. Please provide this to the Museum — Attention: Nominating Committee — by April 6, 2016.

Board meetings are currently held in the morning of the second Thursday, each month. Review of documentation takes place in advance.

Board members will be elected at the Museum’s Annual General Meeting on April 28, 2016.

Contact Information:
2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville K2S 1B8
info@goulbournmuseum.ca
(613) 831-2393

City Approves Moving Bradley/Craig Barn to Munster

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Despite a city staff report recommending otherwise, the Ottawa Planning Committee voted 7-2 yesterday to demolish and move the Bradley/Craig Barn to Saunders Farm in Munster. The decision was approved by city council today.

Local resident Jim Evans spoke at the committee meeting in favour of protecting the barn, as did Glen Gower and Stittsville Village Association President Tanya Hein. The Goulbourn Museum Board of Directors also submitted a letter to the Committee requesting the demolition permit be denied.

In order to relocate the barn, Richcraft, the current owner, plans to take it apart, number each piece, and ship it to Saunders Farm to be rebuilt.

For more information on this topic, click HERE for the Museum’s previous post about the Bradley/Craig Barn and HERE for Glen Gower’s detailed article about yesterday’s marathon Committee meeting.

 





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