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From the Depth of our Collection

August 23rd, 2013

Stephanie Miles has spent the past two months working as a Collections Assistant at Goulbourn Museum. Today marks her last day with us.  During her time here she has spent hours meticulously going through our collection cataloging and photographing artefacts. This is one of her favourite finds:


By Stephanie Miles

While going through a few artefacts I was surprised to uncover a book on the legendary ocean liner the R.M.S Titanic. The book, The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters: Thrilling Stories of Survivors, was donated to the Goulbourn Museum in 2011 by Donna Foster.

Having been published in the year of the historic event, 1912, it is in surprisingly good condition for its age with the exception of its missing spine and the delicate nature of the pages.

This artefact led to many questions in my mind. Why was the artefact donated here to the Goulbourn Museum? Is it possible that a citizen of the former Goulbourn Township was a survivor or a relative of a passenger on the Titanic? If so then what stories might they be able to share about this ill-fated ship?

The Titanic sank approximately 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland. Interestingly, 100 years earlier during the War of 1812, many ships carrying Irish soldiers enroute to Canada also sank off the coast of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland when their vessels hit rough seas.

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Early to mid-19th century style cloth dolls on display until the end of August

July 23rd, 2013

Two of the cloth dolls on display at the Goulbourn Museum.
By Jennifer Adams

Now on display at Goulbourn Museum until the end of August is a wonderful collection of modern made early to mid-19th century style cloth dolls. These dolls were all handmade by members of the Ottawa-based cloth doll club All Dolled Up.

Each doll takes a lot of work to make, as well as time and patience to get it just right. The fine detailing on the faces requires trial and error until the final product matches the doll maker’s vision for the doll. 

This style of cloth doll is reminiscent of the toys that girls would have had in the early days of Goulbourn Township when the War of 1812 was still fresh in everyone’s mind.

Among the 12 dolls on display at the Museum there is also a horse, two dogs and a duck.  Sitting atop the horse is General Brock wearing his uniform and looking very dignified. Near him are a boy and young man, wearing pioneer clothing accompanied by their dogs and the firewood they have been collecting.  The display case would not be complete without the women that also played a valuable role in our nation’s history. They range from a young girl to older women, some wearing pioneer clothing, others wearing gentry clothing. These dolls are shown knitting, collecting food from the fields and doing laundry.

In addition to the Goulbourn Museum, All Dolled Up has also had their dolls on display at art galleries and local functions.  

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War of 1812 Historical Walking Tour at Beechwood Cemetery Sunday, June 9

June 4th, 2013

Costumed actors will bring historical figures from the War of 1812 to life at the 2013 Annual Historical Walking Tour at Beechwood Cemetery this Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m. 
The tour includes five stops at the gravesites of men and women of note from the war including Sgt. Andrew Hill and his wife Maria Hill who were part of the 100th Regiment of Foot. Following the war, Sgt. Hill received 200 acres of land in Goulbourn Township.  He and Maria opened a tavern named Duke of Richmond Arms and he also worked as a clerk in the commissary offices that supervised the military depot until 1822. 
Don’t miss this stroll through beautiful and historic Beechwood, the National Cemetery of Canada.  Refreshments will be served after the tour. Enter by Beechwood Avenue entrance. Tour and parking are free. Wear good walking shoes.
For more information call 613-741-9530 or visit Beechwood’s website for more information.

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War of 1812 on Stage at Arts Court

May 29th, 2013

The Magnetic North Theatre Festival is offering the Goulbourn Museum a 50% discount on the price of tickets to The History of the Village of the Small Huts 1812-15.  (Tickets must be ordered by May 31st to get the discount.)

Written and Directed by Michael Hollingsworth this VideoCabaret Production is on stage at Arts Court Theatre from June 7-15, 2013.

The War of 1812 not only set fire to sold-out houses and slayed critics in Stratford last summer, but has just had its run at Toronto’s Young Centre for the Performing Arts extended by two weeks.  The VideoCabaret Ensemble heads directly from Toronto to Ottawa for the Magnetic North Theatre Festival.

You’ll be awed by the agility of the VideoCabaret Ensemble as they expertly switch into countless different roles and costumes.  One of these amazing actors is Ottawa raised Linda Prystawska, daughter of retired National Arts Centre Concert Master Walter Prystawski.

Click here for more information and to buy tickets.  Use the code VIDCAB to get 50% off the regular ticket price for this show.  Offer is good until May 31st!

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ART CONTEST – Students can earn volunteer hours just for entering

March 12th, 2013

The Goulbourn Museum is holding an art contest to find talented young people to create a ‘Head-in-Hole’ painting for their site.  The contest is open to students in Grades 9-12 who live or attend high school in the former Goulbourn Township (Stittsville, Richmond, Munster, Ashton). The theme of the artwork is Soldiers of the War of 1812. 

Every student who enters and meets the basic submission requirements for the initial sketch will receive 10 volunteer hours.  Artwork must be original and can be the work of one student or of teams to a maximum of five students. The artist(s) selected to transform their sketch into the final “Head-in-Hole” painting will receive an additional 30 volunteer hours plus a letter of reference, recognition in the Museum’s publications and the local newspaper, and an award of $100. The winner(s) will also be a VIP at the official unveiling of the painting at the Museum’s War of 1812 Tribute on June 16.

The deadline for submissions is April 12, 2013. All the materials needed to create the final painting will be provided by the Museum.

Click HERE for rules and entry forms.

Wondering what on earth is a ‘Head-in-Hole’ painting? Click on the examples below.
Example 1
Example 2
Example 3

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Get Valuable One-on-One Time with Genealogy Specialists Feb. 2

January 22nd, 2013

If you’re interested in researching your family history or military ancestors but haven’t a clue where to begin, you won’t want to miss A Day at the City of Ottawa Archives on Saturday, February 2. 
Specialists will be on hand from the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS), the Sir Guy Carleton Branch UELAC, the British Isles Family History Society and the corporate Archives of the City of Ottawa. 
Among other things, these experts will explain:
  • how archives work
  • give tips on researching military ancestors
  • provide general information on records in the UK and Ireland
  • show you all the genealogical materials available in the libraries housed at the Archives
  • tell you about local resources – particularly in former Goulbourn Township. 

Goulbourn Museum volunteer Jim Stanzell, also active with the OGS, will have a booth there with information about the 100 Regiment and Goulbourn genealogy.

The experts will be on hand from 1:30-3:30 on February 2 but there are other activities taking place throughout the day. Click HERE for more information.

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Spread the Word About Women & the War

January 2nd, 2013

Kurt Johnson’s New Year’s wish is to help spread a better appreciation of the contributions of women to our colonial history.  We think he’s well on his way with this fabulous article in The Ottawa Citizen.

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Lecture on Exceptional Women of the War of 1812 at Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogy Society

December 10th, 2012

Few women’s stories appear in Canadian history books as their contributions to the War of 1812 are overlooked. Canada’s bicentennial commemoration is the perfect time to tell about six real women whose husbands marched off to war to defend the British colonies. These women’s stories are about bravery, devotion and perseverance. 

Perils & Petticoats: Exceptional Women of the War of 1812 will be presented during the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogy Society’s December meeting by historical researcher, and Board Member of the Goulbourn Museum, Kurt Johnson. It will take place Saturday, December 15 from 1-4 pm at the City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Room 115.

It’s recommended that you arrive by 1:00 p.m. for free refreshments and a chat time (networking). For members of the OGS who cannot attend in person, the meeting will be simulcast.

Click HERE for more information.

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Exceptional Women of the War of 1812 Lecture at Richmond Library

December 5th, 2012


Kurt Johnson

Discover how four women from Richmond and Goulbourn Township endured the hardships and dangers of wartime in Upper Canada. 
 
On Dec. 12th our very own Kurt Johnson will be giving a lecture at the Richmond Branch of the Ottawa Public Library about Exceptional Women of the War of 1812. He will be recounting the stories of pioneer women who, along with their soldier husbands, experienced trials and tribulations during the War of 1812. 
 
The lecture begins at 2:30 p.m. Click HERE for more information or to register.

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Letters from the Front – Part 8

November 21st, 2012


  In letter number eight, Pte. Sefton Steward of the 77th Battalion has sad news to share with his family at home in Richmond Ontario. The complete letters will be on display until the end of November at the Stittsville Public Library in the Museum’s exhibit honouring Goulbourn in wartime.

France – February 5, 1917
Dear Mother,
                Am just out of the trenches and have some very sad news to tell you which I suppose you have already heard about.  Poor Sid was killed on February 4th while being engaged in a raid on Fritz’s trench.  It certainly is hard news to break to you as I know how the people of Richmond and surrounding country will feel over it, especially Miss Dorras who I am going to write to.
                The rest of our lads are safe, but there were quite a few casualties throughout the Ottawa Valley.  Harry Guy from Stittsville was also killed.  There were also two other casualties out of our own battalion.  It is almost impossible to send any of their belongings home.  Of course, they would be of little use at any rate.
                I am sure this will go hard on you people around Richmond.  There is so much going on here and we get so used to such things that we can scarcely realize that he (Sid) is gone.
                I think we are now done on the front and are going out for divisional rest.  It was kind of a dangerous position we held here.  They have been making these raids all along the line as you will see in the papers.  There is great talk of peace at present as I am sure the papers are full of it.  Heard today that the States declared war on Germany, but it is hard to say whether it is certain yet.  If so, I think it will bring the war to a close shortly.
                Well, Mother, you don’t want to get uneasy when hearing any of these reports as you will always get direct word.  Well, poor Sid is out of all troubles now, the only worry will be to his parents and friends.  Ervie has been very lucky, together with myself.
With love to all,
Sefton

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