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Meet the Artist – Clare Gallant

November 28th, 2012

A desire to raise her children as naturally as possible led Clare Gallant to start making soap and other bath and body products.  Clare is dedicated to keeping her products as close to nature as she can, while at the same time creating luxurious products that pamper and nourish one’s skin. A consumer of handmade soap for over twenty-five years, she founded Clare’s Old Farmhouse Soap and has been producing her own products for seven years.  Although certain products are regularly available at craft shows and by appointment, Clare welcomes special requests and custom orders.  
For more information about Clare’s Old Farmhouse Soap visit her website.  
Clare’s Old Farmhouse Soap will have a booth at Uniquely Goulbourn – Art & Craft Sale being held at the Museum from 1-4 pm this Sunday, Dec. 2nd.

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Meet the Artist – Sheila Cain-Sample

November 27th, 2012

This Sunday, Dec. 2nd from 1-4 pm the Museum will be abuzz with local artisans at Uniquely Goulbourn Art & Craft Sale. All week we will be introducing you to the Artists and their talents.
Sheila Cain-Sample is a Canadian Artist, mother, wife and full time friend to the environment. Sheila works primarily in graphite for the detail and contrast but she also uses coloured pencil occasionally for the depth and richness.  Photo Realism is her passion so photography plays a big part in her creative process as that is where she plans her composition.   
Sheila also sits on the Museum’s Board of Directors and is curating this Sunday’s art show.  See Sheila’s work on her blog, her photography blog, her Etsy site, or follow her on Twitter.

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Uniquely Goulbourn Art & Craft Sale

November 26th, 2012

On Dec. 2nd from 1-4 pm the Goulbourn Museum will be alive with local artisans, fresh holiday baking and colourful poinsettias. Kids can make a holiday swag out of fresh greenery while you shop for unique Christmas presents made by some of Goulbourn’s finest artists.

Uniquely Goulbourn Art & Craft Show is an opportunity to shop locally for fine handmade gifts of jewelry, art, soap, hand-turned wood, and knitting. The 3rd Stittsville Pathfinders will be selling baked goods and raising money for a trip to Switzerland and there will be two specialty bakers selling gluten-free baking.

Stay tuned to our blog this week for profiles of each of the artists. Hope to see you on Sunday!

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Letters from the Front – Part 7

November 19th, 2012

Throughout the month of November we will be posting excerpts from a selection of wartime correspondence between Pte. Sefton Stewart of the 77th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, and his family in Richmond, Ontario.  The complete letters will be on display at the Stittsville Public Library in the Museum’s exhibit honouring Goulbourn in wartime.
This is letter number seven.
The Goulbourn Museum’s wartime display at the Stittsville Library.

Somewhere in France – December 31, 1916
Dear Mother:
                Just came out of the trenches after being in for six days which included Christmas.  It was certainly a new Xmas for us.  It continued raining throughout the day; everything was quite quiet all day until coming on night when they opened up their artillery quite freely, keeping this up longer than usual.  On our side, the bombardment didn’t cause much harm.
                Got two parcels from you sent some time ago.  Had a letter from Earl the other day.  He was getting along splendidly.  He is a lucky lad all right as he will miss all the bad weather and will hardly be back here again.  Sid and Ervie are both fine.  Haven’t seen Arthur but have seen some of his Battalion who told me he was fine.  Did you get any of those Xmas cards I sent?
                I got a letter from you, Jonathan Craig and a Xmas card from Irene Neelin.  We haven’t yet seen the plum pudding they spoke of in the papers but we may get something extra tomorrow.
                I suppose you have nice cold weather in Canada.  How are they getting along their rink which I heard was to be started some time ago?
                The trenches are very muddy this time of the year, being half full of water in some places.  Have been using long, hip rubber boots when in the worst parts of the line.  On Xmas day we nearly had a few Fritzies coming over.  We were out in a saf, which is a trench running out in front of the main line, which is really a strong point.  We didn’t do any sniping Xmas day, but put on a hot celebration that night.  You speak of us getting our furloughs. They are yet to come.
With love to all,

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Welcome to the Team

September 11th, 2012

Goulbourn Museum is happy to announce we’ve added a new employee to our team! Sue Woodford started this week as our new Marketing and Visitor Services representative, and we’re excited to have her. Sue has signed on for a six month contract, and will be managing our social media, writing our press releases and designing our marketing material, as well as producing and distributing our newsletters and assisting with tours and events.

Sue has been telling stories through pictures and prose for over 20 years. She studied Photojournalism at Loyalist College and worked at the Kanata Kourier-Standard newspaper for 8 years receiving awards for both writing and photography from the Ontario Community Newspaper Association (OCNA). Following a freelance career in communications she took on the role of Manager, Creative Services with Evans Team Ottawa at Royal LePage. In 2012 she completed her post-graduate certificate in Interactive Multimedia from Algonquin College. Sue has been a resident of Stittsville since 1995.

If you have any marketing ideas you’d like to share with Sue or would like to send her a welcome note, drop her a line here.

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A Big Farewell

December 16th, 2011

 Sarah Forsyth (second from the left)
Today is a sad day for us as we say a final farewell to one of our team, Sarah Forsyth, our curator of collections.   It’s hard to believe that 5 years ago Sarah started as a part time employee working at both the Goulbourn Museum and Nepean Museum.  Shortly afterwards Sarah was made a permanent employee of the Goulbourn Museum and has been with us ever since.  During these past years Museum has undergone many changes and Sarah has been with us through them all, always weathering whatever challenge that comes her way with a candid sense of humour and great success.  To say she has been a vital part of our museum is an understatement.  
Coffee runs, artefact foraging, museum re-arrangements and staff training will never be the same.  Our team will experience a great loss in her absence. 
We’ll Miss You Sarah!  All the best in your new endeavours.

The Museum Ladies

You can leave any farewells or comments for Sarah on our Facebook page

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Let us introduce ourselves

June 10th, 2011

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.


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