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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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March Break Camp will Create Kid Curators

March 5th, 2013

This March Break the Goulbourn Museum is offering a one-of-a-kind camp experience for children aged 7-11.  At Camp Curator kids will get their very own curator kits, don pint-sized lab coats and gloves and learn how to handle artefacts, create their own exhibits and even conduct an archeological dig.

This week long camp will include crafts, games, a behind-the-scenes tour of the artefact collection (did you know the Museum has over 8,000 artefacts?), and visits from special guests.

Camp Curator takes place March 11-15 from 1-4:30 p.m. Cost is $125 per child for the week and there are still spaces available. Snacks are included. For more information or to register, please call 613-831-2393 or email education@goulbournmuseum.ca

The Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville, at Stanley’s Corners. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website or check us out on Facebook.

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Sweet P.A. Day Program February 15: Maple Madness!

February 11th, 2013

Join us for all things maple at the Goulbourn Museum’s P.A. Day program February 15. Wear your most Canadian outfit, make some maple treats and learn the art of maple syrup. There will be games and activities aplenty.
The fun takes place on Friday, February 15 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. and is geared to children ages 7-11 years. Cost is $25 per child. Snacks will be provided.
To register please call the Goulbourn Museum at: 613-831-2393 or email: education@goulbournmuseum.ca

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List of Coming Events

February 1st, 2013

Hot off the presses! Here’s our list of coming events.
(Click on the image below to enlarge it.)

We tried to make it well balanced: high in fiber (Yap & Yarn) but with a little something for those with a sweet tooth (Maple Madness). (:

Hope to see you at the Museum soon!

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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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Museum Fun on Strike Day (& Every Day!)

January 10th, 2013

Looking for something to do if the teachers strike tomorrow?

Goulbourn Museum has a lot of great things for kids – you can visit the Museum to dress up as a pioneer & ‘shop’ for groceries and supplies in our Village Store, play games like I Spy or Spot The Difference, compare your height to a soldier in the War of 1812 and hear the sounds of the Brown Bess Musket & pioneer hand tools.

We are open Monday to Friday and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. 

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G’Day Goulbourn! PD Day Event Jan. 18th

January 7th, 2013

Did you know there’s a *Goulbourn in Australia? Come ‘down under’ for the day and join us at the Goulbourn Museum as we explore the Australian outback. Come dressed in your best safari outback attire and discover Australia’s indigenous animals with a visit from Little Ray’s Reptiles. Kids will also learn the traditional art of dot painting and make their very own boomerangs.

The fun takes place on Friday, January 18th from 1-4:30 pm on the first PA Day of the New Year and is open to children ages 7-10 years (Grades 2-5). Space is limited and children must be pre-registered to guarantee a spot. Cost is $25 per child. Snacks will be provided.

You can register by phone: 613-831-2393 or email Tracey at education@goulbournmuseum.ca.

*The town in Australia is actually spelled “Goulburn” but, like Goulbourn, ON, it got its name from Sir Henry Goulbourn (whose name appears spelled both ways).

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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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The Stittsville News Turns 55 Today

December 12th, 2012

Over the years the Museum has received excellent coverage in the Stittsville News including this front page photo from February 1992 taken at the Museum’s “Living Off The Land” Exhibit at its Heritage Day Open House.  

The very first issue of the Stittsville News was published on this day 55 years ago.

The newspaper was founded in 1957 by Howard Maguire and in 1975 John Curry became the owner. John has been dedicated to telling Stittsville’s stories ever since. Although the Stittsville News was sold to Metroland News in 2011, John continues to be an ambassador for his community and can regularly be found around town with pen and paper in hand.  Over the years Goulbourn Museum has benefitted greatly from John’s dedication to spreading the word of our news and events. 
Happy Anniversary to the Stittsville News, and a special thank you to John Curry for truly putting the word “community” in this community newspaper.

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