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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

*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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Help Us Find the Owner of this Lost Photo

December 5th, 2012

Please help us find the owner of this photograph. It was left in the Stittsville branch of the RBC Bank in November. The handwriting on the back reads: “In the 1930s at Chute Panet, Que. Nana second from the left.”
If you have any information please contact the Museum at 613-831-2393 or send us an email.

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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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Meet the Baker – Ruby Rabbit

November 30th, 2012

With a passion for food and a flair for creating smiles, owner Galaxy Phan founded Ruby Rabbit in 2011.  Gluten intolerant herself, Galaxy ventured off to make the world a happier place. 
Ruby Rabbit is committed to providing delicious gluten free food made with natural ingredients. Products are baked from scratch and are free of preservatives, and artificial colourings and flavourings.  The result – real food with great taste.  
This Sunday from 1-4 pm at the Goulbourn Museum, Ruby Rabbit will be offering crowd favourites such as pumpkin spice, banana coconut and lemon cranberry bread. Come visit us and take a leap of taste!

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Meet the Baker – Bez Gluten Free

November 30th, 2012

Bez Gluten Free makes gluten-free baked goods that taste like the real thing. Their kitchen produces sweet loaves such as banana bread, brownies, tarts, cupcakes and cookies
“We have two goals: One to have our goodies taste just like the real thing and secondly, to make gluten-free affordable so our products are priced similarly to other high quality items,” says Samantha, one of the owners at Bez. “We pride ourselves on our quality so gluten-eaters and not just those who are gluten-free, can enjoy them.”
Treats from Bez Gluten Free will be available at the Museum this Sunday, December 2 from 1-4 pm.

To find out more about Bez Gluten Free visit their blog or facebook page.


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Meet the Artist – Claude LeBel

November 30th, 2012

Claude LeBel has been turning wood for over six years.  He is an active member of the Valley Woodturners in Ottawa and has acted as an assistant instructor for the beginner’s woodturning course offered by the club.

Having studied under world-renowned woodturners such as Mike Mahoney and Jimmy Clewes, Claude is passionate about his hobby.  His artistic flare adds to the beauty and uniqueness of his creations. Form and function are important elements in his designs. He believes that not only should his creations be nice to look at, they should be used and enjoyed as well.

With just over six years’ experience, Claude considers his passion for woodturning a “work in progress”. However the beauty and creativity of his pieces would suggest otherwise.

You can find Claude’s work at Uniquely Goulbourn: Art & Craft Sale on Sunday December 2, 2012, from 1-4. 

For more information about Custom Woodturning by Claude LeBel, email him here.

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Meet Artists Melissa Bolton & Julie Lemoy

November 30th, 2012

Melissa Bolton and Julie Lemoy will be among the artisans peddling their wares at the Goulbourn Museum this Sunday.
Melissa, an upper level doctoral student in psychology, uses jewelry making as a creative outlet and relaxation tool. “I enjoy both the tactile process and being afforded the ability to attend markets and shows to meet new people and liaison with local artists.” 
Melissa’s wide range of handmade jewelry ranges from $5 to $45.
Julie is a familiar face at the Museum’s Yap & Yarn sessions and will be selling her knit wear at the Art & Craft Sale. Her selection includes baby clothes and blankets, scarves, ladies wear, children’s wear and dog coats.

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Meet the Artists behind Fine Fibre Finds

November 29th, 2012

Julie and Vivianne started Fine Fibre Finds as a recycling project a few years ago to see if they could do some good for the environment and for themselves. They carefully select quality sweaters and enjoy taking apart, washing and measuring the yarns for their next life. They hand wash the fibers with organic soap and air dry each skein to keep it environmentally friendly.  As a result, Fine Fibre Finds can offer recycled yarn and fibers at a fraction of the cost of buying it new ( 25-50% less ).
Julie, Vivianne and their fine fibres will be at the Museum on Sunday, Dec. 2nd from 1-4 pm for Uniquely Goulbourn – Art & Craft Sale.
For more information about Fine Fibre Finds, check out their website or drop them an email.  

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