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Meet our Program Coordinator: Miriam Tepper!

February 9th, 2021

We’re welcoming Miriam Tepper to our team as our Program Coordinator!

miriam

I am pleased to be joining the Goulbourn Museum as their program coordinator. Everyone is so friendly, helpful, and supportive and I am glad to be working with them. Over the next four months, I look forward to contributing to the museum and the Goulbourn community. Hopefully, the resources and lessons I develop will be enriching and enjoyable for the museum’s participants over the course of next year.

I have an MSc. in museum studies from the University of Leicester and have worked in the museum field since 2018. Since my mother introduced me to museums as a child, I have volunteered at various institutions since I was 12, both in science and heritage. It is exciting to be working with a new museum and learning its history, mandate, and about the community it serves.

I am an avid gardener. I started my own butterfly garden 17 years ago and it has expanded since then. Seventy-four plants grow in it, and 3/4ths are native species. I have also salvaged and maintained gardens that were neglected at other heritage museums. In addition to the butterfly garden, I have worked on herb gardens, ornamental gardens, and vegetable gardens. Local wildflowers are an interest of mine, and I am able to identify and name most of them.

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What’s in a Name: A Transparent Look at Sir Henry Goulburn and Slavery

February 3rd, 2021

Do you know the origin behind the names of places you encounter everyday? The names and the history of the people for which places have been named are often forgotten. For many, Goulbourn is one of those names. First established in 1818, Goulbourn Township included the towns of Richmond, Stittsville, Munster, Ashton, and many small hamlets. This area is now amalgamated into the City of Ottawa, but the name Goulbourn is still very present. Goulbourn Middle School, Henry Goulburn Way, and Goulbourn Museum make up some of the present-day bearers of the name in the area.

On February 23rd, Goulbourn Museum will be hosting a live discussion on the Township’s namesake, Sir Henry Goulburn, and how historic naming practices affect people today. We’ve invited experts and community groups to lead the discussion as panelists, including Museum staff and Black History Ottawa.

The discussion will focus on three areas:

  • The history of Sir Henry Goulburn centred around his participation in the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812. As well as his involvement in slavery through his ownership of sugar estates such as Amity Hall in Jamaica.
  • Contemporary case studies on how other communities and organizations have approached controversial historic naming practices.
  • Diverse perspectives on how historic naming practices impact today’s community.

Registration Instructions:

Register for the event on our Eventbrite page by clicking HERE.

Upon registration, participants will receive a confirmation email with a link to the meeting through the event page on Eventbrite. You will access the Zoom meeting link through this page. Participants will receive a reminder email prior to the event.

Please note: You must sign into your Eventbrite account to access the event page with Zoom link. If you do not already have an Eventbrite account, simply sign up using the same email address you used to register for tickets.

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact us at info@goulbournmuseum.ca.

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Meet our Applied Museum Studies Intern: Nicole Gratrix!

January 28th, 2021

Through a partnership with Algonquin College’s Applied Museum Studies program, we want to welcome Nicole Gratrix to our team!

Nicole Gratrix

I am so excited to be working with the Goulbourn Museum team for my Applied Museum Studies placement. From January until the end of April, I will be working on educational programming projects for the Museum as an intern.

I completed the Visual and Creative Arts program at Sheridan College before changing paths and taking Applied Museum Studies at Algonquin. I love to teach and learn, and I’m fond of history and the arts, so programming was the way to go. I’ve previously worked in interpretation, administration, and education at a few different institutions in the Simcoe-Muskoka area.

Outside of work and school, I do a bit of illustration here and there. Some of my merchandise designs appeared at RuPaul’s DragCon LA in 2018, which was pretty exciting!

Working with the Museum during the pandemic is sure to be a valuable experience full of unique challenges. I look forward to working alongside such a friendly and passionate team, and I can’t wait to see what the next few months have to bring!

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Christmas 2020 in Stittsville

December 18th, 2020

Here’s some Christmas cheer brought to you by our community here in Stittsville!

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WE’RE HIRING – PROGRAM COORDINATOR

December 13th, 2020

We're Hiring a Program Coordinator

We at Goulbourn Museum are pleased to announce that we’re hiring! We’re seeking a full-time contract Program Coordinator.

Goulbourn Museum seeks a Program Coordinator for the development of an educational program on the theme of heritage gardens. The Program Coordinator is responsible for the creation of a detailed program plan that comprises multiple modules and combines science and technology education, historical interpretation, and experiential learning.

To see the job posting, click HERE.

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NEW DATE: Goulbourn Museum AGM – December 17th, 2020

December 11th, 2020

AGM New Date

We previously had to postpone our AGM and will now be hosting the meeting on December 17th, 2020 at 7:00 PM (EST). And you’re invited to attend! View the Eventbrite page here.

At the AGM, Museum Members will have the chance to:
  • Hear comments from the Chairperson and Manager
  • See a presentation and approval of the Audited Financials for 2019
  • Participate in the appointment of the Auditors for the 2020 financial records
  • Approve of the 2019 AGM Minutes
  • Elect of our Board of Directors
Registered Members will have access to supporting materials in advance of the meeting.

 

Every member is entitled to vote at a meeting of members. In addition to voting in person, members may vote by appointing in writing a proxy holder.

 

If you are unable to attend, make your vote count by appointing someone to vote on your behalf. A quorum of majority plus one must be present, either in person, or by proxy, to hold a valid meeting. Please click here to fill out a proxy.
 

Download the documents for the AGM by clicking here.

 

Thank you,
For any questions concerning the AGM, please contact Tracey Donaldson, Manager at tracey@goulbournmuseum.ca.

 

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Meet our Diversity Engagement Coordinators

December 10th, 2020

meet our diversity engagement coordinators

Join us in welcoming our two new Diversity Engagement Coordinators: Sesvin Josarasa and Emily Hutchinson! While they are working remotely, we’re excited to have them as part of our team and are excited to see their incredible contribution to our community.

Sesvin

Sesvin Josarasa

I’m super excited to be given the opportunity to join the Goulbourn Museum team as a Diversity Engagement Coordinator. As a recent graduate from Ryerson University, I have an educational background in Urban and Regional Planning. I’ve also served as a Stakeholder Engagement Lead for a Non – Profit in Calgary, Alberta called Imagine Cities.

So just to talk a little bit about my hobbies and past times, I love sports! Basketball, Hockey and Soccer and my three favourites. Being from Toronto I am indeed a Leafs fan, which I’m sure will get me a little bit of hate and trash talk, but hopefully, our mutual love for the Raptors can make up for that.

This position is an amazing opportunity in many ways, but the one thing I’m most excited about is being able to engage with the community and the rest of the team here at Goulbourn Museum. Just off immediate first impressions, I see that the community is very close-knit, friendly and welcoming, it’s almost like one big family! I’m hoping to merge my planning and stakeholder engagement backgrounds to work with you and produce something that will make the community proud.

Emily

Emily Hutchinson

I am honoured to be joining the Goulbourn Museum team as one of their Diversity Engagement Coordinators. As a new Ottawa resident, I am looking forward to working so closely with the community and developing a plan to foster positive social outcomes. In this role I hope to gain experience conducting assessments and managing change.

I graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology and a double minor in Mental Health & Addictions and Health & Aging. This multidisciplinary program focused on the complex relationship between individuals and society, and prepared me for a career in identifying social issues and implementing interventions that promote equity. After graduation I started my first degree-related job developing and facilitating programs for an Indigenous organization in Hamilton, where I worked until this past summer when I decided to move to Ottawa.

Outside of work you can likely find me at a coffee shop, on a hike, or taking a nap.

I look forward to working with the museum to solidify a diversity strategy that reflects their commitment to the community.

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Sneak Peak: Children’s Toy Collection Virtual Tour

December 1st, 2020

Children's Toy Collection. Virtual Tour.

Hello from Goulbourn! My name is Elise Anderson, and I’ve had the opportunity to work as the Collections Intern this fall through the Capital Heritage Mentorship Program.

Today I’m going to give you a preview of one of the projects I’ve been working on: the Children’s Toy Collection Virtual Tour!

As the holiday season begins, we thought it would be fun to show you what kinds of toys would have been given as gifts in the past. In the virtual tour, you can explore each shelf of our collection from your own home.

Our goal was to make this tour as interactive as possible! You’ll be able to click on the toys to learn more about them, play games, watch videos, and enjoy other exciting activities.

For example, one of the objects in the tour is a Canadian winter themed Snakes and Ladders game. Not only can you learn about the history of the game (hint: it’s ancient!), but you can actually play the game for yourself!

I don’t want to give away too much, but my absolute favourite object of the collection is a 1960’s Barbie doll. She’s similar to the Barbie dolls I grew up with, but with a Jackie Kennedy Onassis inspired bubble cut hairstyle. You’ll also be able to watch the original ad for this doll to see more of her wardrobe. I love that she is a fashion time capsule!

Barbie

Barbie as seen in the Children’s Toy Collection virtual tour.

I want to thank the Goulbourn Museum and Collections Officer Sarah Holla for the opportunity to work with this incredible collection. It was so much fun bringing these objects to life in digital form!

I can’t wait for you all to experience this collection and I hope you enjoy the virtual tour

Click here to explore the tour.

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Old-Fashioned Christmas & Virtual Holiday Market 2020 is LIVE

November 19th, 2020

Our Old-Fashioned Christmas & Virtual Holiday Market is LIVE! We are hosting a wide variety of vendors and will be hosting activities, such as a raffle draw! To learn more and to participate in the market, visit goulbournmarket.ca!

To celebrate, we’ve put together a video to launch our market and to wish you all Happy Holidays!

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History of Healing Charms Now Available Online

November 13th, 2020

history of healing charms now available online

On November 12th, we hosted a virtual lecture by local historian Becky McCoy. She shared with us the history of healing charms, even from within the Ottawa Valley!

The lecture is now available on our website and YouTube.

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