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Join our Team: We’re hiring an Education Officer

January 22nd, 2020

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The Goulbourn Museum is looking to fill the position of Education Officer for the delivery and development of Museum programs, educational programming, workshops, special events, and daily operations.

Candidates require excellent English language skills and computer competency. Preference will be given to candidates with a degree or certificate in museum studies, education or a related field such as public history or history. Alternatively they will have a minimum of four years experience working in a similar position. French is an asset.

This is a contract position with potential to become permanent. The duration of the contract runs from March 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 the hourly wage is $20.00 per hour for 30 hours per week. Work includes weekends and statutory holidays. There is no public transportation to the Museum site.

Applications accepted by email until 11:59 p.m. February 2, 2020: tracey@goulbournmuseum.ca

Please review the full job description and application details HERE before submitting.

 

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Great Local Gift Ideas in Museum Gift Shop

December 9th, 2019

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Looking for the perfect gift for someone who grew up in Goulbourn? We’ve got you covered! These are just a few examples of how you can shop locally at Goulbourn Museum Museum.

Village Pins: Our Village Pins make great stocking stuffers and at just $1 a piece you can afford to get them for the whole family! We have pins for Ashton, Hazeldean, Munster, Richmond and Stittsville as well as a commemorative 1818 pin for Richmond.

Local Honey: We sell jars of honey (as well as lip balm and hand cream) made right here in Stittsville by Simply Honey. If you suffer from pollen allergies, did you know that when you eat local honey you’re thought to be ingesting local pollen? As a result you may become less sensitive to the allergens in your geographic area! At just $10 per 500 gm jar, our honey is cheaper (and less painful) than allergy shots! Definitely a sweet deal!

Goulbourn Tree Ornaments: These wooden tree ornaments resemble tiny cabins that early settlers might have lived in. Each one is engraved with the name Goulbourn and, just like a settler, you build it yourself! The ornaments sell for $14.00.

Heart Maps: Do you know someone who left their heart in Goulbourn Township? These hand embroidered maps by Sadie & June are uniquely hand stitched and framed – made to be a reminder of the places, people, and adventures you hold dear. The Museum carries maps of Ashton, Goulbourn, Munster, Richmond, Stanley’s Corners, and Stittsville. Maps are $25.

John Curry’s New Book: John Curry’s long-awaited book Richmond’s Got Spirit! is the perfect gift for anyone with ties to Richmond. The local historian delves beyond the annual fall fair and now departed Richmond Bakery to celebrate this remarkable 200-year-old village. As an added bonus, John Curry will be at the Museum signing copies of his book on Sunday, December 15 from 1-4 p.m.

The Museum’s gift shop is open Wednesday – Sunday from 1-4 p.m. and accepts Visa, MasterCard, cash and cheques.

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Meet the artisan: Sugar Tarts Bakery

November 8th, 2019

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We are thrilled to welcome Sugar Tarts Bakery back to the Goulbourn Museum’s Outdoor Artisan Market.

Starr is the proud force behind the bakery. Based out of her home, Starr takes pride in using the finest of ingredients to create delicious homemade desserts for you, your guests and everyone in between. Treats like her gourmet cookies or gooey butter tarts never disappoint. Sugar Tarts has a wide variety of menu items including bars, squares, truffles, mini pies, scones and loaves! They also offer some Gluten Free choices. Everything is great to take home or give as gifts and freezes well, if it lasts that long!

You can stock up on Sugar Tarts’ decadent baked goods at the Museum on Sunday, November 17th between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

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Meet the Artisan: Manifesto Crafts

November 8th, 2019

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This is Manifesto Crafts‘ first year participating in the Goulbourn Museum’s Outdoor Artisan Market. Turning antique silverware into wearable art, Manifesto believes in creating beautiful works of art while being good to the planet. The materials they use come from a time of true craftsmanship and they see themselves as a bridge to bringing back the historic beauty of the old to our modern lives.

Be sure to check out their amazing creations at the Museum on Sunday, November 17th between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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Seeking feedback from teachers and students

October 8th, 2019

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The Goulbourn Museum is partnering with 3D Virtual Crafting on a project application with the Virtual Museums of Canada. Our team’s goal is to submit a proposal for the development of a digital storytelling experience (online game) that explores the personal stories of early Canadian settlers in the former Goulbourn Township.

To help our team develop a successful proposal we need your support.  Two questionnaires have been developed by our team, one for educators and one for students (Grades 4-8). The goal of these questionnaires is to gather information so that we can create a product that incorporates the feedback and interest of our community and beyond.

  • TEACHERS:  If you are a teacher, please take a few minutes to complete this short questionnaire HERE
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  • STUDENTS: If you are a student in Grades 4-8, please take a few minutes to fill out this short questionnaire HERE.

If your household cannot complete a survey, please share this with friends and family who can help. 

Thank you. Your support is greatly appreciated!

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Descendants of Goulbourn pioneer encouraged to attend exhibit launch

July 30th, 2019

Isabella Pratt Allen, who was born on the ninth line of Goulbourn Township in March of 1837, is quoted on this newly installed exhibit panel at the Goulbourn Museum.

Isabella Pratt Allen, who was born on the ninth line of Goulbourn Township in March of 1837, is quoted on this newly installed exhibit panel at the Goulbourn Museum.

The great grandson of Goulbourn settler Isabella Pratt Allen is hoping to connect with other descendants and gather for the unveiling of a new exhibit at the Goulbourn Museum on Saturday, August 17.

Robin Ritchie, an Ottawa lawyer, estimates that descendants of his great grandmother must number well over 200. “Many of her descendants are still in the Ottawa area but many have moved away and we’d like to get the word out to all of them about this event,” he said. Descendants can reach out to Mr. Ritchie via email (rritchie@perlaw.ca) to share the details of their family connection.

The outdoor exhibition shines a spotlight on Stanley’s Corners, the area surrounding the Museum. Isabella, who was born on the ninth line of Goulbourn Township in March of 1837, is quoted on one of the exhibit panels. Her quote, originally published in The Evening Citizen in 1936 when she was in her 100th year, recalls the harrowing times of the early settler in the Ottawa Valley. “We seemed hemmed right in with bush. We could only see a short distance from any point,” she said. “The constant fear of all the settlers was that a fire might start in the bush and that they would be caught in it.”

At the event to launch this permanent outdoor exhibit, Mr. Ritchie will also be donating a portrait of Isabella that dates to the late 1800s. The Museum’s brand new heritage garden will also be unveiled.

“The exhibit highlights old businesses and people’s memories of Stanley’s Corners,” said Tracey Donaldson, Manager and Exhibitions Curator at the Goulbourn Museum. Each outdoor panel will feature details about a specific heritage plant to incorporate the new garden. “We want to teach the community about the importance of gardens and how they would have been depended on in Goulbourn’s early years,” she explains. “Plants would have been used for everything from food, medication and dye.”

Living off the land was something Isabella would have grown up doing. Raising 11 children while her husband was often away for the winter months in the logging camps of the Ottawa Valley meant Isabella had to be strong, industrious and energetic. She thought nothing of walking three miles to Richmond, and back, for groceries and supplies. She was known never to take an afternoon nap in her entire life, not once. There were just too many things to get done on the Twin Elm farm.

“She was a remarkable woman by any standard,” said Mr. Ritchie of his great grandmother who passed away quietly in 1942 at the age of 105.

To celebrate the launch of the exhibit and garden, the public is invited to the Goulbourn Museum for a Corn Roast on Saturday, August 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Relatives and descendants of Isabella Pratt Allan are encouraged to attend. The event will feature musical entertainment, games and activities and of course, fresh corn donated by Fallowfield Tree Farm. Families can bring a blanket and enjoy an afternoon feast while reveling in some old-fashioned fun on the Museum grounds. Cost is by donation.

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PA Day Drop-in Craft this Friday, June 7th

June 3rd, 2019

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Join us on Friday, June 7th for another PA Day Craft! We’re taking it outside to make these fun concrete stepping stones decorated with marbles, sea glass and rocks. No need to register, just drop in between 1-4 p.m. to make one.

The craft is by donation only (while supplies last). Rain or shine! We will have tents up in the event of inclement weather.

 

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Meet our summer students – Adam Kaegi and Rachel Liston

May 22nd, 2019

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I am so happy to be joining the Goulbourn Museum team for the summer of 2019 as the Collections Assistant. I have a background in military and political history and am a graduate from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario where I received a specialization in history and a minor in political science. Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated with the past and have always enjoyed going to museums.

I grew up in the Town of Parry Sound on Georgian Bay where I had the privilege to work at the West Parry Sound District Museum and got my first taste of the exciting world of museum work. During my degree at Laurentian University I was employed at the Sudbury Police Museum where I got to learn more about the policing history of Northern Ontario. After being a part of both of these institutions I enjoyed the work so much that I enrolled in the Applied Museum Studies Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa where I hope to gather the technical skills required to work full-time in the museum field either as a curator or a collections manager.

During my spare time I collect and play board games with family and friends. I am also an avid reader of fantasy, science fiction and alternative history novels, and I play hockey and soccer when time allows.

I am looking forward to my summer in Goulbourn and meeting people from both the local area and abroad so I can learn and inform others about the fascinating history of this area.

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I am excited to join the team at the Goulbourn Museum as the Museum and Exhibition Assistant this summer. I am in the middle of completing a Bachelor of Arts at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON. I am pursuing a major in English Literature and a minor in Communications Studies; I am passionate about my studies and am excited to put what I’ve learned to practical use for the Museum.

I’ve lived in the Goulbourn community my entire life (on one of the original farms!) and am eager to use this opportunity with the Museum to give back to the community I’ve been a part of for so long. I have previously volunteered with the Ottawa Public Library and I am looking forward to reaching out in the same way through the programs I will run in partnership with Caitlyn.

When I’m not working, studying, or reading, you can often find me practicing different hobbies like embroidery.

I’m looking forward to my summer at Goulbourn Museum and meeting all of the visiting members of the community that make it so special.

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Attention Students: We’re Hiring for the Summer!

April 2nd, 2019

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The Goulbourn Museum is looking for two (2) post-secondary students for the following positions:

Collections Assistant: Duties include working with the collection, cataloguing artefacts, and daily operations.

Museum and Exhibition Assistant: Duties include exhibition development, programming, marketing, design and daily operations.

Candidates require excellent English language skills and computer competency. Successful candidates will be post-secondary students enrolled in museum studies, history, arts, business, graphic design or marketing. French is an asset.

Positions are dependent on funding and run for 16 weeks at $14.00 per hour for 37.5 hours per week. Work includes weekends and statutory holidays. There is no public transportation to the Museum site.

Applications accepted by email or in-person until 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2019. Goulbourn Museum, 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville | tracey@goulbournmuseum.ca

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Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market This Sunday

November 13th, 2018

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Get a head-start on your Christmas shopping at Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market  this Sunday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This annual holiday celebration features local artisans, baked goodies, old world entertainment, historical reenactors, blacksmith demonstrations, and festive crafts.

Vendors at this year’s event will be selling a diverse array of handmade gift items including heirloom preserves, chocolate goodies, ice cream, natural soaps and candles, stained glass, toys, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, textiles, and more! See a complete list of all participating vendors, below.

The Calligraphy Society of Ottawa will be on-hand to help children pen letters to Santa and assist adults in drafting decorative gift tags. Families can pose for a photo with Santa, watch a bona fide blacksmith at work, and make holiday decorations of yesteryear. Enjoy free hot chocolate and apple cider, roast marshmallows by the fire, and buy warm comfort food from Smokin R&Rs.

Admission is free!

We are thrilled to have the following talented artisans at this year’s event:

A Touch of Glass
Black Sheep Artisan
Carruthers Cakes and Candies
Classy Carry-Alls
Crazy4Crafts
Holmespun Ice Cream
Forest Forged Chain saw Art
His & Hers Home Co.
MishMash Arts
Monkey Mud Pottery
The Plaid Cow
Peridots & Pearls
Tasha’s Table
Two Hammers
The Beckwitch
Wild Woolly Handmade
Wreaths by Sharla 
Wood & Ashes

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