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SUMMER LECTURE SERIES: John Curry Revisits the Stittsville Flea Market

July 16th, 2020

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This photo, taken in 1981 by John Curry, shows the “Heritage Hall” log building being erected at the Stittsville Flea Market.

SUMMER LECTURE SERIES
John Curry Revisits the Stittsville Flea Market

Join us on Thursday, July 23 at 7 p.m. for the Goulbourn Museum’s first virtual presentation in its Summer Lecture Series. Author and local historian, John Curry will kick things off with a look at Stittsville’s beloved Flea Market.
The Stittsville Flea Market used to attract thousands of visitors to Stittsville each Sunday. When it closed down in 2004 after 30 years in operation, the market was a multi-building complex billed as the largest indoor/outdoor flea market in Canada. It was known to draw up to 20,000 visitors on its busiest Sundays!

Click HERE to register!

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The lecture will take place over Zoom. Upon registering, participants will receive an email confirmation. At a later date, we will email all participants an invitation to access the Zoom Meeting as well as a video on how to use Zoom.The event will start promptly at 7 p.m. and will include a Question and Answer period following Mr. Curry’s lecture.

August’s virtual lecture will discuss The Great Fire of 1870 and takes place on August 17 – exactly 200 years to the day that the fire hit Stittsville!

If you would like more information about either lecture, please contact us at register@goulbournmuseum.ca.

Hope to see you there!

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Introducing Summer Seekers!

July 13th, 2020

Summer Seekers is a virtual weekly program where we encourage children to explore how people their age lived and played in Goulbourn 150 years ago! Each Monday, join us for a new set of activities, from games to food to crafts! You’ll have the chance to earn prizes while you learn some cool new skills!

Summer Seekers is filled with opportunities to try fun activities and learn new skills. Our digital badges will help you track your accomplishments as you go–and give you the chance to earn prizes!

Each week, you can earn badges by completing certain activities or challenges! When you complete a challenge, simply fill out this form to request your badge. The Museum will deliver all badges for the week by email every Friday. You can download badges to your computer or, if you create an account on Badgr, store them in a personal “digital backpack.”

The best part? For every FIVE badges you earn, you will receive a prize in the mail! The Museum will contact you when you become eligible for this offer.* You can collect up to THREE prizes over the course of the summer.

Kits Club Members will also receive a 50c credit on their membership card for every badge they earn! For more information on how to become a Kits Club member, email info@goulbournmuseum.ca

*Offer is available to residents of Canada only.

For more information about the Summer Seekers program, watch the video above! If you have any questions, email register@goulbournmuseum.ca

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Meet our summer students

May 29th, 2020

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Please join us in welcoming our three summer employees: Ashley Wong, Enya Barbeau, and Nigel Klemencic-Puglisevich. They officially started on May 19th and although we have yet to meet in person, they have already become invaluable members of our team!

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ASHLEY WONG
I’m excited to join the Goulbourn Museum team as the Collections Assistant this summer! As an archaeology student, I hope I can learn more about the behind-the-scenes action that goes into interacting with artefacts!

I’m currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto, double majoring in Archaeology and East Asian Studies, with a minor in Linguistics. I’ve had the privilege of volunteering in the university’s archaeological lab, handling artefacts from Wadi Ziqlab, Jordan, and so in my time as Collections Assistant I want to learn more about the life of artefacts in a museum versus the life of artefacts in the lab.Down the line, I also hope to further my technical skills to continue into museum work or pursue life as an archaeologist. I will be returning to Toronto in the fall to continue my studies but I hope to make the most out of my time here at the Museum!

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ENYA BARBEAU
I’m thrilled to be joining the Goulbourn Museum team this summer as the Programming Assistant. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree with a Double Major in History and Visual Arts from University of Ottawa and recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies.

My background lies in heritage interpretation and programming. I spent three years developing and delivering public programs for the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum in Ottawa.
In the past two years, I have also had the privilege to work with cultural institutions like the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Museum of Contemporary Art, and Canadian Women in Film Museum in the areas of collections management, visitor research, and exhibition development.

When I’m not eating (and sleeping and breathing) all things museums, I enjoy learning about the past through books, podcasts, and television show binges. I also keep up a creative practice in painting, drawing, and other visual art forms.

I look forward to planning virtual and on-site activities that engage the Goulbourn community. Here’s to a fun-filled, if unusual, summer season!

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NIGEL KLEMENCIC-PUGLISEVICH
I’m so excited to be joining Goulbourn Museum this summer as the Museum Assistant! I’m currently attending Carleton University for a BA in History and Greek & Roman Studies with minors in Medieval Studies and Islamic Studies. I’ve worked for years in local history institutions in Ontario and am excited to experience Goulbourn Museum and all the former township has to offer, even during this complicated time of social distancing. I hope during my time working with the museum that I’ll get the opportunity to learn more about museum operations and management as well as historical research.

I grew up in Bowmanville, Ontario where I was lucky enough to work with Clarington Museums & Archives for over four years. From there, I began working with more local museums and exploring my love of history further. Upon moving to Ottawa, I began to once again work in museums and further developed my love for this industry. I hope after my degree to move to Malta and take my love of history to a graduate level.

In my spare time, I work mostly on researching my family histories from Malta, Constantinople, England, Slovenia, and Croatia. I also enjoy reading, cooking, gardening, and painting.

I look forward to the summer I’ll be spending with Goulbourn Museum and learning so much from the staff and community!

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Yore Yourself Challenge: More photos addded!

April 24th, 2020

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We are challenging YOU to get silly and recreate old photos of Goulbourn Township!

The photos (below) depict families from as far back as the 1800s.

HOW IT WORKS: Once you’ve chosen a picture, use your imagination to recreate the scene with the people, props and pets you have at home!

Click on the thumbnails below to take a closer look at the photos and find the perfect one to replicate. To keep the challenge fresh, a new series of photos will be added each week.

Participants can share their masterpieces (in either colour or black-and-white) on social media with the hashtag #YoreYourselfChallenge, and tag the Museum. Photos can also be emailed to info@goulbournmuseum.ca. Submissions will be compiled into a gallery that can be viewed on the Museum’s website and social media.

Have fun!

 

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Summer job postings hot off the presses!

April 16th, 2020

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The Museum is looking for three post-secondary students for the following summer positions:

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

Program Assistant: Duties include the delivery and development of public programs and events, and visitor experiences.

Museum Assistant: Duties include facilitation of visitor services, operational administration and to support ongoing daily operations.

  • All Candidates require excellent English language skills and computer competency. Successful candidates will have a background in museum studies, art history, library and information studies, business, education, marketing, graphic design or a similar field. French is an asset.
  • Positions are dependent on funding and run for 16 weeks at $15.00 per hour for 37.5 hours per week. Work includes weekends and statutory holidays. There is no public transportation to the Museum site.
  • To apply, email a cover letter and resume (PDF format only) to tracey@goulbournmuseum.ca by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, job descriptions may be altered to accommodate the Museum’s needs as employees work from home. Additional requirements will include internet access and personal electronic equipment; including a personal computer and smart phone both with audio and video capabilities. 

 

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Announcing the winner of our Exhibit Contest!

April 3rd, 2020

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We had so many great entries in the “My Family Is…” Exhibit Contest! Thank you to everyone who participated! Our winner is……the Hambly family from Stittsville!

Their exhibit was a true family affair with contributions from parents Mandy and Rob, their children Jack and Lucy, and a special appearance from Shirley “Nana” Hambly who was interviewed in England. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/VJXmsuWnvYE.

“We hope you like our exhibit that tells family stories and favourites from grandparents to grandkids in England, America and Canada,” Mandy wrote in her submission.

“We enjoyed unearthing old photos and sharing laughs and history with each other. What a great week – stuck at home! – to work hard on a project that honours our family by illustrating what’s unique about “us”.

Goulbourn Museum’s Education Officer, Sarah Catterall says the Hambly’s exhibit showed attention to detail and had a fantastic blend of artefacts, photos, texts, and video. “The winning “My Family Is…” exhibit clearly demonstrates family working, creating, and learning together- both near and far,” says Sarah. “Well done to the Hamblys!”

To take a closer look at the photos from the Hambly’s exhibit, please click on the images below.

Stay tuned for more fun at-home activities to be announced next week!

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Contest & At-Home Activities: Bringing the Museum to You!

March 19th, 2020

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The Museum may be closed but staff has been busy developing online programming to help families connect, keep busy and have fun while you spend time at home. You can’t come to the Museum, but the Museum can come to you!

Follow along with us on social media where each day we will share an activity for you to do at home. Keep your eyes open this week for a contest and prize announcement!

Day 1 Activity: Call someone who you consider to be family, and ask them to tell you about your shared history. Some questions to ask may include:

  • How many generations have you/we been in Canada?
  • Where did you/we come from?
  • What was life like for your parents/grandparents/ancestors?
  • What stories do you know from your parents/grandparents/ancestors about our history?

Watch the Day 1 Video HERE.

Day 2 Activity: Now that you have learned more about your own family, create a family tree and see how far back you can go! Ask other members of your family to join in and help! Download a Family Tree template. Watch the Day 2 Video HERE.

Day 3 Activity: Find objects in your home that have cool family stories! Watch the Day 3 Video HERE.

Day 4 Activity: Official Contest Launch!! Get creative & design an exhibit about your family history, using what you’ve learned this week!  The winner will receive one of our very popular POCKET WATCHES and have their exhibit featured at the Museum. **CONTEST CLOSES FRIDAY, MAR 27** Click HERE for all the details!

 

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Museum Closure & Program Cancellation

March 13th, 2020

Dear valued friends of the Goulbourn Museum:

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and in the abundance of caution, we have decided to close the Museum during March Break. This includes the cancellation of our March Break Craft Camp, Yap & Yarn this Sunday, March 15, and the Family Craft Day (Too Slow Gotta Go!) on March 29th.

Further updates will be posted regularly.

For more detailed information about, and general precautions regarding COVID-19, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada.

We also recommend the following helpful video from Vera Etches, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health.

Thank you for your understanding.
Goulbourn Museum Staff & Board of Directors

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Love heritage? Become a Museum board member!

February 21st, 2020

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In April, 2020, the Goulbourn Museum’s Board of Directors will have two vacant positions.

Combine your love of heritage with your personal skills and play a major role in the success of the Museum as a Board Member.

The Goulbourn Museum is governed by an elected Board of Directors as set out in its Constitution and By-laws. For more information, please see the Call for Nominations or email info@goulbournmuseum.ca.

How To Apply: 
Please provide a statement describing the skills, knowledge and experience that you can offer the Goulbourn Museum. Please submit this to the Museum — Attention: Nominating Committee — by March 30, 2020.

Board Members will be elected at the Museum’s Annual General Meeting on April 21, 2020.

Contact Information:
2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville K2S 1B8
info@goulbournmuseum.ca
(613) 831-2393

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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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