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Attention students! We’re hiring for the summer

April 13th, 2016

The Goulbourn Museum is seeking a post-secondary student to work 37.5 hours per week for 14 weeks at $11.25 per hour. Job duties include: developing and assisting with public programs, registering artefacts, and providing Museum tours.

All candidates must be registered on the Young Canada Works (YCW) database.

Candidates require excellent English language skills and computer competency. French language skills and knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite are assets. Job shifts include weekends and statutory holidays. There is no public transportation to the Museum site.

Applications will be accepted by email or in-person until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Goulbourn Museum, 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville, ON, K2S 1B8.

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Become a Goulbourn Museum Board Member

February 26th, 2016

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Board Members Frank Argue and Bram Blenk helping at one of the Museum’s events.

 

Combine a love of heritage with your personal skills and play a major role in the success of Goulbourn Museum. 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 provide this to the Museum — Attention: Nominating Committee — by April 6, 2016.

Board meetings are currently held in the morning of the second Thursday, each month. Review of documentation takes place in advance.

Board members will be elected at the Museum’s Annual General Meeting on April 28, 2016.

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

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City Approves Moving Bradley/Craig Barn to Munster

January 27th, 2016

 

Despite a city staff report recommending otherwise, the Ottawa Planning Committee voted 7-2 yesterday to demolish and move the Bradley/Craig Barn to Saunders Farm in Munster. The decision was approved by city council today.

Local resident Jim Evans spoke at the committee meeting in favour of protecting the barn, as did Glen Gower and Stittsville Village Association President Tanya Hein. The Goulbourn Museum Board of Directors also submitted a letter to the Committee requesting the demolition permit be denied.

In order to relocate the barn, Richcraft, the current owner, plans to take it apart, number each piece, and ship it to Saunders Farm to be rebuilt.

For more information on this topic, click HERE for the Museum’s previous post about the Bradley/Craig Barn and HERE for Glen Gower’s detailed article about yesterday’s marathon Committee meeting.

 

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Goulbourn Museum Seeking Project Coordinator (Contract)

September 11th, 2015

The Goulbourn Museum is seeking a contract employee to fill the fixed-term contract position of Project Coordinator. The Project Coordinator will help the Museum fulfill its commitment to the World War Commemorations Community Fund. Responsibilities include developing and launching one travelling exhibition, one temporary exhibition, three interactive activities, a WWI themed educational program, a historical presentation, and a commemorative event.

The Project Coordinator will work 37.5 hours per week with some evening, weekend and statutory holiday work required. The fixed-term contract will be for 26 weeks, beginning October 5, 2015 and ending March 31, 2016. The wage for this position is $15.50 per hour. Post-secondary students are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will have a background in museum studies, history, project management, social science, education or related discipline and experience working in a museum environment. He/she will be able to accept direction, multi-task and work independently as well as in a team setting.

Candidates require excellent research and writing skills, computer competency, organizational skills, and fluency in the English language. French language skills and knowledge of basic hand tools are assets. There is no public transportation to the Museum site. Applications will only be accepted by email at goulbmus@rogers.com until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2015. Please include the position you are applying for in the subject line.

The successful candidate will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check to the Goulbourn Museum’s satisfaction.

Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville, ON.
613-831-2393 | goulbournmuseum.ca

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Goulbourn Museum Seeking Part Time Employee

September 11th, 2015

The Goulbourn Museum is seeking a part time employee to fill the fixed-term contract position of Collections and Programming Administrator (CPA). This is a contract position for Maternity Leave coverage. The CPA will provide excellent customer service; perform collections management duties; assist with programming, special events, research and exhibitions; write articles for the Museum’s newsletters and social media; and, record the minutes at the Board of Directors’ meetings.

The CPA will work 17.5 hours per week primarily on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, although some evening and weekday and statutory holiday work is required. The fixed-term contract could extend up to 54 weeks beginning in mid-November. The wage for this position is $14.00 per hour. Post-secondary students are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will have a background in museum studies, history, social science, education or related discipline and experience working in a museum environment. He/she will be able to multi-task and work independently as well as in a team setting. He/she will be able to work outside in a variety of weather conditions, perform physical labour and be willing to work flexible hours.

Candidates require excellent English language and computer competency skills. French language skills, museum experience and knowledge of basic hand tools an asset. There is no public transportation to the Museum site. Applications will only be accepted by email at goulbmus@rogers.com until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2015. Please include the position you are applying for in the subject line.

The successful candidate will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check to the Goulbourn Museum’s satisfaction.

Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville, ON.
613-831-2393 | goulbournmuseum.ca

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New Exhibit Explores the Origin of Goulbourn’s Street Names

June 11th, 2015

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An 1879 map from Belden’s Atlas (a portion seen here) shows the boundaries of the former Goulbourn Township.

 

Goulbourn Museum is launching its new exhibit Back to our Routes: The Evolution of Goulbourn’s Streets on June 21st. The exhibit delves into the origin of community and street names in old Goulbourn. “We’ll also be exploring the origin of street names in more recent communities and even areas that are currently under development,” says Tracey Donaldson, Education and Community Programmer.

The Minto Group recently named its first community in Stittsville through a naming contest, a first for both developer and city. They christened this new area Potter’s Key, in honour of Mrs. Ethel May Potter who owned the two-acre lot at 209 Carp Road almost 60 years ago. This story, and the key which is now part of the Museum’s collection, have been incorporated into the the exhibit.

The exhibition will also relay “fun facts” such as when Stittsville got its first street light and the definition of a corduroy road. Artefacts from the Museum’s collection will help narrate the story and bring the exhibit to life.

While it won’t be possible to include every street name, the Museum is hoping to get the public’s help in compiling a comprehensive list after the launch. “If you don’t see your street name, or you know how your street got its name, there will be a file here for you to add that information,” says Donaldson.

The exhibit launch takes place on Sunday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during Father’s Day Flashback. The Museum will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with an old world celebration featuring medieval fights, blacksmith & calligraphy demonstrations, Goulbourn’s Old “27” Fire Truck, food, games, face painting and much more.

Hope to see you on Father’s Day!

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We’re Hiring! Summer Student Position Available

April 9th, 2015

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The Goulbourn Museum is looking for a post-secondary student to work 37.5 hours per week for 14 weeks at $11.00 per hour. Job duties include: developing and assisting with public programs, registering artefacts, and providing Museum tours.

All candidates must be registered on the Young Canada Works (YCW) database. This position is subject to availability of funding through the YCW program.

Candidates require excellent English language skills and computer competency. French language skills and knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite are assets. Job shifts include weekends and statutory holidays. There is no public transportation to the Museum site.

Applications will be accepted by email or in-person until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Goulbourn Museum, 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville, ON, K2S 1B8 goulbmus@rogers.com

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Local engineer’s historic ride on last train through Stittsville

March 19th, 2015

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On September 16th, 1870 the first steam train passed through Stittsville. It travelled along a newly completed railway line that connected Brockville and Ottawa. The massive locomotive, named the “H. H. Abbott,” was built of shining steel with brass and red painted trim. It was decorated for the occasion with Union Jack flags along with red, white, and blue ribbons. One month before, a huge forest fire had destroyed much of Carleton County, so this gleaming new train would have stood out set against a blackened, charred landscape.

The new rail line had a huge impact on the lives of Stittsville families. The rail line provided an economic boost to the small community, allowing its farmers and tradesmen to do business on a much broader scale. Trains remained Stittsville’s principle means of out-of-town travel and transport until automobiles became popular in the 1950s. Stittsville Station was demolished in 1969, but trains continued to pass through the village until 1990.

On the morning of January 14, 1990, nearly 120 years after the first train passed through Stittsville, Lorne Blackburn arrived at the Ottawa Station and climbed aboard Via Rail engine 6409 for the last time. Lorne would make history as the engineer of the last train to ever pass through Stittsville. Amongst the onlookers in the crowd was Lorne’s son Steve, who recently shared his father’s story and a collection of personal photographs with the Museum.

He recalled his father’s career with Via Rail, working as an engineer on Route #1, the westbound train destined for Vancouver, British Columbia. The train, named “The Canadian,” would pass through North Bay where Lorne and the team from Ottawa, would switch with a second crew, who would continue the journey west. Lorne would then return to Ottawa on the Route #2 train that was travelling east.

The crew from Ottawa included Lorne Blackburn and Ron Irvine who worked as a conductor. The team from North Bay included Bernie Fitsmorris as engineer and Don Green as the conductor. Apart from working together on the “The Canadian,” and sharing this last journey together, all four men decided to retire from Via Rail together following this milestone trip.

Thank you to the Blackburn family for sharing this piece of Stittsville history with us at Goulbourn Museum.

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Heritage Enthusiasts Encouraged to Join Museum Board

February 23rd, 2015

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Combine a love of heritage with your personal skills and play a role in the success of Goulbourn Museum.

The Museum is governed by an elected Board of Directors which meets in the morning on the second Thursday of every month. The Board currently has two vacancies and is seeking members of the community who share a pride in Goulbourn’s heritage to join the Board, or to nominate someone else for candidacy.

A Call for Nominations explaining the application process and a copy of the Museum’s By-laws have been posted to the Museum’s website. The website also contains a list of current Board members.

To apply, candidates are asked to provide a statement describing the skills, knowledge and experience they can offer the Goulbourn Museum. This should be addressed to the attention of the Nominating Committee and submitted to the museum by April 1, 2015. Elections will take place at the Annual General Meeting of the Museum on the evening of Thursday April 23, 2015.

If you would like more information or have any questions about joining the Goulbourn Museum Board of Directors, please feel free to contact Curator-Manager Kathryn Jamieson at 613-831-2393 or info@goulbournmuseum.ca.

Goulbourn Museum shares the story of Ottawa’s oldest military settlement and early life in the former Goulbourn Township. Located just south of Stittsville in Ottawa’s west end, Goulbourn Museum houses a diverse collection of artefacts and many interactive exhibitions. These include The 100th Regiment of Foot, dedicated to the soldiers who settled Goulbourn Township in 1818; Goulbourn Township’s Pioneers, about early life in the communities; and The Village Store where children can dress in costume to barter or shop for supplies.

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Meet Sarah Norton – Community Programmer and Marketing Assistant

July 11th, 2014

Sarah Norton

This is my second summer working at Goulbourn Museum as a summer student. I do a wide variety of jobs including; off site presentations, assisting with Family Craft Days, and various other tasks that make every day new and exciting.

I am currently finishing my General Degree in Cultural Studies and Anthropology at Trent University and this fall I will be entering my first year of the Applied Museum Studies Program at Algonquin College.

By working at the Goulbourn Museum I am able to explore an assortment of jobs and tasks which sustain and maintain local heritage. This position has also allowed me to assist in the development of research and educational programs to keep local history alive.

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