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July 2nd, 2022


On Saturday July 9, the Goulbourn Museum will be opening our doors to the public for the first time in over two years! Drop in anytime between 10am and 3pm to join us for a fun, casual, day full of family-friendly events.

Come walk the grounds, check out our community garden planted by local middle school students, visit our recently re-installed exhibitions, or go on a behind-the-scenes collections tour! There will be light refreshments and activities throughout the day, so drop in anytime!

The event and all the activities are free by donation. Through your generosity, we can continue to fulfill our community-driven mission and mandate, and preserve the cultural heritage of the area!

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NOW HIRING: Digitization Strategy Coordinator

June 29th, 2022


The Goulbourn Museum is excited to announce that we are looking to fill a 1-year contract for the position of Digitization Strategy Coordinator. Guided by the Museum’s 2022-2027 Strategic Plan and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Report, the Digitization Strategy Coordinator will evaluate Museum assets and will guide the digitization, organization, publication, and preservation of Museum assets.

To learn more, or for more information on the application process, click this link HERE.

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Summertime Fun with the Goulbourn Museum!

June 17th, 2022


We’re excited to announce the rollout of our summer programming for the Summer of 2022! We have a variety of programs for youth of all ages!

Summer Seekers 2022


Summer Seekers is a program that was developed during Covid-19 as a way to inspire kids to get outside and connect with others. After listening closely to your feedback, we are excited to announce that this year we are launching SUMMER SEEKERS both virtually and in-person!

This exciting program will encourage kids to explore while teaching them about how people in Goulbourn lived and played throughout history! Every module has a themed set of activities, including games, crafts, recipes and more! As you complete the activities, you’ll learn new skills, collect badges, and have the chance to win prizes!

In the first module, SHOWTIME, you can learn all about the ways that children in Goulbourn Township used to play together through theatre and other games!

To get started click the image above or this link here! 

Or! You can participate by going to our website, and selecting “Virtual Programming” from the “Museum at Home” drop down menu at the top, then select the Summer Seekers 2022 program from the list!

Canada Day Take-Home Kits


Did you know that Canadians invented many of the games, products and foods that we use every day? Without these great Canadians, we wouldn’t have things like basketball, insulin, or peanut butter!

Back by popular demand, in time for Canada Day, the Goulbourn Museum has prepared a fun take-home kit that features materials to make your own delicious bannock, a thaumatrope, and a ring and pin game! You can also test your knowledge of Canadian inventions with our trivia game and test your searching skills with our online scavenger hunt!

Kits will be available to purchase by donation from the museum’s online gift shop (link below). Only 30 kits will be made, so be sure to act fast! Kits will be available for curbside pickup at the Goulbourn Museum starting Tuesday June 21st from 10am to 3pm each day. Don’t forget to bring a copy of your receipt when you come to pick up your kit!

For more information or if you have any questions, send an email to:

To Purchase a Kit please click the above image or right here!

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AGM Notice

June 13th, 2022

*Notice to All Members*

This is a reminder to all members that the AGM is being held tomorrow at 6:30pm via Zoom. If you have not registered to attend, please sign up for free on our Eventbrite signup page. If you are unable to attend, please take the time to fill out a proxy nomination form!

We look forwards to seeing you all!

Eventbrite Signup:

Proxy Form:

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*Event Postponed; Partners in Grime*

June 9th, 2022


As a result of damage to the trees on our property caused by the derecho in May, we are unable to safely proceed with the cleanup as planned for Saturday June 11; safety is our number one priority. We are deeply sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Stay tuned, however, for our continued remote programming like our What’s it Wednesday’s series and our With Love to All letters from Private Sefton Stewart, as well as upcoming in-person events like our Canada Day Booth and our Grand Reopening slated for July!

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*Event Postponed*

May 27th, 2022

*Event Postponed Notice*

Due to recent and unforeseen circumstances, we will no longer be able to participate in Doors Open Ottawa on June 4 and June 5. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Stay tuned however, as we continue to develop a behind the scenes tour of the collection space to be rolled out in the near-future!

For more information about Doors Open Ottawa and the other amazing local institutions participating, see their website at:

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Meet our 2022 Summer Students!

May 17th, 2022

Please join us in welcoming our three summer employees: Kyle Judd Lundt, Stefan Hiratsuka, and Georgian Parkes. We’re excited for you to read all about them and for the adventures we’ll have together as a team this summer!

Kyle Judd Lundt, Collections Assistant

Hi all, my name is Kyle Judd Lunt!

I’m a student at Queen’s University, where I study history and classics. I especially focus on the history of the Atlantic and the whole wild and terrible world of colonization. I’ve had the good fortune to join the Goulbourn Museum for the summer of 2022! I’ll be working as the Collections Assistant — taking part in the gruelling but gratifying process of helping everyone access our collections online. As a local to the Goulbourn area, I’ve grown up with the Museum as a fixture of the community and can’t wait to contribute what I can!

I hope to be able to help expand access to documents and artefacts that are too often hidden from view! I’m also hoping to work with the people of Goulbourn and especially local Indigenous communities to help make the collection accessible and respectful of all.

In my own time, I love to take part in reading and writing fiction, woodworking, sewing, and learning anything else creative!

Fun Fact: My family was among the very first settlers to arrive in Montreal!

Stefan Hiratsuka, Assistant Museum Administrator

Hi there! I’m Stefan Hiratsuka, and some of you may remember me from my previous work as the collections intern here at Goulbourn Museum. It is my absolute pleasure to have been offered the opportunity to continue my time at the Museum in the role of Assistant Museum Administrator where I will be helping share the story of Goulbourn.

Stefan, holding his dog KitkatMy academic background is in history; I hold an Hons BA from the University of Ottawa with a specialization in history and a minor in classical studies, as well as a diploma from the Applied Museum Studies Program offered by Algonquin College. I love any and all things historical so I am very excited to be onboard and sharing that passion with the community.

In my free time I love fishing, gardening, reading, playing Animal Crossing, playing guitar, and hanging out with my doggos.

Fun fact: My favorite type of dog is the Papillon like my rugged and brave friend Kitkat.

Georgian Parkes, Programming Assistant

Hello everyone! My name is Georgian, and I am a student at the University of Ottawa studying history and English literature. As those fields might suggest, I am particularly interested in social and cultural history.

Originally when I went into university I thought I would go on to obtain a teaching degree (actually, I was one of those kids who always thought they would go into teaching). After my first year however, I had the opportunity to work at the Callander Bay Heritage Museum and Gallery, and I have been hooked on museums ever since!

For me, museums are really special because they approach education from a different perspective than a formal classroom. I am really passionate about helping other people learn and making information interesting and engaging. On that note, I’m thrilled to be part of Goulbourn’s educational team as the Programming Assistant – looking forward to a summer of fun events!

Fun Fact: I am distantly related to the famous painter Sir John Everret Millais, and I have sold some of my own artwork as well.


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*NEW DATE* Notice of Annual General Meeting And Call for Nominations

April 25th, 2022


Goulbourn Museum’s Annual General Meeting will now be held on Tuesday, June 14th, at 6:30 PM via Zoom.

AGM & Election to the Board of Directors 2022

In accordance with the Bylaws of the Goulbourn Museum, notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14th, via Zoom virtual meeting space.

The position of Director at Large is open for nomination:

This is the call for Nominations to the Board of Directors. There are up to 2 seats available on the board this year. The Nomination Form and Application for Directorship is attached for your convenience. Members are encouraged to participate in the election process. The nominations must be seconded by a member of the Museum.


1) Only current voting members of the Goulbourn Museum are eligible to stand for election or vote for the Board of Directors as determined by the organization’s membership list as of June 1, 2022. Please note all memberships were renewed for free on January 1st 2022. If your membership lapsed prior to 2020 or if you wish to become a new member, please fill out a Membership Form and send it via email to (Not sure if your membership is up-to-date? Send an email:

2) Members can exercise their voting privilege at the Annual General Meeting over  Zoom on June 14th, 2022 or by proxy in advance of the meeting. 

3) Deadline for nominations is 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 30th, 2022. Please use the following link to complete the Application for Directorship. Nominations from the floor will not be accepted and nominations received after the deadline will not be accepted for presentation to the general membership. The nominations must be seconded by a member of the Museum.

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Internship opportunity for students (unpaid)

April 14th, 2022

Program Coordinator Assistant – Internship (UNPAID)

The Program Coordinator Assistant Intern will support the preparation and delivery of Growing Goulbourn, a hands-on, experiential outdoor program that educates grade 6 students about gardening, plants, and the environment. Participants in the program will grow native plants and heritage vegetables in the museum’s garden over the course of eight lessons spread out between April and June. Topics will include heritage gardening, the global environmental impact of industrial agriculture, the importance of local ecology and the threat of invasive species, land use over time, inter-organism relationships, and other topics part of the Ontario biology and social science curricula.

The intern will gain experience in the discovery-education methodology within a museum; the Ontario curriculum; inter-departmental collaboration; how to develop and deliver programming; how to fulfill a museum’s mandate via education programming; and how to provide information for specific audience demographics.

A complete job description and application details can be found HERESubmissions are due April 25, 2022.

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Handy Heritage – touch artefacts whenever you want!

April 1st, 2022

In an effort to make the collection more accessible, Goulbourn Museum is participating in the Handy Heritage pilot which pairs automated vending machines with cultural institutions. 

The state-of-the-art machines are temperature, humidity and light controlled to keep artefacts safe. To handle objects, insert a credit card and put on the gloves that dispense automatically. Enter the number that corresponds with the artefact you’re interested in touching and it will be lowered to the drawer below. 

After a long two-year closure, we are very excited to be part of this endeavor. It aligns with the Museum’s recent Strategic Plan in which making the collection accessible to the public was identified as a top priority.

The Handy Heritage pilot launches on April Fools day.

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