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Meet Our Museum Assistant Sarah Allan

May 22nd, 2015

Sarah Allan

Museum Assistant Sarah Allan

Sarah Allan is one of two students hired for the summer. As Museum Assistant her duties include everything from programming and marketing to grounds maintenance! Hers will be the friendly face you see when you visit the Museum or accompany your kids to one of our Family Craft Days. 

“This is my first summer working at the Goulbourn Museum, and I am extremely excited about the opportunity. I grew up in Richmond so I can’t wait to learn about the history that makes the Goulbourn Township so unique!

I have always had a great interest in history, archaeology, and palaeontology (I still want a pet dinosaur) which has only been furthered by the chance to work at the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, and now the Goulbourn Museum. I have recently graduated from Queen’s University with an honours degree in History, and I am excited that after three summers in Kingston, I’ll be able to, again, enjoy the hot summers of my hometown.

Though I am still trying to decide what to do when I grow up, I am so grateful to be currently working with such a welcoming staff, that endeavour to preserve the history and stories of everyday people in our community.

I look forward to seeing you this summer!”

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Volunteers Needed for Doors Open & Father’s Day Flashback

May 21st, 2015

Costumed greeters at Doors Open 2014

Costumed greeters at Doors Open 2014

The Goulbourn Museum is looking for volunteers to help at two events in June.

The first event is Doors Open which takes place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this time staff will be offering tours of the Museum, as well as behind-the-scenes tours of the artefact collection which is housed in the History Centre. We need at least two volunteers each day to dress in period costume and greet visitors. We will provide the costumes but volunteers will need to bring their own lunch.

The second volunteer opportunity is at our Father’s Day Flashback event on Sunday, June 21st. This is a free family event and volunteers are needed to help with set up, take down, and everything in between. Duties could include emptying garbage cans, supervising games, helping at the photo booth, or wearing period costume and greeting visitors. We need three to five volunteers to assist at this event and lunch will be provided (thank you Big D’s!). The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. but help could be needed before and after those hours for set up and take down.

If you would like to be considered for a position, please fill out a Volunteer Application Form and return it to the Museum by mail or in person (we’d love to meet you!). The Museum’s address is: 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville, ON  K2S 1B8

We are happy to provide volunteer hours but, depending on the position, volunteers could be working independently so a certain level of maturity is required (ideally age 16 and up).

For more information please call Kathryn at 613-831-2393.

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Museum needs help with site clean up

April 27th, 2015

We’re seeking the community’s help to get our site in ship shape for the summer season.

The Museum has registered with the Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaign and spiffying up the site will take place on Monday, May 4th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (weather permitting).

Help will be needed sweeping sidewalks, picking up litter, raking and seeding the lawn, pruning shrubs, prepping garden beds and planting. The Museum will have a supply of plastic gloves but we suggest bringing your own garden gloves if you have them.

Whether you can help for the whole day or just for an hour, all cleanup contributions are welcome. And if students are in need of last minute volunteer hours and have time in their school schedule to lend a hand, staff will gladly sign their forms.

For more information please call 613-831-2393 or email: education@goulbournmuseum.ca

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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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Museum turns 25 this year! Do you have any old photos of the building?

February 24th, 2015

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In celebration of the Museum’s 25th year in Goulbourn, we would like to round up as many vintage photographs of the building as possible for our “Birthday Bash” on June 21st.

We’ve heard stories about meetings, dances, and soirees being held in the Museum in its past life, but don’t have any photographic evidence. We are looking for any interior or exterior shots taken before the Museum and History Centre buildings became what they are today. The older the better! With your permission, we would also like to scan them and make copies for our collection.

If you can help, please call 613-831-2393 or send an email to: kathryn@goulbournmuseum.ca

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New community name unveiled at Museum

February 6th, 2015

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In 1957, Debbie Eastop’s parents bought a house on Carp Road between Stittsville Main and Hazeldean Road. The home was originally a blacksmith’s house which was purchased from a woman named Mrs. Potter. Mrs. Potter held the mortgage and Debbie remembers walking through the field with her mother to make the monthly payment. After the mortgage was paid off, Mrs. Potter gave the family an ornate old house key appropriately labeled “Potter’s Key”.

Today, Debbie and her family generously donated the Potter’s Key to the Goulbourn Museum collection. We are honoured to be gifted with this piece of history. The Minto Group held an event at the Museum on February 6, 2015 to announce the name of the new community coming to Stittsville. The “Potter’s Key” development will be built on the border of the former Huntly and Goulbourn Townships near Hazeldean and Carp Roads.

 

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