The Museum is closed temporarily. Based on public health officials’ guidance, Goulbourn Museum is closed to the public until further notice.

List of Coming Events

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Hot off the presses! Here’s our list of coming events.
(Click on the image below to enlarge it.)

We tried to make it well balanced: high in fiber (Yap & Yarn) but with a little something for those with a sweet tooth (Maple Madness). (:

Hope to see you at the Museum soon!

Get Valuable One-on-One Time with Genealogy Specialists Feb. 2

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If you’re interested in researching your family history or military ancestors but haven’t a clue where to begin, you won’t want to miss A Day at the City of Ottawa Archives on Saturday, February 2. 
Specialists will be on hand from the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS), the Sir Guy Carleton Branch UELAC, the British Isles Family History Society and the corporate Archives of the City of Ottawa. 
Among other things, these experts will explain:
  • how archives work
  • give tips on researching military ancestors
  • provide general information on records in the UK and Ireland
  • show you all the genealogical materials available in the libraries housed at the Archives
  • tell you about local resources – particularly in former Goulbourn Township. 

Goulbourn Museum volunteer Jim Stanzell, also active with the OGS, will have a booth there with information about the 100 Regiment and Goulbourn genealogy.

The experts will be on hand from 1:30-3:30 on February 2 but there are other activities taking place throughout the day. Click HERE for more information.

We’re Hiring! Curatorial Assistant

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Job Title: Curatorial Assistant
Closing Date: 5:00 p.m. on January 25, 2013
E-mail: goulbmus@rogers.com
Salary: $11.00 per hour
Details: 10 hours each weekend on a 20 week contract with the possibility of extension
Web link to Museum: www.goulbournmuseum.ca
The Goulbourn Museum is home to interactive and hands-on exhibitions including The 100th Regiment of Foot – about the soldiers who settled Goulbourn Township in 1818 after the War of 1812; The Village Store where kids can dress up as pioneers & shop or barter for supplies; as well as exhibits about early Goulbourn settlers, the communities in the Township, and local services. The Museum has over 8000 artefacts in its collections, and offers over 35 programs and events each year. The Museum has three full time staff members and is supported by over 40 volunteers.
The Goulbourn Museum is seeking a part time employee to work 10 hours each weekend on contract for 20 weeks (with the possibility of an extension) at $11.00 per hour.  Job duties include: developing and assisting with public programs and exhibitions, registering artefacts, and providing museum tours. Post-secondary students are encouraged to apply.
Candidates require excellent English language skills and computer competency.  French language skills, museum experience and knowledge of basic hand tools an asset.  Job shifts include Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays.  There is no public transportation to the Museum site. 
How to Apply:
Resume and cover letter can be mailed, emailed or dropped off in person to Kathryn Ward, Curator-Manager, at 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville, Ontario, K2S 1B8 or goulbmus@rogers.com 
Deadline:  
5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2013

Museum Fun on Strike Day (& Every Day!)

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Looking for something to do if the teachers strike tomorrow?

Goulbourn Museum has a lot of great things for kids – you can visit the Museum to dress up as a pioneer & ‘shop’ for groceries and supplies in our Village Store, play games like I Spy or Spot The Difference, compare your height to a soldier in the War of 1812 and hear the sounds of the Brown Bess Musket & pioneer hand tools.

We are open Monday to Friday and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. 

G’Day Goulbourn! PD Day Event Jan. 18th

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Did you know there’s a *Goulbourn in Australia? Come ‘down under’ for the day and join us at the Goulbourn Museum as we explore the Australian outback. Come dressed in your best safari outback attire and discover Australia’s indigenous animals with a visit from Little Ray’s Reptiles. Kids will also learn the traditional art of dot painting and make their very own boomerangs.

The fun takes place on Friday, January 18th from 1-4:30 pm on the first PA Day of the New Year and is open to children ages 7-10 years (Grades 2-5). Space is limited and children must be pre-registered to guarantee a spot. Cost is $25 per child. Snacks will be provided.

You can register by phone: 613-831-2393 or email Tracey at education@goulbournmuseum.ca.

*The town in Australia is actually spelled “Goulburn” but, like Goulbourn, ON, it got its name from Sir Henry Goulbourn (whose name appears spelled both ways).

Spread the Word About Women & the War

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Kurt Johnson’s New Year’s wish is to help spread a better appreciation of the contributions of women to our colonial history.  We think he’s well on his way with this fabulous article in The Ottawa Citizen.

The Stittsville News Turns 55 Today

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Over the years the Museum has received excellent coverage in the Stittsville News including this front page photo from February 1992 taken at the Museum’s “Living Off The Land” Exhibit at its Heritage Day Open House.  

The very first issue of the Stittsville News was published on this day 55 years ago.

The newspaper was founded in 1957 by Howard Maguire and in 1975 John Curry became the owner. John has been dedicated to telling Stittsville’s stories ever since. Although the Stittsville News was sold to Metroland News in 2011, John continues to be an ambassador for his community and can regularly be found around town with pen and paper in hand.  Over the years Goulbourn Museum has benefitted greatly from John’s dedication to spreading the word of our news and events. 
Happy Anniversary to the Stittsville News, and a special thank you to John Curry for truly putting the word “community” in this community newspaper.

Lecture on Exceptional Women of the War of 1812 at Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogy Society

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Few women’s stories appear in Canadian history books as their contributions to the War of 1812 are overlooked. Canada’s bicentennial commemoration is the perfect time to tell about six real women whose husbands marched off to war to defend the British colonies. These women’s stories are about bravery, devotion and perseverance. 

Perils & Petticoats: Exceptional Women of the War of 1812 will be presented during the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogy Society’s December meeting by historical researcher, and Board Member of the Goulbourn Museum, Kurt Johnson. It will take place Saturday, December 15 from 1-4 pm at the City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Room 115.

It’s recommended that you arrive by 1:00 p.m. for free refreshments and a chat time (networking). For members of the OGS who cannot attend in person, the meeting will be simulcast.

Click HERE for more information.

Help Us Find the Owner of this Lost Photo

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Please help us find the owner of this photograph. It was left in the Stittsville branch of the RBC Bank in November. The handwriting on the back reads: “In the 1930s at Chute Panet, Que. Nana second from the left.”
If you have any information please contact the Museum at 613-831-2393 or send us an email.

Exceptional Women of the War of 1812 Lecture at Richmond Library

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Kurt Johnson

Discover how four women from Richmond and Goulbourn Township endured the hardships and dangers of wartime in Upper Canada. 
 
On Dec. 12th our very own Kurt Johnson will be giving a lecture at the Richmond Branch of the Ottawa Public Library about Exceptional Women of the War of 1812. He will be recounting the stories of pioneer women who, along with their soldier husbands, experienced trials and tribulations during the War of 1812. 
 
The lecture begins at 2:30 p.m. Click HERE for more information or to register.




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