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New Exhibit opening this Family Day!


The Goulbourn museum has a new exhibit opening this Family Day, February 20, 2012! Imagine clearing trees to build your home using only hand tools, or collecting ash from burnt wood to trade for basic living supplies. These are the types of things that the Goulbourn area Pioneers did in their day to day lives. The new exhibit, titled Goulbourn Township’s Pioneers will highlight photos and artefacts from each of the communities within Goulbourn. The event takes place from 1:00 pm – 4:00pm this Monday. Everyone is invited, so come on by the Museum at 2064 Huntley Rd. and enjoy some light refreshments while reliving the past of the first settlers in Goulbourn.  If you have any questions feel free to email us here.

John Wright’s Sketch Journal


Goulbourn Museum has recently hired Lord Cultural Resources to create a ten-year strategic plan for the Museum. To start the process, staff met with John Wright, Susan Dunlop and Brad King to discuss the project and to show them the site. While the Lord Cultural Resources representatives were here, we noticed that John Wright was sketching away. We were very pleased to see that John had added his water coloured sketches (above) to his personal blog. You can view his blog here. Thank you John for sharing your sketches with us!

Sparks Craft


Tonight we have a group of 24 Sparks coming to the Museum. We’re excited to have such a big group in, and we’re also looking forward to trying a new craft 🙂 If you’re local, you may know that Richmond, ON (part of the greater City of Ottawa) was named after the Duke of Richmond, and he died of rabies on the shores of the Jock River during a visit to the village named after him. It is believed that he contracted rabies from a soldier’s pet fox three months before his death.

A sad story, we know, but a fox craft helps us tell the story of the Duke to youth groups. And the fox is so cute! For more information about our programs or to book your group, email Tracey, our Education & Community Programmer.

A Big Farewell

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 Sarah Forsyth (second from the left)
Today is a sad day for us as we say a final farewell to one of our team, Sarah Forsyth, our curator of collections.   It’s hard to believe that 5 years ago Sarah started as a part time employee working at both the Goulbourn Museum and Nepean Museum.  Shortly afterwards Sarah was made a permanent employee of the Goulbourn Museum and has been with us ever since.  During these past years Museum has undergone many changes and Sarah has been with us through them all, always weathering whatever challenge that comes her way with a candid sense of humour and great success.  To say she has been a vital part of our museum is an understatement.  
Coffee runs, artefact foraging, museum re-arrangements and staff training will never be the same.  Our team will experience a great loss in her absence. 
We’ll Miss You Sarah!  All the best in your new endeavours.

The Museum Ladies

You can leave any farewells or comments for Sarah on our Facebook page

The mural mystery

100th Regiment

Where is this mural actually located?
I first saw the historical painting by C.W. Jefferys in the Carleton Saga, by Harry and Olive Walker (p.53) with the caption that it is the soldier-settlers of 100th Regiment of Foot building a rough road to their new settlement of Richmond in 1818. The image shows, on the right side, Capt. George Burke and Sgt. Andrew Hill, and other soldiers from the 100th Regiment which served during the War of 1812. Yet the Walkers never give a photo credit to tell us where this mural can be seen.
I have tried researching many sources such as the National Gallery of Canada or Library and Archives Canada but to no avail. Any ideas??
Kurt Johnson, Munster

Honouring the valour

100th Regiment

Photo by Kurt Johnson
I hope others will come to see Maria Hill as a symbol of the pioneer spirit in the face of adversity. She is certainly a Canadian worthy of greater recognition.
Her husband, Sgt. Andrew Hill, whom she accompanied as a nurse, belonged to the 100th Prince Regent’s Regiment of Foot which fought for king and for Canada during the War of 1812. Sgt. Hill led troops into battle on the Niagara frontier where the 100th Regiment was awarded battle honours for bravery. Maria Hill (1791-1881) tended the wounded and dying soldiers on many battlefields such as the carnage at the battle of Chippawa where the 100th suffered terrible casualties.
After the war, the Hills opened a tavern in the new town on the Jock River, hosting the Duke of Richmond on his 1819 tour. When the duke died, she was called upon to use her nursing skills to dress the duke’s body for his funeral.
With next year’s bicentennial commemorations, we will hear a lot about the many regiments of British soldiers who defended the colonies against the American invaders along with the militia from Upper and Lower Canada and First Nations warriors. And we should remember their valour particularly on Remembrance Day for, as historian Donald E. Graves wrote in the Ottawa Citizen “Without their courage and sacrifice, there would be no modern Canada because it would be part of the United States.”
Someday, we should erect a plaque to honour Maria and Andrew Hill who are buried at Beechwood Cemetery in a family plot (above) with many descendants. Her name appears on the grave marker as Maria Taylor for her second husband, Andrew Taylor of Richmond.
Kurt Johnson, Munster
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Remembering the Great War


For Remembrance Day, the Goulbourn Museum installed an exhibit at the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library called Remembering the Great War. This exhibit includes artefacts from both World Wars, including a helmet, uniform, grooming kit, bayonet, and gas mask, and will be on display until the end of the month.

Brenda Holtz, one of our fabulous volunteers, spent countless hours compiling scrapbooks for us last year. One scrapbook lists veterans of World War One and World War Two from Goulbourn Township, and the other scrapbook holds copies & transcripts of letters from Private Sefton Stewart. Sefton was a soldier who fought and died in the Great War, and who frequently send letters home to his family. Both scrapbooks are included in this exhibit, and we encourage you to read through them.

For more on the exhibit, please see John Curry’s article in this week’s edition of the Stittsville News (November 10, 2011) on page 13. You can view the Stittsville News online here.

Lest we forget. 

Mansion Mayhem

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Here at the Museum, we love to celebrate Halloween. In early October we offered Spooky Fall Crafts, and coming up on Sunday October 30 (from 1-4 p.m.) we’re offering a fun workshop for kids called Mansion Mayhem. These photos are from last year’s event.
At Mansion Mayhem, kids decorate graham-cracker haunted houses with candy & icing, make Halloween decorations, and get to go on a spooky tour of the Museum. During the spooky tour we show the darker side of Goulbourn (this is designed to be fun, not scary). Staff and volunteers will be dressed in costume and we encourage kids to do the same 🙂
This event is filling up fast – call 613-831-2393 or email me to register.

Meet the Artists: Salena Savoury Richard


Salena Savoury Richard will be showcasing her work at Uniquely Goulbourn: Fall Art & Craft Show this Sunday October 16 at the Museum from 1-4. Selena has a small business called Art & Aprons, and designs bib reversible aprons for children and adults. The adult aprons are even customized to your specific height and hip size. Salena also creates wonderful pencil portraits and can use your photos for a personal touch. She is also an abstract painter. See Salena’s work at the show this weekend, on her website, or send her an email.

Meet the Artists: Wendy Southin


Wendy Southin has been creating beautiful pieces with art and craft materials for as long as she can remember.  She is currently focusing on jewelry, paper and metal crafts, and has always set up a gorgeous display of jewellery at the Museum’s art shows. Wendy also teaches, so if you’re interested in a workshop you visit her blog for details.
You can find Wendy and her work on her blog, on Twitter, and on Etsy. And of course, you can meet her and see her work this weekend at the Museum. Uniquely Goulbourn is this Sunday, October 16 from 1-4 at Goulbourn Museum. Email me for more information about the show.

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