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While Canada celebrates its 150th birthday the Goulbourn Museum building is quietly turning 145 this year. If its walls could talk they would tell tales of boisterous town hall meetings, lively dances, community parties and, for the last 27 years, Museum exhibitions and events. And although its walls are still standing tall, the Museum’s floors are telling a story of their own. They have started to sag and show their age. Continue reading →
The Goulbourn Museum welcomed dads and families for a special “Father’s Day Flashback” event on Sunday, June 18. The 100th Regiment of Foot reenactment group was on hand teaching participants how to load and fire a musket, along with historical re-enactors from a number of different eras. (All photos by Barry Gray)
Join the Goulbourn Township Historical Society on Saturday, May 13 at 1:30pm for “What Went Down in Struggle Town?”, a presentation that will examine the settlement, historic figures, and structures, which have defined the narrative of Stanley’s Corners.Tracey Donaldson, Acting Manager along with Acting Education Officer Sarah Holla from the Goulbourn Museum will be presenting. Continue reading →
(PHOTO: Jordyn Simpson, with the winning Christmas card design in the background.)
For the second year in a row, a photograph taken by Stittsville’s Jordyn Simpson will grace the cover of the Goulbourn Museum’s Christmas card. The Grade 11 student at South Carleton High School captured the winning image while volunteering as an event photographer during the Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market on November 20th. Continue reading →
They’ve taken over a 2,000-square foot space at the mall across from The Source, where they’ll be accepting donations and then sorting and packing the stockings. Organizer Crystal Smalldon (aka Mother Elf) says the response so far has been incredible, with 200 volunteers helping out and enough gifts already to fill about 200 stockings — that’s all thanks to word of mouth, email and Facebook posts over the past couple of weeks.
You can drop off donations at the mall during regular business hours. To get involved as a volunteer, or for more information visit their Facebook page.
Goulbourn Museum’s Curator Manager has won an Ontario Museum Association (OMA) award of excellence.
Kathryn Jamieson received the 2016 Promising Leadership Award of Excellence at the OMA Annual Conference in Mississauga on Thursday night. The OMA Award of Excellence in Community Engagement is presented to emerging professionals, of any position or institution, who have shown promising leadership within the museum community. An emerging professional is an individual within the first ten years of their professional career. Continue reading →
We are auctioning off the Richmond Bakery sign online in conjunction with the reopening of the Richmond Bakery – Grand opening this Saturday and Sunday August 20 and 21st. All bids in minimum $10 increments and bids must be on the picture attached to this post on Danbys Roadhouse FaceBook page. Bid starts at $100. All proceeds to the Richmond Food bank. Bidding starts effective August 16, 2016, closing August 21st at 4pm (last bid time stamped at 3:59pm wins). Good luck to all!Continue reading →
(Photo: Hélène Rivest, centre, with Goulbourn Museum’s Curator Manager, Kathryn Jamieson, and Chairperson Keith Hobbs. Photo via Goulbourn Museum.)
Each year, the Board of Directors selects a recipient for the Museum’s Heritage Advocacy Award. This award recognizes those who have made an outstanding contribution to the Goulbourn Museum.
This year the Board selected someone who is a Museum member, a longtime volunteer and a donor. This person is also extremely dedicated to volunteering in many capacities beyond the Museum and throughout the community. Continue reading →
(PHOTO: This Sunday, members of the WWI Canadian Army Medical Corps (recreated) from St. Thomas, Ontario will be transforming the Goulbourn Museum grounds into a Forward Aid Post and Casualty Clearing Centre or field hospital. The museum will also launch their new exhibit “Healing Hands – Medicine During the World Wars.”)
Step back in time this Father’s Day and enjoy old-fashioned fun at Goulbourn Museum.
Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Doors Open Ottawa continues to be the second-largest Doors Open architectural event in North America. Since its inception in 2002, over 850,000 visitors have discovered some of the city’s most prestigious buildings including Earnscliffe: Official Residence of the British High Commissioner, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Embassy of the United States, and the Connaught Building….just to name a few. Continue reading →
COUNCILLORS GET UPDATE ON WILD PARSNIP STRATEGY
The City’s Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) meets on Thursday morning and one of the items on the agenda is a look at the wild parsnip strategy.
The yellow plant was a common sight in Stittsville: along roadways, in ditches, along pathways, in fields. Its sap contains chemicals that can cause skin and eye irritation and make the skin prone to burning and blistering when exposed to the sun.
The City launched a pilot project last year to combat the weed, applying herbicide to over 200km of roadways and parkland, and mowing some of the infested areas. The city also mapped infestation areas, and launched an awareness and education campaign.
As many as six Stittsville street names could be soon be switched. That’s because they’re too similar to other street names in Ottawa.
The six being considered for change:
Long Meadow Way
But just because they’re on the list doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be changed. There are a number of factors that the City weighs in their decision, from historical significance to the number of affected addresses on the street. The city is currently asking residents for feedback and ideas for new names.Continue reading →
FREE STUFF! Lois & Frima’s is giving away free ice cream on Saturday, October 31. It’s become an annual tradition to clear out their buckets of ice cream before going into hibernation for the winter . They’re in the Ultrama Plaza at 1626 Stittsville Main Street, all the way in the back of the plaza. Continue reading →
(Richmond Bakery circa 2014. Photo via Google Streetview.)
UPDATE, OCTOBER 8: The Goulbourn Museum’s Curator Manager Kathryn Jamieson sent along this note:
“Goulbourn Museum wants to preserve the history of the Richmond Bakery. If community members have any small items such as old price lists, bread bags, or other memorabilia with the bakery name on them, they would love to hear from you. We would also like to collect anecdotes and photographs from the 75 years the Richmond Bakery was in business. Local residents can email me directly at: email@example.com.”
As for the Richmond Bakery sign, Jamieson says it’s wonderful that it will be auctioned to raise money for the Richmond Food Bank: “We hope that whoever purchases the sign in the auction can give it a good home. Although we’d love to preserve it, Goulbourn Museum is simply too small and we wouldn’t have the storage space.”
The familiar Richmond Bakery sign will be auctioned off later this year when the building reopens as Danby’s Road House.
Calling all artisans! Goulbourn Museum is accepting applications for its Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market. The Market will be held on Sunday, November 22nd from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 2064 Huntley Road. The deadline for applications is September 27, 2015.
The Museum is seeking talented vendors selling original handcrafted items to fill 15+ positions in a variety of specialties such as: clothing & accessories (for kids, adults & pets!), bath & body, jewelry, home décor, Christmas greenery, art, textiles, treats, and baked goods.
Currently in its third year, the event attracts over 400 local visitors annually and also offers festive old-fashioned Christmas activities and photos with Santa. As the name suggests, the Outdoor Artisan Market is held outdoors under a large tent that has some heating, but vendors must still dress for the weather.
To apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with: your name, your business name, contact information and business sites (web/blog/facebook/etsy), and three quality photographs (Jpeg only, please) of your product(s) including one photo of your booth setup.
Space rental is $45 and includes one 6’ table and two chairs. Vendors will be required to provide one item valued at a minimum of $10 for a fundraising raffle and each vendor must provide their own table covering to fit the table provided.
This is a juried event and vendors will be chosen carefully to ensure a balanced representation of each category. For further details about the Museum or how to become a vendor please visit: www.goulbournmuseum.ca or follow them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/GoulbournMuseum.
Every September children come to the Goulbourn Museum for a day of festive fall crafts and to make scarecrows for the Museum’s booth at the Richmond Fair. Over the years, little hands have designed everything from classic scarecrows to pirates and fairies, and everything in between. And each year Museum staff carefully transport the finished masterpieces to the Fair where they proudly take center stage on their table in the Agriculture Building.
This year’s scarecrow assembly session will take place during Pumpkin Spice, the Museum’s next Family Craft Day on Sunday, September 13 from 1-4 p.m. The activities are geared to ages 4 -11, cost is $4 per child, and parental accompaniment is required. To register please call 613-831-2393 or email: email@example.com
Children are encouraged to come dressed in plaid or bright autumn colours. And if their name is selected, one lucky participant will go home with a $25 gift card for Toys R Us, courtesy of Minto Potter’s Key.
Goulbourn Museum is a registered charity located at 2064 Huntley Road in Stittsville. It tells the story of Ottawa’s oldest military settlement and offers interactive and hands-on exhibits. The grounds offer picnic tables with shade umbrellas, and a large checker board. Admission to the Museum is free, but donations are always appreciated.
(Above: Tracey Donaldson puts the finishing touches on the display case. Photo via the Goulbourn Museum.)
During the month of August the Goulbourn Museum will be showcasing a new exhibition at the Stittsville Public Library. This exhibit is all about the history of hats and explains how and why the fashions have changed over the decades. On display is an array of photographs, accessories and of course hats from the Museum’s artefact collection. The museum hopes you’ll have the chance to visit their exhibit at the Library and, if you do, please leave a comment in their guest book! (via Facebook)