Thursday, 24 April 2014

We're Hiring! Application Deadline for Summer Student Position is May 7th

The Goulbourn Museum is looking for a Collections Assistant for 37.5 hours per week for 14 weeks at $11.00 per hour. Job duties include: registering artefacts and conducting an inventory of the collection; assisting with public programs and exhibitions; providing museum tours; and creating content for newsletters and social media sites.

The successful candidate will be a post-secondary student enrolled in a history, museum studies, arts or business program. The position requires strong English language skills, both oral and written. Computer competency is required, particularly in Microsoft Office and the Adobe Creative Suite. The ability to use a digital camera, experience using a database, French language skills, and First Aid training is desirable. The successful candidate will be required to obtain a police records check. The Goulbourn Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

Job shifts include Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays.  There is no public transportation to the Museum site.  Applications will be accepted by email, post, or in-person until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

To be eligible for this position, the candidate must:

•         Be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status
•         Be legally titled to work in Canada
•         Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment
•         Be a full time post-secondary student who intends to return to school
•         Be registered in the YCW candidate inventory

2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville ON, K2S 1B8
goulbmus@rogers.com 
613-831-2393

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Seeking Nominees for Board of Directors

Combine your love of heritage with your personal skills and play a major role in the success of the Goulbourn Museum.

Goulbourn Museum’s mandate is to disseminate the material and oral history of the Goulbourn community by collecting, preserving, displaying and interpreting local artefacts. The Museum offers a range of education programs to increase the public’s understanding and enjoyment of local history and offers a History Centre for local history and genealogical research.

The management of the Goulbourn Museum is overseen by an elected Board of Directors and that Board currently has two vacancies. The Museum is seeking nominations to fill those positions; elections will take place at the Annual General Meeting of the Museum on April 26, 2014.

If you are interested in becoming a Board Member or would like to nominate someone else for candidacy, please submit a statement to the Museum by March 31, 2014 describing the skills, knowledge and experience you can offer. All submissions must be marked to the attention of the Nominating Committee and can be emailed to: info@goulbournmuseum.ca or delivered to the Museum at 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville, ON K2S1B8.


Board meetings are currently held during the morning of the second Friday of each month. A list of the current Board Members can be found on the Goulbourn Museum’s website. Click here to download the Nomination Form and By-laws.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Declaration: I do make oath


After the initial recruitment and a doctor’s examination, soldiers enlisting in the 100th Regiment of Foot in the early 1800s had to read an oath declaring they met all requirements and had enlisted voluntarily. Play the video below to hear the declaration.

video

"I [name] do make oath
that I am a protestant
and born of protestant parents;
that I am no apprentice,
nor belong to any regiment of Militia,
or to any other regiment in His Majesties’ service,
and that I have no rupture,
nor was ever troubled with fits,
that I am in no way disabled by lameness or otherwise; but have the perfect use of my limbs,
and that I voluntarily enlisted myself
to serve His Majesty King George,
as a private soldier,
and that I have received all the enlisting money
which I agreed for." 





Tuesday, 10 December 2013

A Star Among Us!

Barbara Rielly is a heritage researcher and volunteer at Goulbourn Museum. While recording the materials and makers of our artefacts she has discovered a host of hidden treasures in our collection. This is her account of one such find.

By Barbara Rielly

It isn’t often that we museum types get to meet genuine, bona fide stars. But those of us lucky enough to have spent much time with this fine lady know that we have indeed had our brush with fame. Star of stage and screen, the inspiration and subject of more than 40 books our fair lady has thrilled generations. At its height, her fame and power was such that companies went into legal battle over her, she was the spokesperson for activists and provided the pattern which many a mother followed. Her beauty is such that she needs no further introduction, ladies and gentleman I present to you RAGGEDY ANN! 

Raggedy Ann has been the beloved friend to little girls since her creation in 1915.  A series of books featuring Ann and her brother Raggedy Andy soon followed and continued to be produced right up until 1977. With over 40 titles in print, these books are still available today. Raggedy Ann dolls are still in production though the manufacturers have changed over the years. There were a number of patterns out there that mothers and their daughters could use to make Ann themselves and it is one of these dolls that we have here at Goulbourn Museum.  Our Raggedy Ann has outrageously long carrot coloured hair and her matching orange outfit has a floral decorative band that is hand drawn as are her features.   It is likely that our Ann was made in the 1970s or 1980s when Raggedy Ann had her triumphant comeback tour complete with her own comic book, a Broadway musical, and two television specials. Raggedy Ann had her own museum for many years and was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2002. Click HERE to learn more about Raggedy Ann and her exploits.

I have to admit it has been fun checking out the doll collection at Goulbourn Museum in no small part because it brings back memories. Play is one of the great things about being a kid and dolls were something with which most children would have played. It’s only in recent years that kids have multiple dolls to play with so we can be sure that Ann would for most of her life have been the beloved ‘only doll’ in a child’s life. It is not hard to picture our Ann propped in a chair waiting for her little girl to get home from school.

I remember Raggedy Ann’s massive popularity in the 1970s and had several friends with Anns similar to she who waits at Goulbourn Museum. Given Raggedy Ann has been around for almost a century now, and that there is a new line of plush Raggedy Ann and Andys coming out, we can expect to see her around for a while yet.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Busy Bee Blankets: Fashionable Flannelette for the Little People in your Lives

An established wall and window mural artist, Carol Macpherson has recently switched her canvass to flannel fabric and her brushes for a sewing machine.  “I love the creative process that goes into making rag blankets, “says Carol.

Busy Bee Blankets makes baby sized rag blankets for boys and girls featuring flannelette and cotton fabrics in different styles and patterns. Each blanket is soft, warm and cuddly ensuring baby is comfy and content.

Carol will be selling her bright, beautiful blankets at our Old-Fashioned Christmas - Art & Craft Sale this Sunday. Come find her in the vendor tent from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wooly Warmth: Handmade Knitted & Crocheted Scarves, Cowls & Hats

Munster resident Julie Kavanagh makes beautiful handmade knitted and crocheted scarves, cowls and hats.

She learned the skill from her mother years ago and enjoys making styles for both adults and wee people – especially hats her sweet little girls can model.

The Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Art & Craft Sale will be Julie’s first show. Come out on Sunday and show Wooly Warmth some love!

Find out more by looking up Wooly Warmth on Facebook.

Gunner’s Kitchen: Gourmet Dog Treats that are Homemade and 100% Natural

In the midst of recalls, Stephanie began baking for her German Shepherd, Gunner, to provide him with natural and preservative-free treats. It didn't take long for the word to spread, and soon Stephanie and Gunner were taking orders at the dog park.

Gunner’s Kitchen makes all its treats with natural ingredients that are safe for both dogs and their humans to enjoy. Your pup will feel extra special with personalized treats to suit their dietary needs or allergies. Drool-worthy training bites as well as birthday and holiday packages are also available

“All treats are taste-tested – and approved! – by Gunner,” says Stephanie.

If you’re looking for a little something for Fido’s stocking, Gunner’s Kitchen will be at the Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas this Sunday, Dec. 1st from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Visit Gunner’s Kitchen on Facebook to learn more!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Babies + Hobby = Poppylane Headbands

Chelsea Bloomfield started making headbands after her first daughter, Poppy, was born in 2010. When her second daughter, Pennylane came on the scene in April 2013 she decided to turn her hobby into a business.

“Poppylane Headbands allows me to be creative and do something I enjoy that both my girls can benefit from,” says Chelsea.

It helps that her girls make the perfect (and cutest!) headband testers.

Poppylane makes accessories for babies, children and adults using comfortable soft elastic in many unique and stylish colours.

Chelsea will be selling her line of headbands and hair clips at the Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas this Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4  p.m.

For more information about Poppylane Headbands, check them out on Etsy and Instagram (poppylaneheadbands).

Meet Pencil Artist Sheila Cain-Sample

Sheila Cain-Sample has been drawing for as long as she can remember.

“It's happy time for me, a place to run free and relax.  I'm a pencil artist who loves detail.  It's all about the contrast between dark and light, shapes and lines,” she says.  “Photorealism or hyperrealism is the challenge – to look at an object and see it then have it flow through my hand to paper.”

Sheila works primarily with graphite but loves to change to coloured pencil if the piece dictates it.

You’ll find Sheila in the vendor tent at our Old-Fashioned Christmas this Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. peddling her beautiful hand-drawn art. To learn more about Sheila visit her blog and etsy page or look her up on Facebook.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Local Jewelry Artist makes Statement Pieces from Semi-Precious Stones and Pearls

Barbara Steacy was exposed to jewelry making at a young age.

“My mother was an artist and both my parents were award winning craftsmen who made hand wrought agate jewelry,” she says.  Despite the early exposure, it wasn't until recently that Barbara returned to her roots and started stringing her own stones.

Her fashion jewelry is designed using semi-precious stones, minerals and fresh water pearls. “I also use Swarovski elements, crystals, pewter, silver and gold plate, as well as sterling silver,” says Barbara.

Barbara Steacy will be selling her original creations at the Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale this Sunday, December 1st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.