History of Goulbourn – Caretaker of Dreams

You’re in for a treat as we digitally reprise the Millennium Pageant “Caretaker of Dreams” on Saturday March 25th, 2017 at the Richmond Legion. The Play was written by Barbara Bottriell, directed by Shelagh Mills and produced by the Goulbourn Millennium Project Committee.

Goulbourn’s 2000 Millennium Pageant

This is the story of Goulbourn Township from the early Richmond settlement in 1818 to the youths’ vision of the future beyond 2000. It was conceived not as a history lesson, but as recognition of the achievements of the township pioneers. The play was initially planned as a millennial project, but also became a record of our history as the Province on Ontario decreed that Goulbourn Township would disappear with the expanded border of the City of Ottawa in 2000.

The Goulbourn Township Historical Society was sponsor of the project and the play was produced by the Goulbourn Millennium Project Committee chaired by Jean Shaw.

This was a great community event including over 100 Township actors, musicians and dancers supported by dance director Christine Delorme-Lamarche, Sets by Ron Martin, Lighting by Paul Gardner, musical director Barbara Bottriell, Costumes by Lynn Griffiths and Production co-ordination by Hilary Dick.

The pageant was held November 22-25 2000 in the then new Theatre of the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Stittsville. Videographer Sandy Durocher recorded this spectacular event. It is this recording transformed into a digital format by Russell Mason, that we will be showing at the Richmond Legion as our March 25th 2017 community event. Show time is 1:30pm. The Legion is located at   6430 Ottawa St, Richmond, ON. Come along, and bring a friend to relive our heritage. Refreshments will also be available.

Heritage Day 2017

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Here is an event you don’t want to miss. It takes place at the Stittsville Library on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. The event is being held for the occasion of Heritage Day.

Have you heard stories about ghosts, murder, cemeteries and other unknowns in your community? Attend this event on February 18 to discover in full detail all of the grisly or odd activities that have taken place right here in your own backyard. There will displays with court records, photos and written accounts of these unknowns.

You can attend for free and browse through each display while enjoying complimentary refreshments. There is ample parking and handicapped accessible parking so all can attend.

Bring your family and friends to unearth the truth for these community legends!

Farm Work – Goulbourn Township 1900-1930

Farm Work – Goulbourn Township 1900-1930

Goulbourn Farm Work – Bill Bradley Collection

Come and view a selection of our photographic archives celebrating the agricultural heritage of the former Goulbourn Township. The presentation is on display during the month of February 2017 at the Stittsville Public Library Artspace Wall Gallery. Additional artifacts are provided courtesy of the Goulbourn Museum.

Goulbourn Township as we see it today, originated with the farming families that came here in the early 1800’s in search of land and dreaming of prosperity.  They created fertile farms from dense forests and rocky ground, labouring for long days and nights in the fields and homes that dotted the concessions of this county.    While the modern farm looks much different today the hard work continues.

Please examine these six images and remember how our modern urban environment got its start from the hard work and perseverance of the original farming families in this and many other communities.

Please contact us if you have similar images you might wish to share.  We would be happy to add them to our collection.  info@goulbournhistoricalsociety.org

 

GTHS Board of Directors for 2017

The Goulbourn township Historical Society 2017 Board of Directors

Front row from left to right: Lee Boltwood, Elizabeth Hobbs, Debbie Proulx, Sue Clark-Dow (photo) and Barbara Bottriell. Second row: Lesley McKay, Shaun Peppy, Lynne Blenk and Bob Halberstadt

This is the volunteer Board of Directors confirmed at the GTHS Annual General Meeting, held January 21st 2017.

GTHS Annual General Meeting – 2017

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Saturday January 21, 2017 11:30 AM
Stittsville United Church

This is a gentle reminder of our upcoming Annual General Meeting taking place on Saturday January 21, 2017 at the Stittsville United Church, 6255 Fernbank Road.

It’s an important meeting where you can show your support for the Society. A delicious turkey dinner will be provided by the ladies of the church and the cost will be the same as last year – $15. Please let us know if you have any food allergies. We need to know ahead how many are coming so the ladies know how many to prepare for. Tickets will be available at the door, but we do request that you reserve in advance. Please RSVP to Lynne Blenk at vicepresident@goulbournhistoricalsociety.org or 613-838-5169 before January 14, 2017.

Doors will open at 11:30 for social activities and luncheon will be served at 12:00 noon. Following the meal, the Board of Directors and Committee Heads will report on the progress made throughout the year on our various initiatives. There will be an election of one director. There will also be an opportunity to view demonstrations of various GTHS activities undertaken by your fellow member volunteers.

Please note that this would also be a good time to renew your membership for 2017. Complete the attached form:-> Membership-2017

Soldiers in the World Wars

First World War –  enlistment and action – Brian Tackaberry

On November 19, 2016, and in keeping with Remembrance Day, Brian Tackaberry (North Lanark Historical Society) will talk about the First World War – about enlistment and those who enlisted, about the different battalions and battles in which they fought and about  life on the home front – relating to the former  Goulbourn Township.
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 Brian has a great deal of knowledge about the War and has written a new book – “Forgotten Heroes of Mississippi Mills”. detailing experiences of World War 1 heroes. This book will be available for purchase.

Please join us at the Stittsville Legion (which is handicapped accessible to the left of the front door).The program starts at 1:30 pm  and is free, as are parking and refreshments. Remember, tell a neighbour, bring a friend as well as share your own stories and memorabilia from World War 1.