GTHS Photo Contest – 2017
Our contest is now over – Thanks for your participation.
It’s time to clean your lenses, charge your batteries, and have tripods at the ready to enter the Goulbourn Township Historical Society’s photo contest!
In preparing for the Village of Richmond’s 200th anniversary in 2018 we are focusing this year’s heritage photo contest on images in and related to Richmond, Ontario. Our categories include:
- People of Richmond
- Richmond Heritage
- The Jock River
- Timeless Pastimes
Submission deadline is September 30th, 2017. Complete contest rules, entry forms and model release forms are available from the links below:
Official Rules 2017
entry form 2017
Model release 2017
Check out our previous winners -> Photo contest winners
Art in the Park is set for Sunday June 4th 2017
Come out and enjoy a pleasant afternoon at Stittsville Village Square (corner of Stittsville Main Street and Abbott Street.) From 12pm to 5pm you can engage with 90 exhibitors and performers in a fun afternoon presented by the Stittsville Village Association.
The Goulbourn Township Historical Society will be well represented as we celebrate historical Stittsville Main Street. Here are a few historical photos of our Main Street. Hope to see you there Sunday. The weather forecast looks good!
What Went Down in Struggle Town?
Tracey Donaldson, Acting Manager and Acting Education Officer Sarah Holla from the Goulbourn Museum present What Went Down in Struggle Town? This presentation will examine the settlement, historic figures, and structures, which have defined the narrative of Stanley’s Corners.
Settlement of land in Upper Canada became a priority for the British Government following the conclusion of the War of 1812. Discharged soldiers who accepted land grants were the first to settle in Goulbourn with their presence creating a line of defense for Upper Canada against the Americans.
Wallins Atlas 1863
Belden’s Atlas 1879
At the intersection of 9th line and Regional Road 5 (Flewellyn and Huntley Roads) a small community known as Rathwells Corners grew as a busy stopping point between Richmond and the Upper Ottawa Valley. By the 1850’s John Rathwell an early school teacher taught at a school located just west at Black’s Sideroad. Also his wife kept a stopping place or hotel at Rathwells Corners. By 1879 there was a store, St. Thomas Church, a saw mill, and a school. Later the community also supported a cheese factory, cement factory, post office and blacksmith shop. Eventually the Rathwell’s sold the Hotel to John Manchester and in turn to Jonathon Stanley. The small community then became known as Stanley Corners. It was nicknamed “Struggle Town” by the early Irish settlers, the history of Stanley Corners is marked by success, prosperity and tragedy.
SS#10 Stanley Corners 1926 – From Farms and Families
Were the settlers justified in nicknaming the community Struggle Town?
This presentation at the Goulbourn Museum, Saturday May 13 2017 starting at 1:30pm accompanies the Museum’s outdoor exhibition, which will formally launch during the summer event, Father’s Day Flashback: Ireland’s Own in June 2017. As usual, attendance, parking and refreshments are free. And remember, “tell a neighbour, bring a friend.
DNA for Genealogy with Jason Porteous– note change of event
Genealogy – Undiscovered Family Facts – Marilyn Cottrell
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1:30pm
Jason is unable to attend this meeting, but Historical Society and Program Committee member and great researcher, Marilyn Cottrell, has volunteered to step in. This promises to be a useful presentation for those interested in undiscovered family facts or who have reached brick-walls in their research.
What is a genealogical DNA test?
Join us for our April public programme as Jason Porteous, covers an overview of genetic genealogy testing, as well as discussing some of the actual sites and tools that can be used to do research into one match results. He will be focusing on the use of autosomal DNA. A genealogical DNA test looks at a person’s genome at specific locations for the purposes of determining ethnicity and genealogical relationships. Results give information about ethnic groups the tested person may be descended from and about other individuals that they may be related to. Jason recently assisted a man whose mother has an unknown father. From her test results her son was able to zero in on a very likely individual who should be her dad, a good example of how DNA can work in genealogy.
Jason is a project administrator for the Porteous Surname Project (which is hosted on the Family Tree DNA site). He has been working on his own Family Tree for over 30 years and became interested in using DNA as a research tool when he got involved in the National Geographic Genographic project. This promises to be a useful presentation for those interested in undiscovered family facts or who have reached brick-walls in their research.
The presentation at the Stittsville Legion – 1481 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville, starts at 1:30PM and as usual, admission is open to all, parking and refreshments are free.
Researching Your Genealogy – Marilyn Cottrell
March 24 2018 at 1:30 pm, Stittsville Legion
Are you interested in your family history? Have started searching family records? Do you know all the resources available?
This month’s speaker Marilyn Cottrell will enlighten us on researching your genealogy. She will be concentrating on sources for researching Goulbourn genealogy, but as all researchers know, sources are often difficult to find, as is information, leading to “brick walls”. Often new ideas for finding missing information come from unexpected sources – all that to say this topic will be of interest to anyone researching family history. Audience participation (and input) is welcome.
Marilyn Cottrell is descendant of one of Goulbourn’s original settlers (William Lackey) as well as many other Goulbourn settlers. She is an very active researcher and long-time member of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society.
Please join Marilyn at the Stittsville Legion at 1:30pm, Saturday March 24 2018. As usual, parking and refreshments are free. We invite you to “tell a neighbour, bring a friend”.
History of Goulbourn – Caretaker of Dreams
– event now completed
Audience enjoying the screening of “Caretaker of Dreams” – photo Robert Halberstadt
This event was very well attended, including several participants from the original live presentation in 2000. The movie-theatre-like presentation, including bags of popcorn added to the atmosphere.Thanks for all who attended.
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.