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

(We hope you enjoyed our month-long display – it has now been dismantled. Look out for us again in 2018 at the Stittsville Library Artspace for another peek into our photographic 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

 

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.

The Grants of Goulbourn

The Grants of Goulbourn

map from H. F. Wallin - 1853

map from H. F. Wallin – 1853

The Grant family has a long and influential connection with the Stittsville area. Robert Grant was an early settler on land adjacent to Concession 12 (now Hazeldean Road) in 1818. He was known as a progressive farmer and also dealt in potash and lumber. He was Goulbourn’s representative on the District Council which was the forerunner of Carleton County Council. He was also a captain in the militia, fighting in the Battle of Windmill near Prescott in Nov. 1838. He built a stone house on his farm in 1832, a house which withstood the Carleton County fire of 1870 and survived 160 years before being demolished in 1992 by a developer. His son served on local government and his property is now the site of Grant’s Crossing Shopping Center.

Farms & Families collection

Family of Robert and Eliza Grant, standing left to right John, James, and William.
Seated Bessie (Mrs John Gourlay), Robert and Mary (Mrs William Templeton) from the GTHS Photo Archives HAZ081

Our speaker is local historian and wonderful story teller and actor, John Curry.  This promises to be a informative and lively afternoon. The Goulbourn Historical Society invite all to attend this presentation at the Royal Canadian Legion – Stittsville Branch, 1:30PM Saturday May 21st 2016.

Attendance, parking and refreshments are free. And, as always, remember to tell a neighbour, bring a friend.

Clara’s Rib – Royal Ottawa Sanitorium

Clara’s Rib – Anne Raina

Clara's Rib bookJoin the Goulbourn Historical Society at the Stittsville Library on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in the Library meeting room to hear about Clara’s Rib. This book, by local author Anne Raina, tells the story of her sister Clara’s time in the Royal Ottawa Sanatorium (the San) for the treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Anne and Clara’s father and six more of their siblings also spent years in the San, with their father and two brothers dying of the disease.  Anne will tell Clara’s story, focusing on her years growing up in the San. She will explain why, when Clara left the San for the last time, one of her own ribs was packed in her suitcase.
 
Many of us probably remember the San which was located on Carling Avenue. It was often thought its high wrought iron gates were to allow no one in or out, except those unfortunate enough to have contracted TB.  Do you remember the tests in school when they ‘stapled’ your arm?
Anne Raina

Anne Raina

Anne has recently published two children’s books which give her a Goulbourn connection. The illustrator for these books is Julia Taylor of Munster. Anne will have copies of her three books for sale and she will be happy to sign them and chat with you.

 Attendance, parking and refreshments are free. And, as always, remember to tell a neighbour, bring a friend.