Caretaker of Dreams

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.

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.