GTHS Annual General Meeting – 2017

GTHS-5-375_17Annual General Meeting

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 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.
 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 Irish Experience in the Ottawa Valley

The Irish Experience in the Ottawa Valley – Terry Currie

* (note new venue for this event – Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch)

The Goulbourn Township Historical Society invites the public to its next historical presentation on the Irish Experience in the Ottawa Valley. We are pleased to have local Historian Terry Currie back with us for what should be a very interesting talk. The Irish influence continues today with the unique style of Ottawa Valley step dancing, fiddling and song.

currieSettlement of the Ottawa valley was initially discouraged by the French and British governments as the fur trade proved lucrative in the 18th century. Philemon Wright (from the USA) and his extended family arrived  in the Chaudière Falls area in the winter of 1800. The first wave of United Empire Loyalists and disbanded military regiments came after the War of 1812. The early 1800’s also drew several cultural groups to the Ottawa valley, primarily Scots, French-Canadians and the Irish. The Irish were the largest group in Upper Canada for most of the 19th Century (Akeson – The Irish in Ontario). Immigrants included Irish protestant farmers and landless tenants attracted to farming, lumbering and labouring on the Rideau Canal construction. A subsequent wave included Irish Catholics thanks to the initiative of Upper Canada legislator Peter Robinson. The Irish have certainly left their mark in the Ottawa Valley!

The Presentation, free and open to the general public will be held at the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch, 1:30PM Saturday October 15th 2016.

Attendance, parking (please do not park at the Fire Station) and refreshments are free. And, as always, remember to tell a neighbour, bring a friend.

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.