Soldiering On: Richmond through the decades

May 26, 2018 – Soldiering On: Richmond Through the Decades

Goulbourn Museum – 1:30pm

Join us for this presentation by  the Goulbourn Museum staff in a discovery of  the history of Richmond as seen through the eyes of the artefacts in the Goulbourn Museum’s collection. Learn about the key moments that shaped Ottawa’s oldest military settlement into what it is today.
 
 After the War of 1812, loyal settlers were sought for Upper Canada.United Empire Loyalists were regarded with increasing suspicion thus disbanded soldiers were

P. Cavanagh discharge from 99th in 1818

considered the more loyal settlers for this new era of development. Richmond (named after the Duke of Richmond, who was the newly appointed Governor General of the Canadas) was established 1818 as a military settlement. Richmond was the centre for the administration of lands in the area. Military supervisor, Major Burke, placed mainly Irish soldiers of his 99th (formerly 100th) Regiment in Goulbourn. The military relinquished control of the village in 1922. As civilians increasingly populated the village many enterprises were established to support the growing population of Goulbourn Township.

Please join us Saturday May 26th 2018 at the Goulbourn Museum at 1:30pm.  As usual this presentation is free to the public. Join us for an enlightening afternoon. Parking and refreshments are free. Please “tell a neighbour, bring a friend”

 

Philemon Wright

April 28 2018 – Walking in the Footsteps of Philemon Wright – Richard Henderson

At the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch starting at 1:30pm

Join us for our April programme as Richard Henderson speaks to us about pioneer and businessman Philemon Wright.

Philemon Wright arrived from Woburn Massachusetts in 1800 and settled at the Chaudière Falls where he established the first permanent settlement at the present site of Gatineau (Hull).

Mill on the Ottawa River – painting by H. Du Vernet, 1823 (LAC C-608)

He initially intended to develop a farming community but found it was the timber trade that provided him the income to winter-over and build a settlement. He was an industrious business man, and 200 years ago, provided most of the provisions for the newly formed settlement of Richmond.

Our guest Richard Henderson is a 4th generation grandson of this illustrious settler. Richard is a career educator and author of a book “Walking in the Footsteps of Philemon Wright”. Come and enjoy an afternoon steeped in local pioneer history. This event is being held in the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch on Saturday April 28 2018 at 1:30pm. Parking and refreshments are free. Please tell a neighbour and bring a friend.

Researching Goulbourn Genealogy

March 24 2018 – Sources for Researching Goulbourn Genealogy

At the Royal Canadian Legion – Stittsville Branch starting at 1:30pm
 
 
Marilyn Cottrell, a descendant of one of Goulbourn’s original settlers (William Lackey)  as well as many other Goulbourn settlers, will be discussing Researching Your Genealogy.  The concentration will be 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 encouraged.
 
Please join us Saturday March 24th 2018 at the Stittsville Legion at 1:30pm.  As usual this presentation is free to the public. Join us for an enlightening afternoon. Parking and refreshments are free. Please “tell a neighbour, bring a friend”

Photo Exhibit celebrating Richmond’s 200th Anniversary

GTHS PHOTO EXHIBIT

Stittsville Public Library February 1-28 2018 (library hours)

The Goulbourn Township Historical Society is delighted to join with the community of Richmond to celebrate its 200th anniversary this year with a selection of historical photographs from the GTHS  Archival collection.

We have selected several historical images from our extensive photo collection for this presentation. Thanks to the Ottawa Public Library, the pictures are on display in the ArtsSpace of the Stittsville Branch during the month of February 2018.

 

The Great Ice Storm – 20 years after – February 17 2018

GTHS relives the The Great Ice Storm – 20 years after

Saturday February 17 2018, 1:30 pm at the Stittsville Public Library

It was considered by many to be the “Storm of the Century” but it started off innocently at the beginning of January 1998 as a light freezing drizzle.The accumulation of freezing rain over several days created havoc and turmoil as a natural disaster that is still felt in many communities today. Goulbourn Township was under a state of emergency for 11 days (ending January 18 1998).  In the end it brought down over 100,000 kilometres of power lines and caused an estimated $2 billion of damages to eastern Ontario and southern Quebec.

Our entire community came to the rescue with community suppers, drop-in centres, shared accommodation and clean-up help. Come out and reminisce as we look back at this major disaster that affected Goulbourn township as the icy grip spread through eastern Ontario and southern Quebec. Do you have photos or stories to share? Bring them along.

This month’s event is being held at the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch  Saturday February 17 2018 at 1:30pm. Come along, and bring a friend to relive our heritage. Refreshments will also be available.

Annual General Meeting – 2018

GTHS Annual General Meeting – 2018 – Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 12:00 noon.

The Board of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society is pleased to invite you to the Annual General Meeting on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 12:00 noon.

There will be a delicious, hot luncheon at a cost of $18 per person, followed by the Annual General Meeting.

The event will take place at St. Paul’s United Church, 3452 McBean Street, in Richmond. Parking is available on the street.

Please RSVP by Friday, January 12th to: president@goulbournhistoricalsociety.org

As always, this is a great time to renew your membership(s). Our Membership Secretary will be there to assist. Membership fee is still only $15 per single membership and $20 per family.

We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones!

See you there!

Bob Halberstadt,  Acting President, GTHS