Heritage Day 2017


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


GTHS Board of Directors for 2017

The Goulbourn township Historical Society 2017 Board of Directors

Front row from left to right: Lee Boltwood, Elizabeth Hobbs, Debbie Proulx, Sue Clark-Dow (photo) and Barbara Bottriell. Second row: Lesley McKay, Shaun Peppy, Lynne Blenk and Bob Halberstadt

This is the volunteer Board of Directors confirmed at the GTHS Annual General Meeting, held January 21st 2017.

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 vicepresident@goulbournhistoricalsociety.org 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.