Our Lecture Series has moved on-line – join us in the comfort of you home for our engaging presentation on Thursday May 27 2021 at 7:00pm.
‘A photographic retrospective of the Switzer family of Stittsville.’
What do Vinegar hill, a giant winter slide, the Stittsville’s Womens’ Institute, First street light, Fire Department Chief, Fire Siren and Blacksmith have in common?
These are some of the contributions made by the Switzer family to the fabric of Stittsville. With the major changes currently being undertaken on Stittsville Main Street in displacing the Switzers’ century-old blacksmith shop and the nearby houses with a modern multi-story mixed-use building, GTHS Board member Marguerite Evans will be sharing with us the extensive contributions made by the Switzer pioneers to our community.
Marguerite has done extensive research on the Switzers, and we look forward to an enlightening on-line presentation. This is a free community event, but you need to pre-register to receive access iformation. (see instructions below).
Ottawa-born Marguerite Evans’ maternal ancestry goes back to the War of 1812 and pioneer settlement in local townships such as March, Huntley, Goulbourn, and Gloucester. Her paternal ancestry includes Edwardsburgh Township and British Columbia. A graduate of the former Ottawa Civic Hospital School of Nursing, she also holds a PhD from Ottawa University. Sharing a love of history, both she and her husband, Jim, have participated in the GTHS, Goulbourn Township Museum, Historical Society of Ottawa, Heritage Ottawa, Huntley Township Historical Society, Leeds/Grenville Historical Society, Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, and the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
Please register below by May 25th to receive your invitation to our on-line lecture:
Switzer-Blacksmith-shop-1941 - photo by James Lebarron
Switzer-Blacksmith-Shop-1935 - Painting by C. Lyon - loaned by Phyllis Switzer - photo by Barbara Bottriell
Switzer-Blacksmith-shop-September-2020 Demolition after 108 years - photo by Marc Lamarche
Goulbourn Township Historical Society Annual General Meeting Saturday January 16th 2021at 1:00pm.
Due to pandemic restrictions on public gatherings this year’s meeting will be held as a virtual event available on-line. Members are encouraged to attend this event via internet or phone. In order to plan the event and share access information with you we ask that you confirm your attendance or return your proxy to the secretary by Wednesday, January 13th at: AGM@goulbournhistoricalsociety.org .
We need your support to meet quorum and enact our business !
You can participate by:
joining us virtually on your computer – access instructions will be provided later
by telephone (telephone fees may apply) – telephone link will be provided
or alternatively you can complete a proxy to cover any motions or votes. Click on link to download the proxy form > PROXY
During the current pandemic we must continue to postpone our lecture program until it is considered safe to meet. Meanwhile we have now published our Autumn 2020 newsletter. It is available to all GTHS members.
We’ve just released the Summer 2020 Newsletter to our members.
Look for it in an email or in your mailbox.
Looking for some armchair viewing this Summer? Here are some online ideas ideas to follow:
The Senate of Canada
Parliament Hill’s Centre Block is now closed to the public for the next decade while it undergoes a long-needed rehabilitation. Online travelers, however, can still experience the glories of the Senate of Canada’s rooms in this state-of-the-art virtual tour, The Senate Virtual Tour: Your Digital Admission to the Red Chamber.Created by Carleton Immersive Media Studio, a research unit within Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, this is a fascinating example of digitally–assisted storytelling.You will enjoy a peek into rarely accessible rooms, with the opportunity tolearn more about objects, paintings and maps.It’s a true choose–your–own–adventure!
The Louvre offers free online tours of some of its most important and popular exhibits, such as its Egyptian Antiquities and works from Michelangelo. You can take a 360-degree look at the museum, and click around the rare artifacts to get additional information on their histories.
The British Museum
London’s British Museum makes some of its pieces viewable online. The museum also teamed up with the Google Cultural Institute to offer virtual tours using Google Street View technology.
Due to the unprecedented pandemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus, your executive has decided to cancel our March 21 2020 event – A Salute to the Irish – Music and stories with Kevin Dooley and Doug McKenna.
A Salute to the Irish – Music and stories
with Kevin Dooley Saturday March 21 2020 1:30pm Royal Canadian Legion – Stittsville
Join us for an entertaining afternoon of Irish music and stories presented by well know performer Kevin Dooley.
Early settlers of Goulbourn Township were chiefly of Protestant Irish descent, some of them veterans of the wars with Napoleon, giving a distinct Irish character to Goulbourn Township.
Music was one of the skills these settlers brought with them. An example was William Alexander, an early pioneer from the County Tyrone. He was a violinist of note, and during the time he ran the hotel on the 3rd line Huntley his violin was much in use. He specialized in old Irish dancing airs, but also played sentimental pieces very sweetly. Every time he played a piece for his guests he called its name. He could play about 150 different tunes.
Come and help us celebrate the Irish heritage of Goulbourn Township with the toe-tapping entertainment of Irish entertainer Kevin Dooley. This is a public programme presented by the Goulbourn Township Historical Society. Admission, parking and refreshments are free!