Are you interested in local history and looking for a way to contribute to your community? The Goulbourn Historical Society has several vacancies on its Board and is looking in particular for people with marketing experience as well as people with ideas for planning programs throughout the year. These are volunteer position and require a once-a-month attendance at a Board meeting.
Your fellow Board members are an amiable group who all enjoy learning more about the former Goulbourn Township, which includes Stittsville, Richmond, Munster and Ashton and all the agricultural land around them. The Historical Society prepares exhibits for public presentation, offers a regular speaker’s program, undertakes research about aspects of the Township’s history, publishes brochures and books from time to time, photographs buildings of historical interest, does some costumed interpretation presentations, and maintains a digital photograph collection and keeps records of Family History and Social History files.
If you are interested in applying to become a Board member, please send an expression of your interest along with a brief bio to Secretary@goulbournhistoricalsociety.org by January11th 2020.
Stittsville War Memorial
Honouring those who died in service for Canada
On Monday, Nov 11th 2019, a new memorial plaque was on display next to the Cenotaph for the Stittsville Remembrance Day ceremony.
GTHS committee members Bob Halberstadt, Edna Marlow, Joan Darby & Fran McCarthy (missing are Valerie Wright& Judith Richardson)
Stittsville residents that died serving their country in war
The plaque commemorates thirty-nine members of Canada’s armed forces, all from the Stittsville area, who gave their lives in the two World Wars and the War in Afghanistan. The plaque represents the vision of GTHS member Valerie Wright, who conceived the memorial, methodically researched local history files, and organized a GTHS subcommittee of volunteers to see the project through to completion. The committee plans to install a permanent version of the plaque in the vicinity of the cenotaph sometime in the future.
Many thanks go to Edna Marlow, who organized and led the subcommittee with help from Fran McCarthy, Joan Darby, Judith Richardson, and Bob Halberstadt.
The Goulbourn Township Historical Society is honoured to financially support this project.
The subcommittee also wishes to thank: Tom Louks and the Richmond Legion for their donation of a permanent sign. Glen Gower, Jennifer Shepherd and the City of Ottawa for their support; Peter Holmes and Lorraine Satchell for their knowledge and helpful advice and the Stittsville Glass & Sign Co. for creating the plaque.
Richmond Fair 2018 Richmond continues to celebrate its 200th anniversary at this year’s Richmond Fair. Events are scheduled from September 12 to 16 (click here for schedule). Look out for the Historical Society float in the annual parade on Saturday morning starting at 11:00am along McBean & Perth Streets.
with Brian Hull
Nicholas Sparks (?) – photo courtesy of Brian Hull / Sparks family historian
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 1:30pm at the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch, 1637 Stittsville Main Street Ottawa, ON, K2S Canada (map)
Come and be entertained by Brian Hull our guest speaker as he regales us with stories about his great-great-great-grandfather Nicholas Sparks. Sparks was born in 1794 and arrive in Wrightville (Hull-Gatineau) 201 years ago from Wexford, Ireland. He began working for Philemon Wright at £50 per year. He very quickly became a property owner and landlord in Bytown and owned most of the lands in the present day commercial core of Ottawa. He died here in 1862 and was buried in St. James Anglican Church Cemetery, Hull.
The presentation, parking and refreshments are all free. Remember, “tell a neighbour, bring a friend”.
See you there.
The Road to Richmond – October 21, 2017 – with Larry Cotton.
Richmond Road was built in 1818 to connect the military settlement at Richmond with Richmond Landing just below the Chaudière Falls on the Ottawa River in Bytown. The British Government had offered land in the Richmond area to British veterans of the War of 1812. Richmond Road was originally a corduroy road. Today, what is left of the road is paved. It is one of the oldest roads in Ottawa.
Corduroy Road – 1832 by Henry Byam Martin NAC115040
Looking forward to the 200th anniversary of Richmond in 2018, author Larry Cotton, will speak about “The Road to Richmond”. Larry is the author of 6 books including the well known, “Whiskey and Wickedness”. Larry’s books are all historical in nature as he has a passion for history.
This month’s event is held at the Richmond Legion <click here for map> starting at 1:30 pm. The presentation, parking and refreshments are all free. Remember, “tell a neighbour, bring a friend”.
See you there!
GTHS Photo Contest – 2017
Our contest is now over – Thanks for your participation.
It’s time to clean your lenses, charge your batteries, and have tripods at the ready to enter the Goulbourn Township Historical Society’s photo contest!
In preparing for the Village of Richmond’s 200th anniversary in 2018 we are focusing this year’s heritage photo contest on images in and related to Richmond, Ontario. Our categories include:
- People of Richmond
- Richmond Heritage
- The Jock River
- Timeless Pastimes
Submission deadline is September 30th, 2017. Complete contest rules, entry forms and model release forms are available from the links below:
Official Rules 2017
entry form 2017
Model release 2017
Check out our previous winners -> Photo contest winners