2019 AGM

The Goulbourn Township Historical Society AGM and dinner is scheduled on Saturday January 19th 2019 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 2 Mulkins Street, Stittsville. A delicious dinner will be served at noon with the meeting to begin around 1 pm.

Come for 11:30am to see some displays of what we’ve been doing over the past year.  It’s a social time to visit with and get to know other members, as well as an important function for our Society.  We need your support to enact our business !  So come and meet your friends in the Historical Society.  There will be a time for you to share any ideas for programs or services you would like to see the Society undertake.


One Room Schoolhouse

November 17th 2018 – Remembering One Room Schoolhouses of Yesteryear

presented by  Marilyn Snedden
Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch
1:30 pm

SS# 11 (1888)

Join Marilyn Snedden as  she brings back memories of the rural schools that once dominated our landscape.

Typical of many schools in Ontario a wood stove and later an oil furnace was used for heating. Water was obtained from a hand operated outside pump. Until the 1950’s there were often no indoor toilets. One teacher supervised eight grades and handled 20 to 30 students. Many of these schools were closed by 1996. Come and enjoy and afternoon of recollections. 

Marilyn Snedden is an lifelong and active volunteer in Mississippi Mills. We are delighted to have her for our November event.

This event is being held in the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch on Saturday November 17 2018 at 1:30pm. Parking and refreshments are free. Please tell a neighbour and bring a friend.

Not Fade Away – Digitizing and Preserving Family Photographs

Please note – Our October 20th event “Puppets from our Past”  has been cancelled.

October 27 2018 – Digitizing and Preserving Family Photographs

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

Join Kyla Ubbink as she shares with us her expertise with long-term care and digitzation of family photographs.

GTHS Image GOU768 – The Cummings

GTHS Image GOU027 – tin type portrait

Keeping and digitizing family photographs can be a monumental challenge. From storage and long term care, to digitization and maintaining digital materials, a genealogist faces many choices. In terms of preservation there is much to be considered when choosing boxes or albums, which room or storage space to use, what kind of shelving is best and how you will go about handling and using the photographs. Digitization is a great way to facilitate use and sharing, but with so many options out there for scanners, software, settings, file types, and storage hardware, it is hard for the beginner to know where to start and what they are getting into in terms of time and long term care of digital media. Armed with the right information, digitizing and caring for your photographs and preventing these family memories from fading away becomes an exciting new project instead of a daunting task.

Accredited with the Canadian Association for Professional Conservators, Kyla Ubbink specializes in conservation and restoration treatment of books, photographs and paper artifacts; as well as in the preservation of archival collections. Graduating from Museum Studies, Mrs. Ubbink began her career fulfilling contracts in the Library and Archives Canada’s Conservation Laboratories in 2000 where she worked until establishing a full time private practice in 2005. Ubbink Book & Paper Conservation provides professional conservation, restoration and preservation consultation services to institutions, galleries, antiquities dealers, collectors, researchers and genealogists. Mrs. Ubbink is also a part time professor of cultural preservation for Algonquin College’s Archives and Records Management Program, has publications in professional periodicals, and provides workshops and lectures for community groups and heritage professionals.

This event is being held in the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch on Saturday October 27 2018 at 1:30pm. Parking and refreshments are free. Please tell a neighbour and bring a friend.

Richmond 200 Celebration Weekend

Richmond 200 Celebration Weekend – June 15 -17 2018 – Now concluded

What a great celebration – over 240 rode our historic trolley tour and many more took the self-guided walking tours or Richmond.

The costumed interpreters are now gone but the walking tour is always available. Follow this link for more information about the online app (download the Google &or Apple version). https://goulbournhistoricalsociety.org/mcbean

Shaun Peppy as Captain George Thew Burke

Lia Mazzolin as Margaret Malloch

The Goulbourn Historical Society is participating with the village of Richmond as it celebrates its 200th anniversary with historical guided trolley tours and self-guided walking tours with costumed characters both Saturday and Sunday (June 16 & 17). Celebrate this important weekend with a step back in history.

Trolley tours operate at 1pm 2pm & 3pm from the Richmond Fairgrounds (see map). Historic Walking tours start at 3444 McBean Street.


Richmond Ontario – 200 years of history

June 9 2018 – Richmond – 200 years of history – John Curry

At the Richmond Legion starting at 1:30pm

What do you know about Richmond’s history? We are pleased to have well-known local historian and journalist John Curry to tease us with his in-depth knowledge of Richmond in an afternoon of stories, quizzes and a video trailer in celebration of the Village’s 200th anniversary. Will he stump you with his questions or will you be a winner?

John Curry

Mr. Curry has written much about out township’s history as editor and owner of the recently closed Stittsville News. He had also previously written a book about Richmond “Richmond on the Jock” .

The event starts promptly at 1:30pm at the Richmond Legion, 6430 Ottawa St, Richmond, ON K0A 2Z0.

The presentation, parking and refreshments are all free. Remember, “tell a neighbour, bring a friend”.

Richmond’s Settlers: Who Were They and How to Find Them

May 30th 2018 – Richmond’s Settlers: Who Were They and How to Find Them

presented by  Jim Stanzell
Ottawa Public Library – Richmond Branch
Wednesday May 30th 2018 @ 2:00 pm

We are pleased to have long-time Goulbourn Township Historical Society member Jim Stanzell share his expert knowledge about Richmond’s early settlers, their land grants, and the sources to uncover information about them. Mr. Stanzell has traced his own family connection to Richmond to his Great-Great-Grandfather Joseph Stanzel who fought in Napoleon’s army in Moscow (1812) and ultimately ended up settling in Ashton, in  Goulbourn Township.

Mr. Stanzell has conducted extensive research on Land Patent Holders in this region and it has been published by the Ontario Genealogical Society in its publication Land Patent Holders – Goulbourn Township and Village of Richmond (This publication is available in the GTHS research centre at the Library’s Stittsville Branch). A land patent is a record of the first transaction separating land ownership from the Crown to a person.

Jim also maintains a fascinating blog of his research at http://walkingwithjim.blogspot.ca/
Come and find out what resources are available for searching Richmond’s settlers at the Richmond Library (not a barrier-free facility). This is an official Richmond 200th Anniversary event.