GTHS Lecture Series – May 27 2021

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.

‘Forging Ahead!

A photographic retrospective of the Switzer family of Stittsville.’

What does 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:

2021 Board

We are pleased to present our 2021 Board of Directors.

President (acting)Roger Young
Vice-PresidentLee Boltwood
SecretarySue Clark-Dow
TreasurerJohn Bottriell
Board memberBrian Baxter
Board memberMarguerite Evans
Past-PresidentRobert Halberstadt
Non-elected volunteers
MembershipNancy Peppy
Research / ArchivesEllen Faulkner



Goulbourn Township Historical Society Annual General Meeting 
Saturday January 16th 2021 at 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: .

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

Should you have any accessibility requirements, please contact our webmaster, John Bottriell at  for help.

Autumn Newletter

October 2020 Update

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.

Salute to the Irish


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!