The Story of Hazeldean

April 13th 2019 – The Story of Hazeldean

Presented by Roger Young

Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch – 1:30 pm

Did you miss this event? – We have experimented with an on-line prepared video of Roger Young’s presentation. Run-time is one hour. Check out this link >

Story of Hazeldean by Roger Young on Vimeo.

The village of Hazeldean, formerly part of Goulbourn Township, then within the boundaries of the city of Kanata is situated south of Maplegrove/Kakulu Road and west of Eagleson Roads. The original settlement of Hazeldean in 1818 was by group of “Loyal Protestants” and their families (15) who arrived mid-November after an arduous 45 day journey departing from Cork on June 11 1818.  The Hazeldean settlers were part of a group numbering 183 under leader Richard Talbot, mostly immigrants from in or near Cloghjordan, in Modreeny parish, County Tipperary.

You are invited to join Roger Young for a very interesting presentation on the human stories behind the voyage and settlement of Hazeldean that started over 200 years ago. Roger Young is our newest historical society director and has a lifetime and ancestral connection to the community of Hazeldean.

Young Residence – Mr. William R. Young holding horse + children Frank & Etta in the buggy – 1900’s (early).

This  free event is open to everyone. It is being held in the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch on Saturday April 13 2019 at 1:30pm. Parking and refreshments are free. Please tell a neighbour and bring a friend.

Discovering History through Quilts

Discovering History through Quilts

with Alison Tranter
Richmond Legion
1:30 pm, Saturday March 16 2019

Did you know that history can be found in a quilt?  Quilting has been part of our history dating back to the time of ancient Egyptian pharaohs. Over the years quilts have been beautiful reflections of the times during which they were created.

Alison Tranter, our guest speaker this month will share with us her experience with the discovery of our history through quilts. She will tell us of the process, some of the stories heard through the documentation event held as part of the Richmond 200th Anniversary in 2018 and the importance of labelling quilts and caring for them.

Alison started quilting in 1993 when she took a course for beginners at the Country Quilter in Richmond, Ontario.  Since then she has continued to make quilts for family, friends, charities and for no reason whatsoever except that she finds it relaxing, therapeutic and loves fabric! Alison started to realise that every quilt tells a story about its maker and her way of life. In 2003 she decided to document some of the stories about quilts in this area. Through her research with the quilt documentation process she discovered that this is a widespread activity done in many countries in particular UK and USA.  In 2018 when Richmond was celebrating 200 years as a community and she wondered what other quilts and stories where lurking around the village…

Come and find out more at the Richmond Legion, Saturday March 16, 2019 starting at 1:30 PM. As usual this presentation is free to the public. Join us for an enlightening afternoon. Parking and refreshments are free. Please “tell a neighbour, bring a friend”

Library Photo Display – February 2019

Stittsville – Then & Now – Photo Exhibit

February, 2019

on display in the ArtSpace,
Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch

We have chosen a selection of historic prints from our photo collection and matched them to the Stittsville of today. You are invited to drop in at the Library during operating hours anytime during the month of February and enjoy the scenes. Would you recognize the location of some of the old photos?

Olde Tyme Cooking

Olde Tyme Cooking
February 16 2019 1:30 pm
Stittsville Public Library

Join us at this Heritage Day celebration of old time cooking. Before the days of electric ovens, microwaves and prepared and frozen foods, domestic science was an important aspect of our learning and survival. Could you survive today cooking on a wood-burning stove with simple directions such a “moderate oven” or “pinch of salt” ?

Our volunteers will be ready to offer you a taste of bygone cooking with samples gleaned from old cook books & recipes. There will also be displays of heritage publications and utensils. Do you have an antique utensil at home – we invite you to bring it along to display.  Our presentation will be held in the Grace Thompson meeting room at the Ottawa Public Library Stittsville Branch on Saturday February 16 2016 at 1:30 pm. Parking and refreshments are free. Please tell a neighbour and bring a friend.

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. There will be a delicious, hot dinner at a cost of $17 per person, followed by the general meeting.

Please RSVP by Friday, January 11th to: .Payment will be at the door when you arrive.


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.