submitted by Barbara Bottriell
[dropcap] I[/dropcap]It was a cold, blustery day when the Annual General Meeting of the Goulbourn Historical Society took place on Saturday January 19th at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Stittsville. Last year the AGM was located in Richmond in honour of its 200th anniversary. The Historical Society likes to hold its AGM each year in one of the four communities of the former Goulbourn Township – either in Richmond, Munster Ashton or Stittsville. A display featuring the GTHS’s participation in Richmond’s 200th anniversary was also part of this year’s meeting. The historical trolley rides, and colourful costumes of the Richmond characters recruited by the Historical Society for the Walking Tours, drew many favourable comments.
Upcoming programs being offered by the Society for 2019 were also revealed at the AGM. The first one will take place on Saturday Feb. 16th and it’s a celebration of Ontario’s Heritage Day. The subject is old time cooking and there will be some old time food on offer for tasting! This event is family friendly and free and takes place at the Stittsville Library from 1:30 to 4 pm.
A new Board of Directors is now in place with elections taking place at the AGM. All the directors are from Richmond and Stittsville. Remaining on the Board are current Vice-president Shaun Peppy and current Secretary Susan Clark-Dow. Re-elected to the Board are current President Bob Halberstadt, and Director and member at large Lee Boltwood. Three new people have been elected and they are: Roger Young, Pat Barlosky and John Bottriell. Judith Richardson has been appointed to a one-year term to fulfill a vacancy left by a Board member who resigned due to other heavy commitments. The new Board will meet in February to decide what direction the Historical Society should take in 2019 and what projects they want to take on.
The Historical Society collects family histories, researches historical buildings, preserves local history maintains a Photo Archives and Family and Social History Archives, does some costumed interpretation, and answers any questions people may have about the history of Goulbourn Township. It depends on membership fees and volunteers who are interested in local history to remain a lively presence in to-day’s world. If you are interested in supporting local heritage by joining the Goulbourn Historical Society, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and have a look at our website to better see what we do. Visit www.goulbournhistoricalsociety.org