On behalf of our member museums, the Ottawa Museum Network would like to thank the City of Ottawa, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada for their continued support of Ottawa’s local museums and heritage community. This “Top Ten” list highlights just a few of the successful projects and accomplishments that have been made possible as a result of the generous funding provided by our supporters.
On November 16, the Vanier Museopark held a benefit evening at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre. This event, which was attended by nearly 200 people, represented its principal fundraising activity. The event raised more than $ 23 000. The Vanier Museopark would like to thank the community for its support as well as its many sponsors.
Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum:
November was a busy month for the Osgoode Township Historical Society & Museum. Amidst museum renovations, we began with our Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony on Saturday, November 3rd, followed by an adult jewellery workshop on Saturday November 10th. A wonderful Kids Craft Day was held on Saturday, November 17th where a great group of kids discovered how to create their very own Advent Calendars! Several “Remember When” Seniors programs were offered off-site, including our first program done in french at a retirement residence in Limoges, Ontario! The month came to a close with a well-attended Cheese-Making Presentation by Eugene Kyer on Saturday, November 24th. We are looking forward to the holiday season and more great events coming up in December!
Pinhey’s Point Historic Site:
With the fire suppression and heritage stewardship in mind, an 86,000L water tank was installed underground at Pinhey’s Point Historic Site in November. Funded by Infrastructure Services, the project guarantees an accessible year-round water source for firefighters in the event of an emergency at the site, without modifications to the heritage structures.
Billings Estate National Historic Site:
Billings Estate National Historic Site has completed the final phase of the multi-year rehabilitation of the Billings cemetery. Initiated in 2009 using MSP funding, the project saw historical research and physical studies lead to landscape and sightline improvements, enhanced security to prevent vandalism, the installation of new interpretive signage to tell the stories of the people buried there, and the installation of commemorative markers honour the members of the Billings family who are buried there. The project’s completion is a fitting end to the bicentennial anniversary of Braddish’s settlement in Gloucester Township.
During the month of November, over 3000 visitors viewed the Goulbourn Museum’s display of wartime artefacts at the Stittsville branch of the Ottawa Public Library. In addition to medals, clothing, photographs and weapons, the display also included a series of letters written during WWI by Pte. Sefton Stewart of the village of Richmond. The Museum also held its final family craft day of the year in November which was ‘sold out’ weeks in advance.
In November, Watson’s Mill partnered with Museoparc Vanier, Osgoode Museum, Goulbourn Museum, Nepean Museum and Rideau Township Historical Society to participate in this year’s “Women’s Day Festival” in Manotick, an annual festival sponsored by the Manotick BIA as the Ultimate Girls’ Day Out. Together, the participating museum colleagues developed a special exhibit featuring period clothing from each site’s collection. The period pieces were displayed at the Carriage Shed and Dickinson House, in Historic Dickinson Square from November 1st to 12th. During that time, Watson’s Mill also collected donations of gently used clothing for Nelson House, a women’s shelter organisation. The collaboration was a huge success and the museum colleagues look forward to their next group project.
The Bytown Museum partnered with Haunted Walks of Ottawa to offer fantastic tours and experiences of the Bytown Museum’s building and collection from a wondrous perspective in October and early November. The partnership will continue in December with special Holiday tours over three weekends. The museum had a great opening for its new artist-in-residence exhibition: Rebranding Bytown with Michèle Provost, which was followed by a Curator’s Talk on November 4th and an Artist’s Talk on November 26th. The museum has also been busy preparing for next year’s stellar season – new exhibitions, partnerships and programming, as well as developing major grant applications and funding opportunities.
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum:
Christmas cheer is the focus at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum! Create some memories of your own every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from December 1 to 23, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Our family-friendly Christmas program evokes the nostalgia of Christmas past with a twist! The heritage buildings and our newly planted 20’ Christmas tree will be glittering with lights. The museum green will be transformed with the presence of an enormous sleigh and nine reindeer! Our young visitors will send a “Santa-gram” to the North Pole and experience first-hand how communities met the needs of those less fortunate. With gingerbread decorating, vintage ornament making, a visit to Santa’s Workshop, horse-drawn wagon rides, and of course a visit with Santa Claus, visitors young and old will be filled with good cheer.
Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum:
November was all about community, partnerships and special events at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum. The Diefenbunker partnered with Huntley Parish for our first ever Remembrance Day ceremony. The Museum also hosted a well-attended book launch for Andrew Burtch’s new book, “Give Me Shelter: The Failure of Canada’s Cold War Civil Defence.” A lively presentation by the author and Q&A period followed. We are looking forward to topping the month off with our first annual Whiskey Tasting Fundraiser on November 30.
Santa’s arrival at the Nepean Museum has created huge excitement for the Holidays! He visits for Seasonal programs much to the delight of his devoted fans. Fairfields Historic Property has seen the Family Zone programs fully attended on Sundays and the upcoming seasonal programs for the Winter include ‘ Indoor Games’ and “ Warm, Woolly and Wild” in January and February.