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					                                                                  16 Rowley Avenue
                                                                        Nepean, ON
                                                                           K2G 1L9

Newsletter                                              - Spring 2008 -
In this issue:

  •   The End of an Era- pg. 2
  •   The Dollhouse Story- Pg. 2
  •   Historical Books & Docs- Pg. 4
  •   Poppy Plaque Continues- Pg. 5
  •   Animation Collection- Pg. 6                                           Pg. 8…
  •   Behind the Badge- Pg. 7
  •   Nepean's Historical Peerage-Pg.10

                 Happy Birthday!!
                                                   You are cordially invited
                                                         to attend the
                                             Nepean Museum’s “Mad Hatter”
                                                          Tea Party
                                               to celebrate the occasion of our
                                           25th Birthday at 2pm at the Nepean
                                           Museum, 16 Rowley Ave. on Sunday
                                                        June 1st, 2008.
                                            There will be tea, sandwiches, scones,
                                          confections, fun, frolic and prizes for best
                                                 hats. Please bring a friend!
                                          R.S.V.P by Friday May 30th (613) 723-
                                              and book your place at either the
                                                  2:00 or 3:00 pm sitting.

New Hours of Operation:
       Monday-Friday: 10am – 5pm     Saturday-Sunday: 1pm-4pm
                         Holidays: 10am-5pm

The End of an Era                                        Place on September 12,
                                                         1998 to celebrate their
D. Aubrey Moodie, the “father” of Nepean passed          90th Birthdays and their
away on May 17th of this year at the age of 99. There    65th wedding anniversary.
were some 400 people at his funeral held at Bell’s       Mr. Moodie, his life, his
Corner’s United Church, representing the political       times and his memories
“who’s who” of Nepean. Mr. Moodie was the                will live on in a special
Museum’s inaugural recipient of the “Celebrating         display celebrating his
Nepean’s Best” award held at the Museum on May           legacy at the Nepean
27th of last year. There were 200 people on hand         Museum later this year.
then to pay homage to the man credited with
bringing Nepean back from the brink of extinction in
the 1950’s after another amalgamation by Ottawa
saw Nepean’s prominent “Westboro” district
(including our Town Hall!) absorbed. Mr. Moodie’s
contributions to Nepean will still be felt for
generations. His many “behind the scenes” efforts
saw deal after deal struck in the best interests of
Nepean. His legacies include the Queensway-
Carleton Hospital and Algonquin College to name but

Mr. Moodie is pictured here with his wife, Ella on the
occasion of a special tribute held at Ben Franklin


The Joyce                    passionate about
                             gardening, collecting,
                                                          began a passion of her
                                                          own in 1981. It started
Guilbeault                   automobiles or aircraft –
                             big things. Some people
                                                          “small” enough, but
                                                          grew into a lavish and
Dollhouse                    like to imitate life – in    accurately appointed
                             miniature.                   dollhouse, complete with
Story                                                     functioning lights, a
Many of us have              Joyce Guilbeault, from       working music box,
passions. We might be        Bells Corners, Nepean,       hardwood flooring,

handcrafted petti-point           It is rare     that                     a six month visit, to
oriental rugs and even            someone chooses to part                 elevate the profile of the
miniature portraits of her        with a passion. A few                   Museum and to share
family hung on the walls          years ago, through a                    with library patrons, her
of the rooms.                     friend of hers, Joyce                   passion.
                                  decided it was time to                  The dollhouse has once
Joyce’s passion is                share her passion with                  more been lovingly
genuinely unique. She             others. Her friend, Helen               packed up and is now on
wanted to challenge               Cook, knowing that the                  view on the concourse
herself and set out to            Nepean Museum would                     level of the Nepean
build all of the home and         serve as a faithful and                 Sportsplex, just a
contents from scratch.            capable custodian of the                stairway or two away
She succeeded.                    dollhouse, agreed to                    from the Nepean Visual
Many collectors will              take it in to share                     Arts Centre. The
purchase the contents of          Joyce’s passion with                    dollhouse is indeed
a dollhouse, piece by             everyone.                               visual. A splendid shade
piece or in kits for a            Since that generous                     of sunshine yellow, it is
specific room. Joyce only         donation, the dollhouse                 under glass and well
did this for a few items          has been visited by                     illuminated in the
in some of the rooms, as          hundreds of children of                 corridor for all to see the
she couldn’t very well            all ages. During its                    details of life in
mold and fire a                   tenure in the care of the               miniature as presented
miniature ceramic sink            Nepean Museum, it has                   by Joyce Guilbeault,
without a significant             also traveled to the                    miniature artist from
investment.                       Centrepointe Library for                Nepean.

Here, Carolyn Wells, education officer and Sarah        Brock Gerrard, our contract collections manager
Forsyth, collections manager add the finishing          proves that you’re never too old to play with
touches to the dollhouse before it gets “sealed”        dolls! Kidding Brock! Mr. Gerrard was hired on
within it’s large Plexiglas enclosure. It takes         a term of employment to assist us with expediting
almost 2 hours to set up all the rooms with three       the backlog of collections materials for the
people and 200 different miniatures.                    Wersch and Hydro Collections.


“Rolls Royce”                                    Nation’s Capital is from Nepean? It is
                                                 the Nepean Township Council Minute
Historical Items now                             book, beginning in January, 1836. The
                                                 elegant writing surrenders the names
on view at the Nepean                            of many of Nepean earliest and most
                                                 prominent families and their status and
Museum                                           standing as elected officials. Imagine
                                                 how hard it was in 1836 to hold a
High-end, high caliber items of historic         Municipal election! This elegant bound
value relevant to a Township, a City or          minute book will also be joined by its
a historical figure from Nepean are              brother, a bound edition of Nepean
those items that we most often crave             Township’s minute book from January
to share with visitors.                          21, 1867 (the year of Confederation) to
                                                 May 21, 1874.
When an occasion like the Nepean
Museum’s 25th anniversary season                 Hand written records are what
arrives, we are delighted that hidden            historians call “primary documentation”
treasures that are in the care of our            – they are unquestionably authentic
collegial institutions are loaned to us          original records of a community’s
for all to see. Such is the case with the        historic identity. This is why
featured items in this article that will         autographs are such a popular form of
be on loan to us from the City of                collectible – they PROVE that someone
Ottawa Archives. These items that will           famous (or infamous!) was once here.
arrive in late May of this year, right in        When they pass away, so too does the
time for our 25th Anniversary Tea on             possibility of ever securing another
Sunday, June 1, 2008, are objects of             original signature, making them more
this high-end historic caliber.                  desirable in the collectibles

Detail of the recently restored
Nepean Township Minute Book                      Detail of the red binding of
beginning in January 1836.                       Nepean’s 1867 minute book,
Ottawa oldest municipal record is                the year of Confederation.
from Nepean!                                     These will be on view in time
                                                 for tea June 1st!

Did you know that the OLDEST                     This is also why Municipal minute
surviving official Municipal record in the       books are priceless historical

documents. They contain the
handwritten record, the essence of                  Many of the actions of the elected
proof that “we were once here” and                  officials of the 1800’s are still with us
“this is what we did.”                              today.
March 5, 1876. This historic document
will also accompany this special

What still stands at the corners of
Richmond and Churchill Avenues
today? The end product of Harmer’s
tender, which we now all know, love
and embrace as the Churchill Seniors
Centre, once Nepean’s Town Hall from
1876 until 1950.

Today, as evidenced by an original
“job posting” for a tender for the
construction of the Nepean Town Hall
of 1876, issued by F. W. Harmer,
Clerk for the township of Nepean, on


                                                                      entitled to receive a
POPPY                                                                 Poppy Plaque.
                                                                      Remember, if you are a
PLAQUE                                                                Veteran who currently
                                                                      resides in Nepean, or
PROGRAM                                                               lived here in years
                                                                      previous, you are
CONTINUES                                                             eligible to receive one.
                                                                      To orders yours, as a
The Scotiabank sponsored Poppy Plaque Program is                      registrant or as a
still going strong. To date, the Nepean Museum’s                      spouse, please contact
Board of Trustees and Staff have personally thanked                   any member of the
over 800 Veterans for their service and sacrifice. In                 Museum staff at 613-
addition, we have been to 20 Nepean Senior’s                          723-7936.
Retirement Homes to ensure the participation of
those men and women who reside there who are

                                                 Donated to the Nepean Museum by
      Apple Blossom                              quilter Sue Elder, a long time member of
                                                 the Quilter’s Guild, this Queen sized
       Quilt Raffle                              double appliqué quilt has a value of
                                                 $1,365.00. Tickets are available at the
                                                 Nepean Museum for only $2.00 each. The
                                                 draw will be held on December 31, 2008,
                                                 and would make for a lovely New Year’s


Rare Animation                                   Nepean Museum is playing host to
                                                 “HOW A CARTOON IS MADE”. This
Collections at the                               colourful exhibition shows the many
                                                 production steps involved in making a
Nepean Museum                                    classical cartoon film. Original
                                                 character designs, animation
We’re proud to share with you the                drawings, backgrounds, storyboards
first of several special displays during         and other production steps are
this, our 25th anniversary season. This          currently on view. A special station
exhibition is in partnership with                designed for the kids permits them an
Disada Productions, a local animation            opportunity to try their hand at
                         company now             tracing cartoons on a commercial light
                         in its third            table.
                         decade. Disada
                         was a pioneer           Disada produced Canada’s first
                         in Canada’s             newspaper comic strip to be a daily
                         animation               black and white and a color weekend
                         industry. Their         feature. The characters, Winnie Witch
                         former clients          and the Giant Potato will be familiar to
                         include Sesame          readers of the now defunct Ottawa
                         Street, Yoplait,        Daily newspaper, “Ottawa Today.”
                         Ford Canada
two original DISADA      and even
characters much          Polydor records
beloved by kids in the
1970's an 1980's were    On view until
"Winnie Witch and the    June 20th of this
Giant Potato.            year, The

                                                 The conveners for the exhibition are
                                                 Peter Adamakos, the founder of
                                                 Disada Productions and Brittany
                                                 Miller, a recent graduate from the
                                                 Advertising Program of Algonquin
                                                 College’s Faculty of Arts, Media and
                                                 Design program.

Also on view for your enjoyment are                                            Museum
classic Hollywood Cartoons, showing                                            is open
vintage artwork, merchandising and                                             Monday to
publicity of famous characters from                                            10am to
Disney, Warner Bros and other                                                  5pm.
                                                Front cover of original 1931
studios.                                                                       Weekends
                                                edition of "Mickey Mouse       1pm to
There are rare animation-related                Adventures" Walt Disney        4pm.
                                                Publications. Rare, DISADA     Holidays
items for sale, including original                                             10am to
production cells and drawings and               Collection.                    5pm.
other popular original movie posters,        Admission is free. Please visit our
buttons, books, figurines and more.          website to see other exciting projects
                                             planned for the 2008 season.

“Sneak Peek” of the Gus Wersch
Police Collection
Currently on View.
When retired Nepean Police Chief E.
Gus Wersch attended a special event at
the Nepean Museum held on May 27th
of last year in celebration of the life
and career of D. Aubrey Moodie, long
considered to be the “father” of
Nepean, he was moved by the event to
realize that the Nepean Museum would            What makes this collection special and
prove to be the logical repository of his       even more rare, is that it contains
personal Police archives and collection         many original and ONLY surviving
of Nepean Police memorabilia.                   examples of the rank and career of a
                                                Police Chief for a popular municipality
                                                which, due to amalgamation, no longer
                                                exists. In the last several months of

2007 and into the deep snows of the           titled “Behind The Badge” the working
winter of early 2008, Gus Wersch              title of Mr. Wersch’s autobiography.
penned a 200+ page autobiography
that chronicles his career beginning as       The Nepean Museum is always seeking
a young Ontario Provincial Police             to enrich its historical collection with
Constable until his retirement as             objects, items, artifacts and documents
Nepean’s Chief of Police in 1988.             relevant to Nepean’s unique history.
                                              We were after all, the birthplace of
The Trustees and Staff of the Nepean          Ottawa, our Nation’s Capital. If we can
Museum are deeply indebted to Gus             be of assistance to you in learning
Wersch for taking hundreds of hours of        more about objects in your family’s
his retirement to document the objects        possession, by all means, please feel
and items now in our care. It is his          free to contact Museum Curator Dan
wish and ours, that we share them with        Hoffman at (613) 723-7936. This is
you, dear Visitor. This sneak peek of a       YOUR Nepean Museum, how may we
larger and more thematically developed        help you?
display planned for mid 2008 has been

“Vintage” Nepean                               Ideal for your Nepean-based business,
                                               a former resident of our fair City or a
Bell Pennant.                                  good luck charm for sports teams
                                               from Nepean, this felt white on green
                                               pennant embraces the official colours
                                               and Bell emblem of Nepean. Made IN
                                               NEPEAN by the SAM Group on
                                               Colonnade Road.
                                               Price each $7.50.
                                               Measures (tassel end to tip) 20” long
                                               by 7” height. Show your love for our
                                               former City while supporting the
                                               historic Nepean Museum during our
                                               25th Anniversary season. Order
                                               yours today at Nepean Museum
 Limited Edition Collectible                   (613) 723-7936.
       now available!

Ottawa Senators                                Director of Communications &
                                               Community Relations with the Ottawa
Foundation                                     Senators Foundation. One of the
                                               Foundation’s principal interests is
At the Nepean Museum’s Annual
                                               Roger’s House, the caring and support
General Meeting held on Wednesday,
                                               residence for children. Ms. Robinson’s
May 21st of this year, we were
                                               presentation was very moving and
privileged to host Danielle Robinson,

highlighted very well the good work
done by the Senator’s Foundation.
Here, Ms. Robinson receives a
bouquet in appreciation for her time
with the Nepean Museum from
Curator Dan Hoffman.


"Nepean's                    nature of these items and their historic link to
                             Nepean, we will endeavour to do great honour to the
Historical                   fallen soldiers. Joshua and John Walker were from
                             City View - one of Nepean's recognized neigbourhood
Peerage"                     communities. Joshua, was felled by a German sniper
                             on May 28th, 1915 at Ypres, while his brother, John
arrives                      was felled on October 8, 1916. Both of the brother's
safely at the                names are inscribed on the War Memorial at Vimy
                                                              and are
Nepean                                                        remembered there
                                                              in perpetuity by the
Museum.                                                       Commonwealth War
                                                              Graves Commission.
The Nepean Museum is                                          The Nepean
grateful to the relatives                                     Museum will be
of Joshua and John                                            working with our
Walker for recently                                           colleagues at the
entrusting us with the              Joshua left, John right
                                                              War Museum in the
care of their family's                                        months ahead to do
                             justice to these two young men from City View. Their
First World War              medals and death plaques will soon be mounted with
Medals, purchased on         the care and dignity they deserve for display.
the auction site eBay.
Due to the important


                                 The Members list
                                            Lifetime Members
                                                 Bill Beaton
                                                Dr. Ruth Bell
                                                Sue Ellwood
                                               Hope Finestone
                                                 Lois Long
                                          Returning Members
         Lois Abbott                              Betty Hasler                               Jean Painter
      Mary Armstrong                         Ray Haythornthwaite                         Jeremy & Jane Palin
       William Birrell                          Margaret Holton                              Donna Pascal
       Chris Bisaillion                       A. Edwin Honeywell                          Katherine Pattillo
      Emily Bracewell                            Allan Johnston                             Doris Paynter
  Marg & George Burbidge                            Joan Kidd                                  Mary Pitt
      Judith Burrows                            Gavin Leishman                              Helen Reavely
      Greta Cumming                          Stephanie Leishman                               Chuck Ross
     Dolores Dufresne                             Dennis Lloyd                          Graydon & Catharine
    Frank & May Dyson                                Al Loney                                  Sangster
 East Nepean Little League                    Margaret Macaulay                           Mary & Phil Snider
     Daphne Edmunds                             Wilfred McBain                        Dave & Joyce Stevenson
         Diane Elder                             Helen McEwan                           Isobel & Tom Strath
        Bruce Elliott                           Dorothy Milliken                       Sylvia Summers-Martyn
        Don Ellwood                        John & Eileen Monaghan                           Dorothy Taylor
          Eric Field                           Martin Montague                        Major (Ret’d) Roy Thomas
      Hank Finestone                            Norma Morrison                               Sandy Vanier
        Breeda Foley                         Mary Kathryn Mowat                            Taylor Vergette
         John Frost                           Debbie Mulholland                              Vina Waddell
        Ron Gardner                             Audrey Nowack                               Mabel Wardle
         Des Garvey                            Dorothy Olmstead                            Hertha Weigert
  Andrew & Avril Gemmell                         Yvonne O’Neill                               Bob Wilson
       Linda Gillespie                    Doug & Catherine Osborne
                                              New Members
    Michael Bellefeuille                          Harold True                               William MacKay
         Eric Chor                               Jacki Hopper                              Gordon Johnston
      George Craine                              Kevin Murray                              Maureen MacDonald
   Councillor Alex Cullen                        Frank Pineau                                 John Wilson
       George Eaton                           Michael& Inga Siple                            Gerald Neveu
       Ronald Elmer                               U. Schwarz                               Jean-Paul St. Aubin
       Marcus Frazer                             Peter Thomas                               Shirley G. Adams
     Joseph Lemarbre                             Jessica Wells
  Rosine & Paul Weisbrod                         Gerald Nevev

We gratefully acknowledge the funding from the following:
                         | Canadian Museums Associations / Associations Des Musées Canadiens |
              | The Ontario Trillium Foundation | The Government of Ontario | The Ontario Ministry of Culture |
                                                    | The City of Ottawa |
       | Human Resources and Social Development Canada / Ressources humanines et Développement social Canada |