Quilt Documentation Project – We Need Your Antique Quilts!

Thank you to the Richmond’s 200th Anniversary Committee and Richmond Area Quilter’s Guild for their sponsorship of this project.


Oh, The Tales They Can Tell…. Stories of Richmond quilts and those who made them

The stories of our quilts tell the history of the community. As part of Richmond’s 200 year celebrations we are inviting residents who own quilts made before 1970 to bring them on Friday April 20th 2018 (also Saturday if there is a need) to St Andrews Church Hall, 3529 McBean St, Richmond to have the quilt stories documented to record some of the history of our early residents and their families.

Using a series of questions, the owner will be asked to tell the “story” of their quilt, as much as they know of the person who made it, why and when it was made, the family history of the quilt maker, the family occupation etc. If you have photos relating to the quilt and maker, they would be a great addition to the story.   A photograph will be taken of the quilt. Bethany Garner is a member of the Eastern Ontario Documentation Project (EOQDP) and will be on hand to examine the fabric and design of the quilt from which the approximate age and name of the quilt pattern can be determined.  These quilt stories trace the history of the community and the fascinating glimpses into the past that they provide are lost if they are not documented and kept within the community.  It is important to preserve the historical distinctiveness of our rural community as it rapidly grows and is absorbed into the mega city of Ottawa so that the history and uniqueness of our rural area is not lost.  There are several community organisations whose members have old quilts in their possession, it is important to preserve their stories.

Documentation projects are conducted in many areas of Ontario, and in other countries, in particular the United States and Great Britain.  Documentation of quilts traces the history of the community’s earliest settlers and their occupations, they document local events or tragedies where people came together and shared the warmth of a quilt, for example Red Cross quilts sent to Manitoba during droughts in the 1900’s and more recently many quilts sent to victims of floods and forest fires, Fort McMurray, Calgary, Hay River etc.  Our Richmond quilt stories will become part of the Eastern Ontario Documentation Project, started in 2005 and to date has documented over 460 quilts.

We are interested in all quilts, no matter how worn and loved, but especially those that may have been made in Richmond in the early days of settlement, brought here from other areas or quilts made by community groups for special events or gifts.

If you have a quilt or several in your family cupboards, please contact me with your email address and I will send a form to complete and bring with your quilt on April 20th.  The form will be mailed if you do not have email. You will be given a time to come

St. Andrew’s Hall with your quilt so that you have less waiting (the process will take about 20-30 mins). A volunteer will go over the form with you to add any other information, a photograph will be taken of the quilt and a label sewn to the back to register it as part of the EOQDP.

There is a fee of $5 per quilt, $15 for 4 quilts from same family payable on the 20th April.

Please keep a copy of your form for your records and you are welcome to take your own photos of the quilt.

All the information we collect will be registered with the EOQDP, shared with Richmond Area Quilters Guild and Goulbourn Township Historical Society.

On Wednesday April 18th there will be a presentation by Bethany Garner to the Richmond Guild about quilt documentation. 7 pm, Richmond Legion Hall, 6430, Ottawa St. There is a $5 fee for non-members. 

On Thursday April 19th there will be a workshop session to tell more about the history of quilts and documentation, persons wishing to volunteer on documentation day should attend and others interested are welcome. There is no charge and the event will be in the Richmond Library basement room from 10am to 4pm. RSVP if you are interested in attending this session.

To register your quilt(s) with this project please email or phone for the documentation forms,

I am looking forward to seeing your quilts!

Alison Tranter  – 613 838 5347 –  ptranter@sympatico.ca

Margaritaville Recap & Photo Album

The recent Margaritaville Dance fundraiser was another huge success enjoyed by over two hundred anniversary celebrating patrons. They all danced, imbibed, taco munched and limbo-ed their happy way to raising over $4000. toward the ultimate goal of $150,000. 

All funds raised will be used for this year’s celebration events and activities scheduled for the June 15-17 weekend at the Richmond fair grounds.

The Richmond 200th Organizing Committee thanks all the beautiful volunteers, City of Ottawa arena staff, major sponsors, advertisers and dance attendees for their participation and support.

More photos here.


2018 Celebration Merchandise For Sale

Richmond’s 200th Organizing Committee thanks the community for their ongoing support and wishes to remind everyone a wide selection of inventory remains available on line or at the store. Support your community for Richmond’s 200th Anniversary!

On-line: https://squareup.com/store/Richmonds200thAnniversary

Store: 3441 McBean St., RichmondMonday to Friday 9-4pm, 613-838-4859

Jennifer Cook of Royal Lepage Team Realty proudly displaying Anniversary merchandise.

GTHS/Ottawa Public Library Celebrate Richmond’s 200th

The Goulbourn Township Historical Society (GTHS) is delighted to join with the community of Richmond to celebrate its 200th anniversary this year with a selection of historical photographs from the GTHS  Archival collection.

We have selected several historical images (see below) from our extensive photo collection for this presentation. As well we are featuring a few items of merchandise for this year’s anniversary.

Thanks to the Ottawa Public Library, the pictures and merchandise are on display in the ArtsSpace of the Stittsville Branch during the month of February 2018.

Richmond 200th Anniversary Merchandise on Display

Family Fun Day Skate Wrap Up & Photo Album

Thanks to everyone who attended the Family Fun Day Skate on February 3–we hope you all had a fun time!

Two hours of free family skating including a BBQ was enjoyed by more than 150 participants.

Congratulations to Brooke Whaley winner of Ottawa Senators tickets.

A special thank you to all the participants, our sponsors and the many volunteers including the BBQ master chef David Proulx.

Brooke Whaley, winner of Ottawa Senators Tickets

Scotiabank Supports Richmond’s 200th Anniversary

Duane Morris, Richmond Branch Manager, is proudly handing over a $5000 sponsorship contribution to Tino Bevacqua member of the 200th Organizing Committee. Duane and his staff volunteered to sell 50 tickets for the recently held New Year’s Eve Gala. With Scotiabank’s assistance the event was not only sold out but it was a rousing success in kicking off 2018.

The Organizing Committee thanks Duane and his staff for their support and generous sponsorship.

Duane Morris (left), Richmond Branch Manager; Tino Bevacqua, Richmond’s 200th Anniversary Committee