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11   Happy birthday, John, eh? Sir John A. Macdonald's 200th birthday
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18 19 20  7:30PM Sir John A. Macdonald Presentation
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Historical Society Presentations

 Sir John Was A Hit!
The presentation of Sir John A. Macdonald and Lady Agnes at Maranatha on January 20 was a huge success. The Society enjoyed an audience of over 225, more than twice the number it has attracted in living memory. Massive advance media exposure on CJBQ and in The Intelligencer promoted the event. The natural curiosity surrounding the celebration of Sir John A.'s 200th birthday also brought out many people who are not traditional supporters of the Historical Society. Our inaugural use of Maranatha's excellent facilities proved beyond doubt our wisdom in seeking a new home. Sir John A. and Lady Agnes were portrayed by Brian and Renee Porter of Brockville. Mr. Porter presented an excellent address as Sir John, then stepped out of the role to provide some remarks on the character of our country's first prime minister. Full report HERE
 maranatha crowdsir john

Next Presentation: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
amy cowie
Amy Cowie, research assistant for the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, will discuss the history and heritage of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.  Join us at 7.30 PM at Maranatha, 100 College Street West, Belleville.

List of 2015 Presentations HERE

Please note: all presentations by the Hastings County Historical Society will be held at Maranatha on College Street, usually on the third Tuesday of the month. We are no longer meeting at the Quinte Living Centre.

 2014 Annual Report Available HERE

 Historical Society Walks with Jane

The Hastings County Historical Society has joined Jane's Walk Belleville as both a supporter and participant. The Society will organize a walk studying the various forms of church architecture exhibited along Church Street in Belleville. The tour, on the weekend of May 2 and 3, will visit four churches on Church Street (St. Michael's, St. Andrew's, St. Thomas and Bridge Street United plus Victoria Avenue Baptist). The Society will also help defray expenses of Jane's Walk Belleville with a monetary donation of $100. The intent is to have an expert on church architecture talk about features on the outside of the churches, and a representative from each church meet the walkers to briefly outline the history of the building.

The Best of Boyce

Gerald E. Boyce, better known as Gerry, has been writing books, pamphlets and various columns for over half a century. Selections of his works have been published in The Best of Boyce by Paul Kirby of Kirby Books, Bancroft. Among Gerry's best known works are Historic Hastings, Hutton of Hastings and Belleville: A Popular History. Gerry could also write another book called Boyce: A Popular Speaker, for he estimates he has appeared at more than 400 speaking engagements in the Quinte area. Gerry was one of the founding members of the Hastings County Historical Society in 1957 and has been its president three times around. For years he has served as historical consultant to the Society. The photo below shows Gerry, on right, with Paul Kirby at the book launch in the lobby of the Belleville Public Library on December 6, 2014. The book is available for $19.95 through the HCHS on-line bookstore on this site or through www.kirbybooks.ca

boyce ook launch







 Placing a Wreath

John Lowry, a director of the Hastings County Historical Society, placed a wreath on behalf of the Society at the Belleville Cenotaph during the annual Remembrance Day service. As was the case everywhere else in Canada, the crowd in Belleville was larger than usual.

John Lowry at Cenotaphy














New Plans for Community Archives
archives plans
Architect Ray Zaback explains the finer points of the new plan for the Community Archives in the Belleville Library Building while Mark Fluhrer, director of recreation, culture and community services, plays the role of an easel to hold up the drawing.
Details Here

Susanna Moodie Returns to Belleville Harbour

The Hastings County Historical Society, the City of Belleville and Campbell Monuments co-operated to restore an old Susanna Moodie cemetery monument and place it on Freestone Point by the marina in Belleville Harbour. On the windy morning of October 9, an unveiling ceremony involving HCHS President Richard Hughes, Belleville Mayor Neil Ellis and Campbell Monuments representative Gary Foster brought the spirit of Susanna back to the bay. The marble monument is part of the original marker on the grave of Susanna Moodie and her husband John Dunbar Moodie in Belleville Cemetery. It was replaced in 2001.


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