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Historical Society Presentations

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Paul KirbyColonization roads were built to lure settlers into the back-breaking and morale-sapping rocky bushlands of Eastern Ontario. One of the boulevards of busted dreams was the Hastings Colonization Road which served as the spinal cord of Hastings County. Present-day Highway 62 parallels the old road.

Author Paul Kirby of Bancroft has chronicled the hardships of the colonization highways in his new book, Trail of Broken Hearts, Surveying, Building and Settling the Hastings Colonization Road. He will be exploring it on March 17 at our new presentation location in the Maranatha Centre. Join us at 7.30 PM at Maranatha, 100 College Street West, Belleville.  (Please use rear parking lot and back entrance and go to Meeting Room). Bring a friend. Coffee and cookies available after the presentation. Bring money for the book table!

Recently ... The Case of the Shrinking Territory

Amy Cowie on the History of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. Story HERE.

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 at 7:30 p.m.

Annual Bus Tour – In Search of Sir John A.

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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.


Jane's Walk 2014 in Foster Ward


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










New Plans for Community Archives

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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.
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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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