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Coming Presentations

 Tuesday, January 20, 2015 7:30 P.M.

Presentation At Maranatha, 100 College Street West

Re-enactors Brian and Renee Porter of Brockville will be appear in costume as Sir John A. and Lady Macdonald to mark the 200th anniversary of Macdonald's birth.

Happy birthday, Sir John, eh!

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

We're Moving!

As of January 2015, presentations and meetings of the Hastings County Historical Society will be held at Maranatha Centre at 100 College Street West in Belleville. After years of using and enjoying the auditorium at the Quinte Living Centre on Front Street, the Society requires a larger facility. Our presentations are so popular we have simply outgrown it. The Maranatha location offers built-in sound and video systems, comfortable seating for 120-plus people, raised dais for speakers and loads of parking at the door. Yes, there will be coffee. The change of venue was announced by President Richard Hughes at this week's presentation at the QLC. The first presentation, on January 20, 2015, will feature Sir John A. Macdonald and his wife Agnes (re-enacted) to celebrate the 200th birthday of Canada's first prime minister.

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.
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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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