Take a look at...

Click for Next Month
May 2015
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20  7:30PM Presentation
21 22 23  8:30AM Sir John A. Macdonald Bus Tour
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Tyendinaga Trio

Tyendinaga presentation at historical societyThese three prominent Tyendinagians celebrated a successful presentation to the Hastings County Historical Society on May 19. Reeve Rick Phillips, left, and local historian Jim Kennelly, right, embrace former reeve Margaret Walsh. Kennelly's presentation attracted an audience that filled the auditorium at Maranatha. About 165 people, a majority from Tyendinaga Township, jammed the room to explore the history of their rural municipality.

Photo by Orland French


Historical Society Presentations

Next: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Former  teacher Donna Fano will speak on the History of Sir James Whitney School on the occasion of its 145th anniversary in 2015. Originally known as the Ontario Institution for the Education and Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb, it was the first school of this kind in Ontario. 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

List of 2015 Presentations HERE

Please note: all presentations by the Hastings County Historical Society are held at Maranatha on College Street, on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Coffee and refreshments are available; a book shop of new and used history books is also open to visitors and members. All presentations are open to the public. There is no entry charge but there is an opportunity for making donations.


PayPal Is Here!

Now you can:

•buy a book

•renew your membership

•make a contribution to the Society

through PayPal! Details on appropriate pages.

Annual Bus Tour – In Search of Sir John A.

Sorry! BOTH TOURS SOLD OUT! Try again next year.

Billa Flint – King of Hastings County

A new book on the man with much influence on the growth of early Hastings County is coming out on June 14 in a book launch at the Tweed Heritage Centre, 1-3 p.m. Armand P. La Barge has prepared a new publication on Billa Flint, industrialist, merchant, lumber baron and member of the first Canadian Senate. More details HERE. Order it through this website by using PayPal.


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. 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 (click HERE) or through www.kirbybooks.ca

boyce ook launch










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.


Important Notice

Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was this website. Please bear with us as we upgrade, improve, renew and expand our presence on the Web. We expect to make frequent revisions and additions, giving you good reason to come back to visit us again and again. Will the site ever be finished? Probably not, but that's a good sign. As long as our Historical Society is vibrant and growing, we will have more to report. – The Webmaster


Our Sponsors
Recent News
A Bridge of Remembrance
Const. Thomas Kehoe of Bancroft may soon be honoured with a bridge named after him, 86 years after he was killed while on duty. He was run down by a ...Full Story
Sunday, April 12
Old Ormsby Heritage Church
If you're looking for a church service with a difference, consider these three at The Old Ormsby Heritage Church, in the little community of ...Full Story
Sunday, April 12
Tall Pointy Tower Wins Big!
Congratulations to the City of Belleville for receiving the Ontario Architectural Association's Landmark Designation Award. The award recognizes ...Full Story
Saturday, March 28