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One Step Closer

signing archives agreement

These sombre gentlemen representing the Hastings County Historical Society signed a tripartite agreement to create a new community archives at precisely 10:34:29 a.m. on March 23, 2015, according to the clock on the wall. Past-president Orland French, left,  and President Richard Hughes wielded the pen. The City of Belleville has called for tenders for the construction of a new community archives within the current library building. Tenders are due March 25, 2015.

Details Here

 


Historical Society Presentations


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Colourful History of Tyendinaga Township
Speaker: Jim Kennelly
Come and hear the amazing stories of the settlement and development of Tyendinaga Township through the arrival of the earliest settlers, development of the school system, the road network, early politics, tales of daily pioneer and social life and so much more. Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 7:30 pm, Maranatha at 100 College Street West, Belleville.

PHOTO: Pony truss bridges in Lonsdale, Tyendinaga Township, by Orland French

Lonsdale Bridge

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.

 


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.


Jane Goes To Church (Jane's Walk 2015)

The Jane's Walk organizers have come up with three tantalizing titles for their annual Jane's Walks on the weekend of May 2-3. First Jane Rides on the Wild Side (a bicycle tour) and Jane Sows Some Seeds (garden plots) on Saturday, May 2. After her excesses, Jane will feel a little repentant. On Sunday the tour is titled Jane Goes to Church. Sponsored and organized by the Hastings County Historical Society, the walk will study various forms of church architecture exhibited along Church Street in Belleville. The tour starts at St. Michael's at 1 p.m. and will visit five churches: four on Church Street (St. Michael's, St. Andrew's, St. Thomas and Bridge Street United) plus Victoria Avenue Baptist on Pinnacle Street. The Society will also help defray expenses of Jane's Walk Belleville with a monetary donation of $100. Tom Plue, of SkyHigh Restorations of Colborne, will provide expert commentary on church architecture. SkyHigh restored the steeple on St. Andrew's in 2014. The tour includes briefs visits inside each church and a representative from each congregation will meet the walkers to briefly outline the history of the building. Details HERE

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. 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.

MORE PICTURES HERE


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