Hastings Historical Society President Richard Hughes attended a prize ceremony on June 11 during a Belleville council meeting for students who participated in the Mayor's Hunt for History, a joint project between the City of Belleville and HHS. As part of Belleville's 200th birthday celebrations, students were encouraged to visit plaques located around downtown, read them and learn about events in our local history. Grade 5-8 students from Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, Albert College, Belleville Christian School and Sir James Whitney participated in the adventure.

(Mayor Taso Christopher on the left, HHS President Richard Hughes on the right)

“One of the goals of the Hastings County Historical Society has always been to bring the colourful history of our city to our younger citizens,” Mr. Hughes told the council. "We believe strongly that a knowledge of the people and events that made our city what it is today leads to a greater appreciation of our hometown and to that feeling of civic pride." Students were asked to answer questions in a passport designed specifically for the hunt. Completed passports were entered into a draw for prizes, including a tour of the base at 8 Wing Trenton, Belleville Senators merchandise and more.