You will hear a lot about all three when you attend the Society’s Annual Banquet and Celebration of History on Saturday, November 2nd at the Ramada Hotel on BayBridge Rd. (formerly the Travelodge Hotel).

No one is better prepared to speak on the relationship between the Government and the Press than Robert Lewis, former Editor-in-Chief of Macleans Magazine and a long-time member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Over the years he has seen it all—from petulance and name-calling to stone-walling, on the part of all parties. He is ready to give you his observations and insights into how the government of the day works with (and against) the press corps, and who really wields the power in our government.  In this age of “fake news” and unsubstantiated sources on the internet, it is increasingly important for us to be able to trust our news sources to tell the truth to the public.  With his lengthy background in media coverage of government, he is eminently qualified to provide a a very interesting talk on this vital topic.  Mr. Lewis is also likely to have copies of his recent book, Power, Prime Ministers and the Pressfor sale that evening.

Your delicious three course meal will include a salad and dessert and your choice of either AAA striploin beef or salmon with a butter/dill sauce as your entree,---- all for just $65 per person.  The Social Hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner to be served at 7:00.

New this year----The HCHS banquet will be held in the recently renovated main floor rather than the upstairs meeting rooms, making it easier for all to access.  Instead of than having our displays in a separate small room and being crushed in the upstairs lobby during the social hour, all the evening’s activities will be held in the same large main floor dining room. 

This is the big event of the year for the Society, and usually sells out quickly.  Tickets may be purchased either at the Archives or Pinnacle Music in downtown Belleville, Bruinix Jewellers in Trenton, or by calling Richard Hughes (613-961-7772), Orland French (613-969-8354) or Mary-Lynne Morgan (613-961-7091).

Since this is also the major fund-raiser for the Society, we are always looking for individuals or businesses to become Table Sponsors.  For just $250 you or your business will be highlighted at each table, and your business card will be featured in at least one Outlook throughout the coming year.  If you think you might want to support the Hastings County Historical Society, the largest and most active historical society in Ontario, just give Richard Hughes a call at 613-961-7772..  He will be happy to explain more of the benefits of being a Sponsor for the Society.