Presentations Calendar 2019

Our monthly public presentations are held at the Maranatha Church Auditorium at 100 College Street West in Belleville, Ontario. Please use the rear parking lot and back entrance to access the Meeting Room.

Presentations begin at 7:30 p.m. and admission is freeRefreshments are served. There is a table of new and used books and memorabilia of a historical nature available for purchase by either cash or cheque. Donations are likewise welcome! All proceeds go towards promoting and preserving the local history and heritage of Hastings County, and furthering activities in the community.

Presentations are held eight times a year on the third Tuesday of the month during the months of January, February, March, April, May, September, October and November


Tuesday, January 15, 2019            Time:  7:30 p.m.

Gary Foster on The History of Tombstones. Town by town, concession by concession, the graveyards of our region provide us with greater knowledge of our past then many would consider.   Gary will provide you with the evidence of economic ebbs and flows, changing sociocultural values, creation of our transportation system, medical history, international trade and immigration patterns. All this is available at your local cemetery.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019            Time:  7:30 p.m.

Filmmakers Laura Forth and James A. Smith share their film Lest We Forget: The Price of FreedomThe amazing story of how the little village of Deloro helped save the world from Hitler will be featured.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019            Time:  7:30 p.m.

Bill Kennedy on The Story of Algonquin ParkCovering the colourful and intriguing story of the development of one of Canada’s most beautiful  parks, you will hear the stories of the early days of Algonquin Park and the people who worked to keep it natural.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019            Time:  7:30 p.m.

J.D.M. Stewart on Canada's Prime Ministers: What They Were Really Like, a a behind-the-scenes account of Canada’s prime ministers, based on the book Being Prime Minister. From Sir John A. Macdonald to Justin Trudeau, Mr. Stewart will peel back the curtain on Canada’s leaders. The presentation will touch on everything from encounters with celebrities and attempted assassinations to life with pets and invasions of privacy.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019            Time:  7:30 p.m.

Jennifer DeBruin on Traitors, Spies and Heroes: Loyalist Espionage during the American Revolution. Hear how seemingly normal American "Agents for Secret Service" hid their lives of danger and intrigue and were handsomely rewarded by the British Crown with land in Upper and Lower Canada after the war. Many settled in this area and became founding pioneer families.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019            Time:  7:30 p.m.

Orland French takes you on a Tour of Historical Brass Plaques of Hastings County. Discover the trail of historical brass plaques across Hastings County to commemorate our long and colourful history. A new website is being introduced to inform and allow people to discover these brass gems of history.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019            Time:  7:30 p.m.

Historian and film producer Sean Scally brings a powerful new film on the great lumber barons of Trenton, Lumber Barons, the Gilmour Years. He offers a vibrant presentation on the days when lumber was king in Trenton – how the Trent River and the Gilmour Family fueled the fortunes of a few and carved out an existence for many.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019            Time:  7:30 p.m.

The Colourful and Amazing History of Deseronto. In the late 1800s the village of Deseronto was a thriving commercial hub with major business activity, busy railroads and some colourful personalities. Researcher Bobby-Jo Morris will reveal how Deseronto contributed to the economic develop of the area. 


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