Bookshelf Two  

Books and other publications published before 2000

available for purchase through the Historical Society

Please note prices are in Canadian dollars.








Alice the Endearing Deaf Dog

By Donna J. Fano. This is the first book to cover the history of Alice, who was a deaf dog given in 1972 by Farley and Claire Mowat to the Ontario School for the Deaf (now the Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf) located in Belleville, Ontario. She lived with the students in the residences and understood sign language. She was an amazing pet to all the students for seven years, until her accidental death in 1979. Alice's legacy continues with this collection of stories, photos, and letters, including those sent by the Mowats. 

Price $12

Belleville City Hall

By Gerry Boyce. 96 pp. ISBN 0-921341-24-5 Mika Publishing Co. Story of Belleville's famous city hall, with coloured photos by noted architectural photographer. Very limited supply. 1998

Price $15

 A Decade of Sundays







A Decade of Sundays – Quinte Walking Tours (Volume 1)

Published by the Quinte Region Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Inc.  The book provides glimpses of historical homes stretching from Colborne and Brighton in the west, to Odessa and Yarker in the east, north to Madoc and Bancroft and south into Prince Edward County.  213 pages. 1994

Price $10

 The Book of Cries







The Book of Cries

By Bruce Bedell, long time town crier for the City of Belleville and others.  This book sets out a lengthy list of cries for every occasion: cries for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, toasts, introductions, conventions, reunions, holidays and much more.  Besides being a valuable tool for those in the trade, it presents entertaining reading for all. 1994

Price $15

The Rebels of Hastings

By Betsy Boyce. 233 pages. ISBN 0-8020-5986-4.  Published by University of Toronto Press, this book tells the fascinating story of the rebellion of 1837-1838 in Hastings County, with an examination of the subsequent Rebellion losses. 1992

Price $10

Joe Alcorn's Boy







Joe Alcorn’s Boy – Reminiscences of turn of the century life at Coe Hill and Carrying Place

By William D. Hanthorn. In Joe Alcorn’s Boy Hanthorn continues the story of growing up in North Hastings in the early part of the 20thcentury, and the family’s new life in the southern part of Hastings County at Carrying Place. 137 pages. 1981

Price $18

The Covered Bridge at Trenton

By Gerald E. Boyce. 16 p., illus., map. ISBN 0-921385-04-8 The building of Trenton's first bridge, which lasted from 1834 to 1916. 1980

Price $2

Hutton of Hastings 






Hutton of Hastings – The life and letters of William Hutton, 1801-1861

By Gerald E. Boyce.  William Hutton was a well-educated Irish farmer who came to Upper Canada (Ontario) in 1834 to seek a new home for his wife Fanny and their young family. For almost 30 years he wrote to his mother and other kin in Ireland. His early letters recorded his first impressions of New York State and Upper Canada and explained his decision to settle in Sydney Township, near Belleville in Hastings County.  258 pages. 1972

Price $10

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Prices and information last updated: November 2019