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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.

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Historical Society Presentations

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Stories from the Archives. Archive Volunteers will share interesting stories they have found during their work at the Community Archives, illustrated with pictures and documents from the archival collections.  Join us at 7.30 PM at Maranatha, 100 College Street West, Belleville.  (Please use rear parking lot and back entrance and go to Meeting Room). Bring a friend

The former Hotel Quinte before the recent one destroyed by fire.

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.


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