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Ontario Heritage Trust To Unveil New Memorial Plaque

Jack Laviolette is going to be recognized by the Ontario Heritage Trust with a commemorative plaque.  The plaque will be unveiled at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre on Thursday, June 23 at 11a.m.




Donna Fano, editor of The Outlook, has created a framed collection of memorabilia from Hotel Quinte. The items were collected from the site on Pinnacle Street after the hotel burned in December 2012. Pieces of glass and porcelain sparkle above a teapot, a chunk of brick and a nail protruding from a piece of charred lumber. Richard Hughes, president of the Hastings County Historical Society, and Orland French, past-president, are examining the artifacts. Photo by Bill Kennedy.

Hotel Quinte artifacts























THE NEW COMMUNITY ARCHIVES OF BELLEVILLE AND HASTINGS COUNTY opened with fanfare and ribbon cutting on April 7. Located in downtown Belleville at 254 Pinnacle Street (the library building), the state-of-the-art research and archival storage facility adds another positive cultural activity in the heart of the capital of Hastings! The public area has been named the Gerry Boyce Reading Room, in honour of a grand old gentleman known as Mr. History, who kept the first files of the archives in a linen closet 60 years ago. Gerry Boyce, author, historian and repository of many of Belleville's best-kept historical sagas, shows off the reading room sign with archivist Amanda Hill.

The Community Archives is a joint project involving the City of Belleville, County of Hastings and the Hastings County Historical Society. The archives moved from the old Thurlow Township hall.  Drop in anytime to see your new archives.





John Boyko, historian and author, will discuss his new book Cold Fire – Kennedy's Northern Front – about JFK and the U.S. president's influence on Canadian foreign affairs. The author speculates: Did Kennedy bully Canada, help overthrow its government, and force the country to greater independence and national pride?

Tuesday, May 17, at Maranatha, 100 College Street West. 7:30 pm. Everyone welcome.











Mary-Lynne Morgan, right, presents flowers to the new Community Archivist for Belleville and Hastings County, Amanda Hill. Amanda has been working hard with a team of volunteers to transfer boxes and boxes of files from the old Heritage Centre to the new archives in the library building on Pinnacle Street. The flowers brightened her day.

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Tales from the Hastings Woods ....

Exploring Centre Hastings, Ontario

Tales from the Hastings Woods - Exploring Centre Hastings

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Still undecided?  Better not wait too long!  The May trip is sold out; only a few tickets left for our June trip!  

You won’t want to miss Bill Hunt regaling you with all the wacky and wonderful tales from pioneer life in the thriving villages of 19th and early 20th century Centre Hastings!  He’s been collecting these tales for decades and can’t wait to share them with you!  High school history was never this much fun!

As we explore the colourful secrets of communities such as Thomasburg, Tweed, Actinolite, Queensboro, Madoc, Eldorado, Bannockburn, Malone and Deloro, you’ll learn Tweed’s connection to some of the most famous legal cases in Canadian history and  its connection to the very top Canadian military brass!   You’ll hear how a national theatre company settled in a marble church, and why Madoc has only one bank - TD, although it has some curious banking stories in its history.  You’ll also learn the good, bad and ugly stories of the famed communities of Eldorado and  Deloro – many handed down from those who were there in its heyday.   You’ll hear tales of characters such as Cariboo Cameron, and all about what Charles Kelly threw down an old mine-shaft and why!

Your $70 ticket includes a comfortable touring coach ride, lots of fun, loads of new information and a delicious lunch. 

To place your reservation, call Mary-Lynne Morgan, 613-961-7091.





Information last updated:

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Hastings County Historical Society

Belleville, Ontario, Canada

Serving the townships, municipalities, and villages of Bancroft, Bangor, Belleville, Carlow, Cashel, Deseronto, Dungannon, Elzevir, Faraday, Frankford, Grimsthorpe, Herschel, Hungerford, Huntingdon, Lake, Limerick, Madoc, Marmora, Mayo, McClure, Monteagle, Murray, Quinte West, Rawdon, Sidney, Stirling, Thurlow, Trenton, Tudor, Tweed, Tyendinaga, Wicklow, and Wollaston, Ontario.


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