Presentations & Speakers

 Presentations Calendar 2017


Our monthly public presentations are held at the Maranatha Church Auditorium at 100 College Street West in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. Please use the rear parking lot of the building and back entrance to access The Meeting Room. The presentations begin at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free to members of the public.  Refreshments are served along with 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. Please note that there are no meetings held during the months of June, July, August, or December.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017            Time:  7:30 p.m.

Historian and Author Jane Simpson will discuss her upcoming book Soldier, Settler, Sinner – The Remarkable Journey of Charles MacDonald. Captain Charles MacDonald was the first of the clan to settle in Point Anne.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017            Time:  7:30 p.m.

Historical Society director Bill Kennedy on the History of Canada's Red Maple Leaf Flag. The rancorous debates, the thousands of often bizarre proposals and the final coming together of the nation become the thread of Kennedy's narrative.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017            Time:  7:30 p.m.

Historical Society director Orland French on the 100th Anniversary of Canada's Bloody Coming of Age at Vimy Ridge. Hear the amazing stories around the event that moulded Canada into a nation.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017            Time:  7:30 p.m.

Archivist Amanda Hill on the 100th anniversary of the Opening of the Deseronto Air Camps and the Town's Contribution to the First World War.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017            Time:  7:30 p.m.

Historical author John Boyko on his book Blood and Daring: How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation. This will be the second engaging presentation by John Boyko.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017            Time:  7:30 p.m.

Historian and Author Steven Duff on his book Hunter of Dreams – A Story of the Underground Railroad. The subject of his book is Dr. Alexander Milton Ross, born in Belleville and a 19th century driving force for Canada in the safe passage of American black slaves.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017            Time:  7:30 p.m.

Society member and historian Mary Kavanagh presents Bancroft – Now and Then. Learn about the history of Bancroft through the years in pictures and stories.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017            Time:  7:30 p.m.

Society member and filmographer Doug Knutson and local author Peggy Dymond Leavey present The Movie Years – 100th Anniversary of Trenton’s Heyday as Hollywood North. See and hear how Trenton was once a movie capital.

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