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Lantern slide of a solar eclipse over Australia in 1922, from the Province of Ontario Picture Bureau.

Through a glass, darkly

Posted on Thursday, March 07, 2024 09:50 AM

As we anticipate the arrival of the first total solar eclipse to be visible in our region in recorded memory, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at local press...

Cross-section blueprint for Belleville Collegiate Institute and Vocational School.

Educational Blueprints

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 12:03 PM

An interesting collections of items from the former Belleville Collegiate Institute and Vocational School were recently donated to the Community Archives by John Lowry. They...

Portrait of an older man, Wiliam Rayson Smith (1840-1932)

Dickleburgh to Belleville and back

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 11:25 AM

A photograph album owned by a family in England has furnished us with digital copies of a small treasure trove of photographs taken in Belleville in 1886.

The photographer was...

Bundle of handwritten papers tied with string.

A New Collection to Explore

Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 12:02 PM

Perhaps we need to get out a bit more, but there is something thrilling about opening a bundle of papers tied up with string that is probably over one hundred years old. When...

1877 plan of northwest Belleville with certain properties highlighted in red.

Widows and Old Maids

Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 02:51 PM

Voting in municipal elections had been an entirely male affair until the election of 1884, when women were granted the vote for the first time. The franchise was still quite...