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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...

Front page of the North Hastings Review of 5 March 1908.

Madoc stories now online

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2023 08:30 AM

The Community Archives recently partnered with the Board of the Madoc Public Library to digitize the microfilm of more than two thousand issues of the Madoc Mercury and the