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New location: floors going in

Concrete being pumped through the third-floor window of Belleville Public Library

This morning the progress on the Community Archives’ new home in Belleville Public Library became visible from the outside of the building, as concrete for the new floors was poured through the third-floor window of what will become one of three archive storage vaults.

Below is a view taken from the second floor of the library last month, looking up towards that same window. Here the new floor of the third-floor vault was still under construction. The larger of the two second-floor vaults can be seen on the left.

Interior of Belleville Public Library, showing new third floor for archives vault

It’s exciting to see the new space coming into shape. We’ll keep you updated on the project’s progress here and hope to welcome you into our new location in 2016!

By | September 9th, 2015|Buildings, Move to Belleville Public Library|0 Comments

100 Years Ago

From the Newspaper Published in Belleville, Ontario

 

This is a series of articles transcribed from the Intelligencer newspapers during the war years 1914-1918. Canada was brought into the First World War on August 4, 1914, when Britain declared war on Germany.

Archives Volunteer Laurel Bishop has researched the Intelligencer newspapers (published in Belleville, Ontario) to find reports about local men and women who served in the war and evidence of how the war affected life on the home front.

Excerpts from the newspapers will appear on the Archives web site exactly 100 years after the day they were published in the newspaper. Complete copies of all articles can be viewed at the Archives. Note that most of the images with the articles are from other collections at the Archives – they were not printed in the newspaper but are included here to illustrate the people or places under discussion.

By | August 6th, 2014|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

The Hotel Quinte

In her glory days she was Belleville’s grandest hotel – host to prime ministers, foreign dignitaries, and famous people.   She remained a stately downtown presence until destroyed by fire on the night of December 20, 2012.

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The main event at the Community Archives during January 2013 has been to research the long history of the Hotel Quinte and create a public exhibit featuring some of the archival materials.  Thanks to the hard work and long hours of the dedicated volunteers,  nine panels were finished in time for the show at the Quinte Mall this past week, co-hosted with the Hastings County Historical Society.  Many thanks also to the hundreds of visitors who stopped by to look at the exhibit and share their memories.

There has been a hotel at the northeast corner of Bridge and Pinnacle Streets in Belleville since 1847, except during the periods after four disastrous fires.  The Dafoe House opened as a first class hotel in 1847, burned down in 1855, was rebuilt, and burned again on October 4, 1886.  The land was then sold to Henry Corby, who opened the Hotel Quinte on February 28, 1895.  This hotel burned down on January 5, 1907.  It “rose phoenix-like” again, larger and “more magnificent than ever” (according to newspapers of the day) and reopened on February 27, 1908.  Nearly 105 years later, the hotel lies in ruins and rubble once more, awaiting the next incarnation.

The archives holds many photographs, postcards, newspaper articles, programs, and dinner menus that illustrate the different buildings (inside and out) and the grandeur of the Hotel Quinte through through its long life.

By | January 27th, 2013|Buildings|0 Comments