Category: Community Outreach

Best of the Season from the Quinte Branch

All the best of this festive season from the Quinte Branch. It is a time to celebrate successes, contemplate new initiatives in the coming year, and reflect on the personal aspects of 2022, including the loss of old friends. Where possible, engage with family and friends to energize yourself for the challenges of 2023.   

“Meet and Greet” Success

The Quinte Branch of Ontario Ancestors hosted a very successful “Meet & Greet” on Saturday, December 3 at the Quinte West Public Library. Envisioned by Heather Semper as an opportunity to meet old friends and get to know the Research Library, Marketplace and website better, the “Meet & Greet” was a resounding success. Terry Buttler,

December 3: Meet & Greet

On Saturday, December 3 come by the Quinte West Public Library in Trenton between 9:30 and 12:30 pm. The Quinte Branch of Ontario Ancestors is holding a “Meet & Greet”. Head across the lobby upon entering and find us in the “multi-purpose room”. Light refreshments will be provided. Tours of the Quinte Branch Research Library

Learning to Love Lockdown with Amanda Hill

“Learning to Love Lockdown: How the Community Archives Unleashed its Collections” with Archivist, Amanda Hill. The Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County was established in 2010 and is the home for the documentary heritage of our Quinte region. In 2016 the archives were moved into a new facility in the Belleville Public Library building.

Archiving Materials Takes Preparation

Archiving donated materials can require significant preparation time before they can be displayed for public viewing. A recent donation of photographic slides created by the late Lloyd Syer (1928-2022), former Director of the Belleville Parks and Recreation Department, presents [such a challenge]. The slides arrived in September. Some were in carousels, others in plastic sleeves,

October 8: Doors Open Hastings County

20 locations across Hastings County will be opening their doors in celebration of community heritage on Saturday, October 8th as part of Doors Open Hastings County. Doors Open is designed to highlight the culturally and historically significant places and spaces within our many communities, creating access and awareness to our hidden gems of Hastings heritage

September 10: Doors Open Quinte West

The 11th annual Doors Open Quinte West returns in person this year on Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm! This event offers free access for the public to explore, discover and enjoy the history of local organizations, businesses and attractions throughout Quinte West. Residents and visitors have the opportunity to tour, explore

Old Hay Bay Church Pilgrimage Service

The Board of Trustees welcomes everyone to the Pilgrimage Service on Sunday, August 28, at 3:00 pm. Weather permitting, attendees will gather on the east lawn of the church for a traditional Methodist-style camp meeting. The speaker is Dr. Rev. William (Bill) Smith, who has made the Pilgrimage many times to this National Historic Site.

Celebration of Quinte West History

A public ceremony will be held Saturday, June 25 for the unveiling of a memorial bronze plaque to mark an important event in the history of Quinte West. This memorial plaque will highlight for Quinte West residents and visitors the world-class boat-building history of the Quinte West community.

Volunteers Make It Happen

VOLUNTEERS MAKE IT HAPPEN! While this is true of any organization where volunteers play an essential role, there are many volunteers who have “made it happen” for the Quinte Branch of Ontario Ancestors so far in 2022. These active volunteers include Terry Buttler (Past Chair), Kurt Woermke (Treasurer), Mary Shaw (Secretary), Peter Johnson UE (Cemeteries),
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