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After careful consideration, the executive of the historical society has decided, regrettably, to postpone November’s ‘Two Days About Yesterday’ event until next spring.

A number of factors led to our decision, including cancellations by some previously committed exhibitors.

We will publish the revised date and location when they are set.

Sir John A. Macdonald statue in PictonPicton’s Canada Day celebrations included the official installation of a new piece of public art in front of the Armoury building on Main Street: a bronze statue of John A. Macdonald as he might have appeared when he was a young lawyer, practising in the town.

The statue is the work of Ruth Abernethy and represents the successful completion of the five-year Macdonald project, chaired by David Warrick.

Hundreds of people attended the event, which included an additional unveiling of a bronze bust of Macdonald which was donated to the Museums of Prince Edward County. Nancy Woods and Steve Ferguson accepted the bust from David Warrick on behalf of the Museums and the Prince Edward Historical Society.Unveiling of John A. Macdonald bust

Other speakers at the event included Justice Robert Sharpe of the Ontario Court of Appeal and Janet E. Minor, Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Justice Sharpe spoke about Macdonald’s contribution to Canada’s constitution, while acknowledging his failings in relation to Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Treasurer Minor highlighted Macdonald’s progressive views on votes for women and noted that in every year since 2000, more women than men have been called to the bar in Ontario.

Congratulations to the sculptor, the project team, and the organizers of today’s event.

Quinte boy

The Annual General Meeting of the Prince Edward Historical Society will be held on Sunday, May 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Wellington Library, 261 Main Street, Wellington, Ontario.

A proposed slate of officers for the Society will be presented by the Executive and nominations from the floor will be accepted.

Current location of the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County

Current location of the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County in Cannifton

Our guest speaker will be Sharon White, MISt, Archivist for the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County, who will be telling us about the plans for the move of the archives to a new location in Belleville Public Library.

Light refreshments will be served.

All welcome: we hope to see you there!

Camp Picton tours

DSC07747Last year’s tours of the former aviation training base at Camp Picton were so popular that the Historical Society ran them again in July 2014.

Thanks to all who came and enjoyed the tours!

The Annual Camp PictonGeneral Meeting of the Prince Edward Historical Society will be held on Sunday, April 27th at 2:00 p.m. at the Wellington Library, 261 Main Street, Wellington, Ontario.

A proposed slate of officers for the Society will be presented by the Executive and nominations from the floor will be accepted.

Our guest speaker will be Ian S. Robertson, author of Camp Picton: Wartime to Peacetime, a highly detailed account of the ever-changing face of the former military camp

Ian will be brining an exhibit of materials relating to the camp and copies of his book will be available for purchase.

Light refreshments will be served.

All welcome: we hope to see you there!

Buildings at Camp Picton

View of Camp Picton by Tammy Hoy on Flickr

The Prince Edward Historical Society has arranged for two tours of the former World War Two training base at Camp Picton on Sunday, September 15, and Friday, September 27. If you have been curious about the rich history of this unique facility you will not want to miss this unique opportunity.

The tours are now fully booked. Thanks for all the support!

John McKenty's book, Canada Cycle & Motor, the CCM Story

John McKenty’s book, Canada Cycle & Motor, the CCM Story

The Annual General Meeting of the Prince Edward Historical Society will be held on Sunday, April 28th at 2:00 p.m. at the Wellington Library, 261 Main Street, Wellington, Ontario.

A proposed slate of officers for the Society will be presented by the Executive and nominations from the floor will be accepted.

Our guest speaker will be John McKenty, author of Canada Cycle & Motor: The CCM Story

With bikes in summer and skates in winter, CCM was the quintessential Canadian company. This presentation explores the history of the firm and its role in Canada’s cultural heritage. Copies of the book will be available for sale at $20.

Light refreshments will be served.

All welcome: we hope to see you there!

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