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Archive for May, 2010

Pam Noxon and Larry McQuoid opening the Archives

Today saw the official opening of the Prince Edward County Archives in Wellington. After many years of being looked after by the Prince Edward Historical Society, the Archives are now part of the County of Prince Edward Library and Archives. Mayor Leo Finnegan presented long-standing Historical Society members Pam Noxon and Larry McQuoid with Certificates of Recognition for their role in caring for the collections this afternoon and several other volunteers were thanked by Krista Richardson, the Archives Manager.

The Archives are now safely housed in climate-controlled conditions at the rear of the Wellington Public Library. Krista announced that a digitization program is now under way to make many of the Archives’ images available over the Internet through the ‘OurOntario‘ service.

The ceremony concluded with an interesting talk on the dairies of Wellington by Phil Ainsworth. All on a perfect summer day, which made these old advertisements for Quinte Ice Cream quite tempting. Slickers, anyone?

Quinte Ice Cream

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Man of action

Doug Knutson

The life of Captain John Walden Meyers was certainly eventful. He tried to kidnap General Philip Schuyler during the American Revolution, but came away from the house carrying only silverware (some of which is still rumoured to be in the Belleville area). Legend has it that Meyers was taken to a cave full of silver at what is now Bon Echo Provincial Park by two natives, who later thought better of showing it to him and threw him into the cold waters of Lake Mazinaw.

Last night Doug Knutson (dressed in a re-creation of the uniform of a captain in the King’s Loyal Rangers) showed extracts from his film ‘Damned Rascal’, exploring the life of Meyers, the man responsible for the founding of the settlement Meyers’ Creek, now the City of Belleville. This documentary has been over 20 years in the making: a true labour of love.

You can see an extract from ‘Damned Rascal’ on Doug’s YouTube channel. Doug is looking for sponsorship for the documentary so that he can share Meyers’ fascinating story with a wider audience. More information about Doug’s work is available from the Windswept Productions website.

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Damned Rascal (again!)

Join us at the Wellington Library on May 27th for the rescheduled presentation of the documentary Damned Rascal by the video producer Doug Knutson of Windswept Productions. Damned Rascal tells the intriguing story of Captain John Walden Meyers, the founder of Belleville: a Loyalist, traitor, spy and adventurer.

The documentary is narrated by Roy Bonisteel, host of CBC’s Man Alive series and native of Ameliasburg.

This event takes place at 7.30pm on Thursday, May 27th at the Wellington Public Library. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome!

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