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What is happening at Glanmore this July!

The City of Belleville’s Glanmore National Historic Site has lots of fun for families on tap this summer! Back by popular demand are the Summer Fun at the Museum afternoons where you can bring the family to explore the historic house and join our demonstrators for some old fashioned summertime fun. Regular museum admission applies; children must be accompanied by an adult. The following Summer Fun activities are offered in July: Wednesday, July 11, 2108 – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Play outdoor garden games such as croquet, hoops, graces & stilt-walking! Wednesday, July 25 – 2:00 to 4:00 pm – Make and taste delicious ice cream using our old-fashioned churn! cream using
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Step Aboard the Shorelines Shuttle

Step Aboard the Shorelines Shuttle Discover a new way to see the best of Belleville aboard the City of Belleville’s new Shorelines Shuttle. You can hop-on-hop-off during the approximately 50 minute round trip tour.  The tour takes you along Belleville’s beautiful waterfront, throughout East Hill, uptown and ends downtown, stopping at some of Belleville’s most popular places to visit, dine, shop and enjoy, including Glanmore National Historic Site, Meyer’s Pier, and the Shorelines Casino! Throughout your ride you can  learn about the history of Belleville’s beautiful East Hill, heritage homes and buildings throughout the City, the 25 great ‘Belleville Bucket List’ experiences for you to
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Pride Photo Collage

Discover the Artifacts in our Pride Photo Collage Belleville is celebrating Pride Week June 4-9!  The festivities culminate with a Pride in the Park Celebration on Saturday, June 9. In honour of Pride Week, and June as Pride Month, Glanmore National Historic Site has released a photo collage of artifacts from the museum collection to recreate the colours of the Pride flag.   Here is some information about each of the artifacts featured: Red: Parasol – A sun umbrella used by Mrs. Della Prentice and her daughter Myrtle Prentice Wannamaker, circa 1900. (Regional Collection Kiddie Car – A small child’s Kiddie-Car which was purchased in 1944. (Regional Collection)  Flag 
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Glanmore Goes for the Gold in the Museum Dance Off – Vote on May 14

Glanmore Goes for the Gold in the Museum Dance Off On May 14, Vote for Glanmore! The staff and volunteers at Glanmore National Historic Site showed off their funky side in the Canadian finals of the Museum Dance Off Competition last month. They have successfully defended their title as National Champion for the second time, winning with 49% of all online votes in the Canadian finals held on April 17. The Museum Dance Off, hosted by the blog site When You Work At A Museum, was started in 2014 to show that “…museums aren’t dusty, dingy hallways full of creaky old nerds in orthopedic shoes and bowties. They are vibrant, lively places full of talented, creative people who love what they do.” For
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Sir Mackenzie Bowell

Sir Mackenzie Bowell was Canada’s fifth Prime Minister, after being in politics for 25 years. Before winning a seat in the House of Commons, Mackenzie Bowell was a printer’s apprentice. Born in 1823, his family emigrated from England to Canada when he was a boy, and settled in Belleville. Soon after, he became an apprentice at The Intelligencer newspaper. In 1847, he became one of the papers partners and in 1850 he became the editor and would eventually own the paper. Later in his life, Mackenzie Bowell moved into politics, where he became a member of the Dominion Government under Sir John A. Macdonald. He served as a member of the House of Commons from 1867 to 1892, before becoming a Senato
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