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I Want To Vote Because…

The exhibit “Nice Women Don’t Want the Vote”  examines the history of the suffragist movement in Manitoba.  In 1916 Manitoba was the first of all Canadian provinces to grant the right to vote in provincial elections to some women. Ontario followed suit and granted women the right to vote in April of 1917. It is hoped that the exhibit will inspire women, men and children to keep thinking and working for justice and freedom for all in Canadian society. Visitors to the exhibit were invited to complete the following statement: Here are some of the answers received from visitors: Perhaps these visitor comments will remind us of some of the many reasons why it is important to vot
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International Women’s Day

International Woman’s Day A Salute to Harriet Phillips! It is International Women’s Day! Today we salute Harriet Phillips, Glanmore’s 1st resident. Harriet, or Hattie as she was sometimes known, inherited the the entire city block, from Dufferin Avenue to McDonald Avenue and Bridge Street East to Dundas Street East from her Bleecker relatives. This is where she and husband J.P.C. Phillips built their home known as Glanmore. Harriet was a talented amateur artist and some of her paintings are still displayed in the historic house. She was also known known to bake her own bread to send to neighbours when they were sick. Wouldn’t it be interesting to meet and speak with h
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Staff Artifact Pick Video: 1905 Doll in BGH Nurse’s Uniform

Staff Artifact Pick: 1905 Doll in BGH Nurse’s Uniform Watch the video as Administrative and Collections Assistant Danielle highlights the fascinating story of this doll.   According to oral history the doll was given to Lena Sharpe in 1905.  Lena was a young girl undergoing cancer treatment at Belleville General Hospital.  Unfortunately, her arm had to be amputated and she was hospitalized for quite a while.  The nurses that cared for her at the hospital gifted her with this doll, dressed in an exact copy of their own nursing uniform. The doll itself dates between 1893 and 1905. It features a German bisque head with human hair and brown glass”sleep eyes” that open and
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Historic Hot Cocoa: Make it at Home!

Did you try our heritage hot chocolate mix at the cocoa and cookies event this past weekend? The creamy, sweet hot chocolate we tend to drink today is vastly different from the drinking chocolate enjoyed historically. Chocolate was a slightly spiced drink introduced to the Spanish by the Aztecs in the 1600s.  Legendary Aztec leader Montezuma II was known to drink chocolate every day in a display of strength and power. Spanish conquistadors brought cocoa beans from Latin America to Spain and introduced Europe to this chocolate drink. Originally quite bitter, the Spanish sweetened the chocolate drink and it began to spread in popularity throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Drinking cho
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Staff Artifact Pick: Body Basket

Staff Artifact Pick: Wicker Body Basket Just in time for Halloween!    Creepy or Fascinating?  You decide! Watch as Administrative and Collections Assistant Danielle tells you about her staff pick: a wicker body basket. The body basket was made at the Tickell Furniture Factory in Belleville.   George S. Tickell ran his furniture factory from 1858 to 1929.  The factory was located on Foundry Street – a street that no longer exists – in Belleville. Foundry Street was located downtown, close near the corner of Front Street and Pinnacle Street.  The approximate location of Foundry street was near the present day parking lot behind the Federal Building which is located on the Southeas
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