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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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Historic Fires in Belleville

Significant Fires in Belleville’s History Loyalty, Tradition and Progress is a new exhibit developed by Glanmore National Historic Site in partnership with Belleville Fire and Rescue.  To celebrate the exhibit’s grand opening, on September 17, 2016, significant fires in Belleville’s history have been highlighted on Glanmore’s social media accounts throughout September.  Here is a recap of the fire stories we told: The Day Fire Hall No. 1 Burned – June 19, 1907 A significant fire at Fire Hall No. 1, located on Front Street near Dundas St. took place on the afternoon of June 19, 1907. The fire started with hay in the Queen’s Hotel stables and spread quickly
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Inside Firefighting Bunker Gear: Glanmore’s Mythbusting Edition!

Inside Firefighting Bunker Gear: Glanmore’s Mythbusting Edition Watch as Glanmore staff Dave and Nicholas put firefighting gear to the test to see what sort of abuse it can withstand. To learn more about bunker gear worn by firefighters, as well as the history of firefighting in Belleville visit “Loyalty, Tradition & Progress” a special exhibit on display at the Belleville Fire Headquaters Station, 60 Bettes Street Belleville, beginning September 17, 2016.
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Artifact Pick: Mousetrap

Artifact Pick:  Mousetrap Watch Education and marketing coordinator, Melissa, as she shows her staff pick: a handmade mousetrap. This wood and wire mousetrap was made by Andrew Heller.  He came from Germany to live in the Quinte region as a young man in the early to mid 1800s. The mousetrap is hand-carved with three traps that are triggered by wires. It is interesting to think that in the past people faced some of the same household problems we have today.  A mousetrap such as this was probably quite effective in dealing with mice in the home. Heller must have been proud of his handiwork because he carved his initials “A. H.” and the year “1859” onto the back of the m
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