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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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A Brief History of the Belleville Fire Department

A Brief History of the Belleville Fire Department The Belleville Fire Department has a long and rich tradition of service to our community since the beginning of the 19th century. In the very early years of settlement the citizens of Meyers Creek formed and maintained a volunteer fire brigade which consisted mostly of elected members.  Their only equipment was a leather fire bucket. Each member was issued two of them.  After a name change from Meyers Creek to Belleville, and following incorporation as a village in 1836, hand powered pumping engines were purchased. In 1860 the hand pumps were replaced by two Merryweather twin cylinder steam engines from England at the cost of $5,000. The stea
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Staff Artifact Pick: Senator Corby’s Chair

Staff Artifact Pick: Senator Corby’s Chair Join Fleming College Museum Management and Curatorship Intern, Shannon, as she shares her staff pick: Senator Henry Corby Jr’s chair.     Henry “Harry” Corby Jr. (1851-1917) was an Ontario businessman and political figure.  He represented Hastings West as a Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1888 to 1901.       Born in Belleville, Corby was the son of Henry Corby, a prominent local businessman and owner of a distillery in Belleville.     In 1881, he took over the family distillery, which later became known as Corby Distilleries. He was appointed to the Senate of Canada
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