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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 whil
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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 th
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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 th
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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.    
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Staff Pick: Fire Fighter’s Helmet

Watch summer student, Nicholas, as he shows his staff pick: a fire fighter’s helmet from the late 1800s.   The helmet is made from several pieces of bronze that are riveted together.  Inside there is a leather skull cap to protect the wearer from heat damage. It is embossed with pictures of fire fighting equipment, the Maltese cross and a fire breathing dragon.  Helmets like these were worn during fires as
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Staff Pick: Cocoa Set

Join Museum Intern, Shannon, as she tells you about her favourite artifact, a Victorian Cocoa Set. Drinking chocolate, was first introduced to Western Europe by the Spainiards in the 17th Century.  Hernán Cortés, a Spanish Conquistador is credited with bringing the delicious drink to Europe after learning about it from the Aztecs in 1519. The process for making drinking chocolate involves melting ground cacao beans i
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Staff Pick: Portrait of Edmund Murney

Watch Curator, Rona, as she describes her artifact pick: an enameled daguerreotype of Edmund Murney from the Regional collection. This artifact is an enameled daguerreotype of the Honourable Edmund Murney. It is part of the Regional Collection, currently on display in the library at Glanmore.   Murney was a lawyer and the first clerk of the peace in Belleville, Ontario. He represented Hastings in the Legislative
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Staff Pick Video: Harp Lute

Watch Weekend Receptionist, Mary Jane, as she describes her artifact pick: a mid-19th century harp lute from the Couldery collection. This artifact is an ebonized harp-lute with gilt tracery in a floral decoration with 14 strings. The harp-lute is also called the dital harp. An invention of Edward Light of London in the late 18th century, the harp-lute was designed in an attempt to revive the popularity of the guitar
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Staff Pick Video: Stereographoscope

Watch Education and Marketing Coordinator, Melissa, as she describes her artifact pick: a stereographoscope from the Regional Collection. The stereographoscope was a very popular household item in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1900 it is estimated that every household would have had a stereoscope. The bottom section with two lenses is the stereoscope, used for viewing 3D images. The larger lense on the top is the g
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Staff Pick Video: Charcoal Iron

Watch as Museum Technician, Dave, talks about his pick: a late 19th century charcoal iron. This artifact is a charcoal iron from the late 19th century. The charcoal iron is a self-heating iron that allows for continuous use. Unlike the sadiron, which was heated externally on a stove and which required frequent stops to switch off bases that became too cool, the charcoal iron provided a continuous source of heat which
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