|A hungry crowd|
Weeks of work by Archive Angels researchers and our intrepid tech team yielded an entertaining lineup of anecdotes from Hastings County's history. The furious behind the scenes activity involved finding stories in the collection, locating visuals to go with them, meeting with the technical folks and planning brief presentations. A common concern: "How do I fit this story into 4 minutes!?"
From 1812 platoon exercises to a young woman's horseback mission to meet the U.S. President s to the heart-warming story of Harry the fire-horse, the citizens of Hastings County were entertained and edified through the magic of Power-point and a good sound system. The thirteen volunteers who presented used archival photos and scanned documents from the Archives' extensive collection - from artists' sketches, to nineteenth century newspaper advertisements, to directories, newspaper collections and family fonds, to cross-written letters, to Billy Bishop's aerial photography, to illustrate their chosen bits of local history.
The stories were short and sweet. This was partly to do with the fact that the Quinte Living Centre doesn't allow sleep-overs (we couldn't talk as long as our subjects warranted) and partly because we want to make sure folks left with plans to visit us at the Community Archives in the Heritage Centre - we wanted them to leave the feast still a little bit hungry for more stories from the Archives.
This is the complete story line-up from the April 17, 2012 Historical Society event 'Stories from the Archives':
- Sharon White - introduction
- Al Cleary - Belleville Fire Department and Harry the horse
- Elizabeth Mitchell - Hastings County Directories
- Lois Foster - The Antheneum
- George Pearce - J.B.Collip, unsung hero
- Annis Ross - Terry Forin collection
- Gerry Boyce - Hutton of Hastings, the story of the book
- Diane Sule - Gwen Lazier, in her own words
- Adele Dibben - Aerial photographs
- Jeanne Delaney - Intelligencer time capsules
- Mary Jane Throop - Billa Flint, entrepreneur
- Lindi Pierce - War of 1812 in Hastings County
- Kieran Delaney - Scanning and digitization
- Bill Kennedy - Outlook newsletter production