01 July 2013

Celebrating Canada Day in Belleville

The 2013 Canada Day exhibit the Society and Community Archives presented at the Tom Gavey Pavilion in Zwick's Park was a brilliant success.

The nineteen volunteers worked really hard. They handed out 393 “Find the Picture” quiz forms and gave out approximately 500 prizes!

Although we do not have an exact count of the number of visitors to our exhibit, we estimate there were approximately 800 people who came through—that's about 1 in 8 of those attending the event.

We made a number of changes in 2013, dropping the treasure hunt and introducing two new puzzles/games.  The “Find the Picture” quiz was very popular and appealed to all ages, from the very young who had to have the questions read to them to “old- timers” who were part of some of the events on the poster boards.  And the quiz wasn't easy; we had forty display boards containing around 150 images.

It was great to see visitors (especially younger people) reading the stories on the poster boards and discussing them with our volunteers, with their friends and other visitors.  

In addition to the forty posters and the map puzzles, we had a display of local history books, a video display of the Hotel Quinte booklet and a display of 2012 activities and upcoming 2013 events.

Our thanks, not only to those who staffed the exhibit, but to the Belleville Canada Day Committee and to all those volunteers who worked so hard in the weeks before to put all the pieces together!

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