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Hastings County Historical Society launches new Memories program
The Hastings County Historical Society is excited to announce a new Memories program that invites residents to share stories and memories of older times within the county. Residents of Hastings County are encouraged to share life experiences or events from the past to capture memories of the county and turn them into short stories to share memories of past decades with future generations. As part of the Hastings County Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to gather, preserve and share local history, the Memories program encourages residents to send in 250–400-word short stories of recollections and memories to the Society. Hastings County Historical Society director Jim Kennelly explained that while the organization has been affected by COVID-19, it has not been idle. “While activities such as our Public Presentations, Historic Bus Tour and Annual Banquet have been cancelled for the year, the Society has been very busy with new programs,” said Kennelly. “One of those being this project to gather the colourful stories of life as it was some years ago.” Continuing throughout the year of 2021, memories can be submitted by mail or email to 254 Pinnacle St., Belleville, ON, K8N 3B1 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The stories will be kept for the benefit of future generations in the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County and a selection of them will be published in the Society’s newsletter, Outlook, for members and friends across the region to enjoy. “We are living in such a fast-changing world and many of the younger people today have no idea what life was like even back in, say, the 1950s,” said Kennelly. “It is so important to have the older generations share their knowledge of our history before this treasure chest of information is lost forever.” Residents looking for further information are encouraged to contact Dan Atkinson at email@example.com.
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