The 2013 HISTORY MOMENTS series - the fifth series produced by History Lives Here Inc. - profiles ten more short stories drawn from the rich past of the Quinte area.
History Moments 2013
The 2013 History Moments series was launched November 21, 2013 at The Empire Theatre in Belleville. This year's series celebrated ten more remarkable stories of the people, industries, and events which have shaped the history of the Quinte area.
"Each year," says series' producer Peter Lockyer, " our team takes an exciting journey into the past. I am always astonished by the people and stories we uncover. I'm also inspired by these personalities from the past -their imagination, perseverance, and achievements within the great challenges of the times in which they lived. They did the improbable. I think we should do the improbable more often."
The 2013 series tells the story of medical researcher Dr. James Collip of Belleville, Canada's fifth Prime Minister Sir Mackenzie Bowell, and the early history of Belleville's historic downtown including the story of the Belleville Club, one of the city's most prestigious clubs. Other features included the history of the maple syrup industry in the area, an industry that was a matter of survival in the first years of Loyalist settlement., and the movie industry in Trenton, the centre of the Canadian film industry from 1917 - 1934. The stories of American pioneer settler Asa Weller of Carrying Place, teacher Marilyn Adams who founded the Marilyn Adams Genealogical Research Centre in Ameliasburgh, the five Stark Sisters of Bloomfield who left a legacy fund to promote projects in their community, and a profile of artist Captain John Pepper Downes of Picton and his sketches of early scenes of life in Prince Edward County in the 1840s, were also included in the 2013 series.
DVD copies of the series are available from Books and Company in Picton, the Black River Cheese Company in Milford, The Regent Theatre, County Treasures in Bloomfield, Side Street Gallery in Wellington, Campbell's Orchards in Rednersville, the Belleville Club, the Archives of Belleville and Hastings County in Cannifton, and the Belleville Downtown Improvement Association.
Dr. James Collip
Medical researcher Dr. James Bertram Collip grew up in Belleville. He was extraordinarily gifted student with an aptitude for science, and he soon became part of a Canadian research team that would make medical history. Collip was an integral part of the Banting and Best insulin team at the University of Toronto and his pioneering work was critical to their discovery announced in 1923.