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Celebrate Heritage Week at the grand opening of the Heritage Resource Centre

February 11, 2016 -

The public is invited to celebrate Heritage Week at the grand opening of the Heritage Resource Centre on Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. in the Market Wing of City Hall.

"Kingston's rich history is reflected in our many heritage buildings," says Mayor Bryan Paterson. "The Heritage Resource Centre is a one-stop-shop for the resources and information needed to support residents who are interested in preserving historic properties in our community."

The Heritage Resource Centre is designed to highlight the importance of Kingston's heritage properties by educating the public on their features and historical significance. It is also intended to support property owners and other residents interested in preserving heritage properties. The centre also celebrates Kingston's rich and diverse cultural heritage through information displays and exhibits starting with artifacts excavated around City Hall and Springer Market Square.

"The official opening of the Heritage Resource Centre is especially exciting because it builds on a long history of heritage preservation in Kingston," adds Paige Agnew, director of planning, building & licensing. "The City of Kingston is pleased to make the Heritage Resource Centre available to the community and to visitors and to support opportunities like this to celebrate or local history and heritage that spans many, many centuries, even millennia as people will discover."

At the Heritage Resource Centre, visitors will

  • Learn about cultural and built heritage conservation best practices
  • Obtain information about Heritage Act requirements  and approvals, and
  • Learn about Kingston history through its built form, archaeological resources, artifacts and stories

In collaboration with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, the City has improved the heritage section of the website to include better access to information and an online database of our resource collection.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Richelle Morgan at 613-546-4291, ext. 1229 or the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.