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Experience living history in Kingston’s historic City Hall
May 7, 2014 -
Free tours begin May 12 and continue through October 10, 2014
Volunteer tour guides are busy getting ready to share the exciting history of the Limestone City with visitors and residents alike. Complimentary tours of City Hall will begin Monday May 12, 2014 and continue through Friday October 10, 2014.
The guides will be available for tours in English every weekday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday tours begin May 24 through August 23 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday tours begin July 6 and continue through August 24 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. for self-guided tours only. School tours and tours in French are available by appointment and must be booked in advance by calling 613-546-4291 ext. 1520.
Kingston's City Hall is a National Historic site filled with educational treasures and artifacts. City Hall guides offer an uplifting and informative tour, building historical awareness and civic pride. This very popular program features approximately 30 dedicated volunteers who share the incredible history of the City of Kingston, including the stories behind the artifacts within City Hall, and the personalities of the past and present who make up Canada's First Capital.
Come see the beautiful stained-glass windows of Memorial Hall depicting the many battles of the First World War. Art lovers will enjoy the "Historically Significant Canadians" artwork collection. Step back in time and experience the former jail cells in the basement and stop by "Royal Way," a tribute to the monarchy.
A French and English flyer outlining the City's collection of the artifacts of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first Prime Minister, is now available at City Hall reception. Visitors can view a rare collection of paintings, photographs and sculptures found throughout the building, as well as Sir John A.'s original writing desk. Also, a new self-guided tour flyer is available if visitors arrive outside the regular guided tour hours.
Visit www.cityofkingston.ca/cityhalltours for more information on City Hall Tours, a link to a virtual tour of the Windows of Memorial Hall, and links to book special tours.
Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.
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