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First Capital Day celebrations set for June 14 in Confederation Park

June 14, 2013 -

On June 15, 1841, Kingston was named the first capital of a united Canada.  On June 14, , Kingston's school children and city residents are invited to celebrate its unique role in history as the 'First Capital' of United Canada with FREE 1841-era activities scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Confederation Park. School groups should see the3 First Capital Day listing for June 14 at www.CityofKingston.ca/events for details on how to book certain activities as indicated.

First Capital Day Activities

Confederation Park (directly across from City Hall at 216 Ontario St.)

  • 9:45 a.m.: Official First Nations welcome beginning with Town Crier Chris Whyman, and featuring First Nations Elder Bernard Nelson and the High Rock Singers Drum Group Ka
  • Every hour on the half-hour (until 1:30 p.m.): Sutler Cyrus Wakefield. Sutler Cyrus will perform an old time medicine show, complete with monkey, music, magic, wit and wisdom.
  • 12 p.m.: Dr. Phineus Parkhurst Quimby performs Miracularum Medicosity (otherwise known as magic) on the Confederation Park stage. Dr. Quimby will also do some walk-around magic throughout the day.

Ongoing demonstrations and displays (available from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), including:

  • Interactive Displays and demonstrations by the Pump House Steam Museum, MacLachlan Woodworking Museum, Museum of Health Care,  Bellevue House National Historic Site and the Kingston Area Museums organizations
  • Rope Maker, Don Green
  • Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners Guild
  • Fort Henry Guard will put students through their paces in a military muster
  • Fort Wellington Guard Encampment
  • Historic Costume Display with members of the Historic Costume Club of Kingston
  • Great Lakes Sutlery (sutlers were merchants who set up near soldiers' camps)
  • Blacksmith and Farrier demonstrations
  • Public Wagon Rides - one wagon will be available for the general public leaving from in front of the Visitor Welcome Centre at  9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,  1:30 p.m.,   2 p.m. (no rides over the lunch hour)  

Note: In addition to tours of City Hall, a number of other historically-relevant local museums and tour companies are also offering tours that may be of interest to First Capital Day celebrants, including: the Museum of Health Care (in the historic Ann Baillie Building), the Murney Tower National Historic Site, Penitentiary Museum, Bellevue House (once home to Sir John A. Macdonald), and St. Georges Cathedral.

To accommodate the large numbers of school children and school buses, Ontario Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Plan to get there by bus: www.CityofKingston.ca/tripplanner

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.