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null New History and Innovation website offers look at Sir John A.’s and Kingston story

November 9, 2015 –

Launched today, the City of Kingston's new History and Innovation website, historyandinnovation.ca, takes its name from the City's motto: where history and innovation thrive. The site leverages the Sir John A. Bicentennial as a way to engage local residents and the broader online community in this year's commemorations and Kingston's history.

"As we head towards the end of 2015 we are really excited to be launching this new resource for the community which provides a way to collect and compile a diverse range of facts, photos and stories to illustrate and illuminate different aspects of local history. It is meant to be dynamic and adaptable and provide access to content online that may be difficult to access otherwise. The website is also meant to foster conversation and, in its first iteration, has provided a way to highlight the life and legacy of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald," says Colin Wiginton, director of cultural services.

The website architecture was developed as a way to explore the life and legacy of Sir John A. through themes, maps, images and stories which examine the full range of Sir John A.'s life and legacy on both the national and local scale. Sir John A.'s professional life as a lawyer and business man along with his political career, from Kingston city council alderman to Canada's first prime minister, are examined along with his relationship with First Peoples, the creation of the transcontinental railway, and Confederation. The stories also offer insight into Sir John A.'s personal life – including his relationships with peers, his wives and children and the rest of the Macdonald family – and a look at the realities of life in his times in our country and our city.

Fully bilingual and accessible using desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones, the website is designed to function as a database that includes text, images, artifacts and maps to tell the story of Sir John A. Macdonald using themes. This website also functions as a legacy project as its design can be used over time to explore other topics that help tell the Kingston story.

Financial support from the Government of Canada was instrumental in the creation of historyandinnovation.ca

For more about City of Kingston Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial events, programs and projects: www.CityofKingston.ca/SirJohnA

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 Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300

 

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