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Public Tours of Historic City Hall Begin May 13

April 16, 2013 -

Kingston's City Hall Ambassadors are about to become quite busy sharing the exciting history of the Limestone City with visitors and residents alike by providing tours of Kingston's City Hall. City Hall tours begin Monday, May 13 and continue through October 4.  This popular program features approximately 30 dedicated volunteers who  offer free tours Kingston's fascinating history, the artifacts on display within City Hall, and interesting tidbits on the personalities of prominent Kingstonians both past and present.

City Hall Ambassadors will offer tours Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm.  From July 1 through August 31, Saturday and Sunday tours will be added to the tour schedule and offered from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. School tours and tours conducted in French are available by appointment and must be booked in advance by calling 613-546-4291 ext. 1520.

City Hall is filled with educational treasures and artifacts and City Hall Ambassadors offer an uplifting and informative tour while building historical awareness and civic pride. A 2012 Open Doors award-winning location, City Hall houses the largest known portrait of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first Prime Minister. The stained-glass windows of Memorial Hall depict the many battles of the First World War and art lovers will enjoy the "Historically Significant Canadians" artwork collection. Step back in time and experience the former jail cells and stop by "Royal Way," a tribute to the monarchy.

French, English, German, Mandarin and Spanish flyers outlining City Hall's artifact collection are now available at the City Hall reception desk. 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 flyer for self-guided tours is available should visitors arrive outside the regular guided tour hours.

New volunteer guides are always welcome and are encouraged to find out more information by calling 613-546-4291 ext. 1520 or contacting Elizabeth Cashman at ecashman@cityofkingston.ca.

Visit www.cityofkingston.ca/culture 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.

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.