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null Pump House Steam Museum opens for its 41st season

April 7, 2014 -

The Pump House Steam Museum is now open for the season. Located on the Lake Ontario Shore at 23 Ontario Street, the first of three new exhibits this year is now open to the public.

Shoreline Shuffle Revisited is an exhibition as part of the 2013 Shoreline Shuffle. Last June, hundreds of people walked, paddled and cycled 7.7km along Kingston's downtown shoreline to raise awareness about the need for better public access and waterfront planning in our city.  There was also an outdoor art exhibit called ‘Dear Kingston' where 16 ‘word art' installations were placed along the route.

In this exhibition, guest curators Su Sheedy and Wayne Hiebert showcase the photographs and videos which were taken that day. "16 local professional photographers and 4 videographers had generously agreed to document the Shoreline Shuffle event last year, in return I had promised them a space to exhibit," says Su Sheedy. "We were very happy when the Pump House accepted our proposal because not only is the exhibition space technically up to date and gorgeous, but the Pump House itself played a key role in Kingston's waterfront history. Revisiting the photos and videos of that day, helps to extend the public conversation and engage people further in the long term waterfront planning discussion….plus the photos are so very artistic and wonderful!"

A number of special events as part of the Shoreline Shuffle Revisited include:

  • April 16, 7pm: Animating Public Space Through Art. This talk and discussion with local artists will feature Clarke Mackey, an award winning filmmaker, Teacher of Film and Media at Queens University and author of  ‘Random Acts of Kindness', and Annalee Adair, Manager of Community Engagement and Education at City of Kingston.
  • April 19, 2pm: My Shoreline program for children, in partnership with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library.

The Pump House Steam Museum is located in one of Canada's oldest original water works – where steam-powered pumps provided the first running water to Kingston residents from 1850. Only six similar preserved water pumping plants remain in North America.

The museum's most incredible artefact is the museum itself – where the original pumps are animated and visitors can discover exactly how they worked. Guided or self-guided tours show how steam power was an essential element of the industrial development of Canada and pumped water played a key role in Kingston's history.

Find out more about the Pump House Steam Museum at steammuseum.ca.

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For media requests please contact Julie Fossitt, Marketing Manager, at 613-546-4291 ext. 1143 or jfossitt@cityofkingston.ca

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