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New City Hall galleries explore Kingston's histories

In addition to being a municipal centre, City Hall is also a National Historic Site – and one that now has a number of new exhibits that explore aspects of Kingston’s histories. Consider touring City Hall’s new galleries to mark the 150th year of Canadian Confederation. They include:

  • City Hall GalleriesThe First Peoples Recognition Statement in the foyer of City Hall recognizes that “history” in Kingston predates colonization.  The statement is read at public meetings as a reminder for all “… to honour and celebrate these traditional lands as a gathering place…” and that “…we share this space now and walk side-by-side into the future.”
  • The new Sir John A. Macdonald Gallery (first floor) features Sir John A. Macdonald’s Kingston offering visitors an opportunity to delve into Sir John A.’s local connections. Artefacts and ephemera help illustrate the man’s continuing influence and the on-going debate around his legacy.
  • The new John Counter Gallery (first floor) showcases Governing Kingston, a historical take on civic government as central to the administration and wellbeing of Kingston. The 1840s table used for council meetings is a feature of the display.
  • City Hall’s new Market Wing Gallery (basement level) features Meet Your Neighbour – showcasing the diversity of the Kingston community, the global origins of its residents and the many talents they have to share. Meet your Neighbour highlights the work of Kingston photographer Claire Bouvier.  The City and Kingston Immigration Partnership are collaborating to present this sesquicentennial project.
  • City Hall’s ‘Niche Gallery’ found throughout the building features Chained to Serve: The Mayors of Kingston, a sesquicentennial exhibit complementing the City’s amazing collection of recently reorganized historic mayors’ portraits. All of the artifacts on display are drawn from the civic collection – the historic chains of office once worn by the mayors of Kingston, Pittsburgh Township and Kingston Township are highlights.