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Friday, May 28, 2010

Experience Living History In Kingston's Historic City Hall

Volunteer tour guides are busy sharing the exciting history of the
Limestone City with visitors and residents alike. Filled with
educational treasures and artifacts, City Hall guides offer an
uplifting and informative tour, building historical awareness and civic pride.

This very popular program features approximately 30 dedicated
volunteers who share the incredible history of the City of Kingston,
the artifacts within City Hall, and the personalities of the past and
present who make up Canada's First Capital.

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.

The guides will be available for tours in English every weekday until
September 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11
a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. In July and August, guides will be on hand
from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. School tours and tours in French are
available by appointment and must be booked in advance by calling
613-546-4291 ext. 1520.

A French and English flyer outlining the artifacts of Sir John A.
Macdonald, Canada's first Prime Minister, is now available at City
Hall reception. 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 self-guided tour
flyer is available if visitors arrive outside the regular guided tour hours.

New volunteer guides are always welcome and are encouraged to contact
us to find out more information at 613-546-4291 ext. 1520 or

Visit <> 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.

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