Collecting Histories

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The official opening of the exhibition Collecting Histories at the PumpHouse has been delayed by the current COVID-19 pandemic. This exhibition explores the City of Kingston Civic Collection’s special role in engaging and inspiring us through the history of our own community. Since the PumpHouse cannot open to the public right now, we’d like to share some of the collections and messages from the exhibition with you online. At the same time, we’d like to have a conversation with residents about their own objects and stories that they would like to share with the community as we practice physical distancing.


The official opening of the exhibition Collecting Histories at the PumpHouse has been delayed by the current COVID-19 pandemic. This exhibition explores the City of Kingston Civic Collection’s special role in engaging and inspiring us through the history of our own community. Since the PumpHouse cannot open to the public right now, we’d like to share some of the collections and messages from the exhibition with you online. At the same time, we’d like to have a conversation with residents about their own objects and stories that they would like to share with the community as we practice physical distancing.

Join our community conversation that explores the artifacts that we have in our Civic Collection, the collections of residents who would like to share, and how we can and will remember this unique period in Kingston’s history.

Share your stories and images with us to be considered for future museum exhibits and/or cultural programming to highlight the community’s pandemic experience.

For more details on this project, see the PumpHouse’s website.