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Kingston’s Old French Village: Scandal or Sensationalism? (11/13/2018) - The post-Mike-Harris municipality of Kingston is an amalgamation of various formerly independent towns and villages — Portsmouth, Barriefield, and Glenburnie among them. It also includes many neighbourhoods named by developers: Bayridge, Strathcona Park, Polson Park, and so on. Among this second group, though mostly forgotten, is Picardville. It was named after Jean Baptiste des Trois Maisons, dit Picard, who in 1810 bought a small piece of land from Molly Brant’s daughter Magdalene Ferguson with the intention to subdivide it into Read More
 


 

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People meeting people: Facing the Street, June 2018

People meeting people: Facing the Street, June 2018

The photo exhibit Facing the Street, featured on the streets of the Swamp Ward and in the Elm Cafe for...
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What Photographs Say

What Photographs Say

Take a look at this photograph. What do you see? When Chris Miner — my co-curator for the Facing the...
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Mary Tutak Boswick, a Polish Kingstonian

Mary Tutak Boswick, a Polish Kingstonian

SWIHHP is delighted to have a guest blog post this month from Joan McCulloch, telling the story of her grandmother's...
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Real Fathers, Real Sons

Real Fathers, Real Sons

Fernando Monte and Bill Cassidy both live on Raglan Road. Both were raised Catholic, found fulfillment in the arts —...
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Bootlegging in the Swamp Ward

Bootlegging in the Swamp Ward

When I first started interviewing people in the Swamp Ward, I was a bit perplexed by all the bootlegging I...
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The Art of Transcribing

The Art of Transcribing

Ella Mackay Singh worked with SWIHHP this summer on a fellowship through Queen's. She did some fascinating thinking about what...
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Episode Six: The Sixties Come to Kingston

Episode Six: The Sixties Come to Kingston

Our sixth podcast starts with an account of an explosive City Council meeting on August 31, 1970. Even the Whig-Standard stood...
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What’s in a Name? Episode One of Stories of the Swamp Ward

What’s in a Name? Episode One of Stories of the Swamp Ward

You might be here because you already heard this podcast episode, but if not, here it is! I'm not sure...
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Ka’tarohkwi: The Original Swamp Ward?

Ka’tarohkwi: The Original Swamp Ward?

You've all seen this word around a lot, right? There's the creek, the river, the conservation area, the dental clinic,...
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A Sandwich Fit for a King

A Sandwich Fit for a King

"My dad always had a joke, or a smile on his face waiting for somebody to make a joke," Rosalyn...
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