The corporate motto for the City of Kingston is ‘where history and innovation thrive.’ The motto also forms the basis for this website, with the objective to assemble historical content of interest and relevance to the Kingston community and present it in ways that are both engaging and accessible.

It also provides is a way to collect and compile a diverse range of facts, photos and stories to illustrate and illuminate different aspects of local history. It is meant to be dynamic and adaptable and provide access to content online that may be difficult to access otherwise. 

The website is also meant to foster conversation and, in its first iteration, has provided a way to highlight the life and legacy of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.

In 2016, the conversation continues with the addition of First Capital material covering 1838-1851, a time full of historic highs and lows for Kingston. Many of our nation’s first steps towards Confederation took place in Kingston during it’s time as the capital of the Province of Canada.

The City of Kingston would like to acknowledge the generous contribution from the Department of Canadian Heritage in support of the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commemoration.