Honouring 227 Years of Education

Honouring 227 Years of Education
Posted on 01/17/2020
Kingston Secondary School, opening in the 2020-2021 school year, will be the site of a physical and digital teaching and research exhibit that provides both students and public with the history of education in Kingston.

This will be an important undertaking in the preservation, promotion, documentation and conservation of significant artifacts and archival materials, led by master teacher and KCVI librarian Joanne Whitfield. 

The collection represents the stories of thousands of students who have made KCVI and QECVI their educational home. One of the most important elements of this project is collecting the voices of alumni and former staff.  Many of these stories are already being captured on the KCVI/QECVI Legacy website. 

The depth and breadth of the KCVI/QECVI collection is significant and includes both physical objects and historical documents. The project will categorize, assess the condition of, catalogue and digitize items. 

The physical exhibit will have a technological component using QR codes to connect to the digital exhibit and virtual reality, similar in design to exhibits at the City of Kingston’s Artillery Park and Rideau Heights Community Centre and Library. 

Students play an integral part in this project, involved in the digitization of items, interviewing alumni and staff, as well as researching the collection. These opportunities will deepen and augment the entire school community of its rich educational history. Student engagement in local and social history and their school’s role in it will be fostered. Students will develop a deeper connection to their school and to Kingston. 

The artifact and document inventory has begun. The installation of the exhibit and official opening is targeted for Fall 2020.

The Limestone Learning Foundation acknowledges the generous support of the Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites and the City of Kingston for their grant award of $10,008.52 from the City of Kingston Hertiage Fund. 

Kingston Association of Museums,Art Galleries & Historic Sites
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Other contributing partners include the Limestone District School Board and KCVI Bicentennial Fund.