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Aug 27
It’s a Demo Day at the Allan Macpherson House & Park in Napanee!  On August 27th at 2pm join local author and illustrator Peggy Collins, and elementary teacher Sherri Richards and her service dog Stanley, for a preview of Peggy's latest book, which will be published by Paja
Aug 28
It’s the most wonderful time of the year... it’s almost time to go back to school! Join us on Wednesday, August 28th for “First Day Flashback” and experience the first day of school like it’s 1899! There will be lessons taught by our school marm, tasty treats, games, crafts and more.
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Aug 29
It’s a Demo Day at the Allan Macpherson House & Park in Napanee! On August 29th at 2pm join Museum staff and Ellena’s Cafe for a yearend celebration of another wonderful summer at the Macpherson House.

Twice in the last month, I’ve heard music as I approached Newlands Pavilion. Perhaps that’s not surprising given that this attractive wooden building was designed in 1896 as a music pavilion, but it’s nice to know that it is still being used for musical events and dances. It’s a very special part of Kingston’s waterfront, equally popular for selfies and weddings. With its open walls, it allows...

Twice in the last month, I’ve heard music as I approached Newlands Pavilion. Perhaps that’s not surprising given that this attractive wooden building was designed in 1896 as a music pavilion, but it’s nice to know that it is still being used for musical events and dances. It’s a very special part of Kingston’s waterfront, equally popular for selfies and weddings. With its open walls, it allows people to shelter from the sun while still enjoying the lake breezes. Only three minutes away on foot is another of Kingston’s attractions – a fascinating museum, filled with historic treasures. HC - saws Photo credit: Kingston Association of Museums You’ll arrive at the “Museum of Health Care at Kingston” by heading west along King Street for one block and then heading north on George Street for another block. The century-old building at 32 George Street, once the residence for KGH nursing students, is now a world-class museum with ten galleries dedicated to the history of health care. HC - iron lung Photo credit: The Museum of Health Care at Kingston  This museum, with an impressive collection of artifacts, had just the right amount of signage to help me understand how healthcare has evolved, to connect me with the struggles of past generations and to allow me to imagine the pride of healthcare professionals as they used what was then “state-of-the-art” technology. In the “Immunizations and Vaccines” gallery, I learned about smallpox, whooping cough, diphtheria and polio, but what really caught my attention was a large metal contraption, similar in size to a coffin. Come to the museum to see what it is. Photo credit: Kingston Association of Museums In the “Electrifying Medicine” gallery, I was able to see how a physician’s office would have looked in the 1920s. There’s also a children’s area, called “The Skin You’re In” that uses hands-on activities and art to help kids uncover the mysteries of the skin. The museum (http://www.museumofhealthcare.ca) is open during the summer from 10am to 4pm every day but Monday. Admission is by donation. Wander away from Kingston’s waterfront and discover the every-changing frontiers of healthcare.

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Kingston is Canada’s museum capital with something for everyone at over 26 museums and historic sites and 4 art galleries. It’s all here, from small specialized museums to national historic treasures including the endpoint of Canada’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site - The Rideau Canal and the Kingston Fortifications - designated in 2007.

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