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Construction of Kingston’s Memorial Centre

Memorial Centre, Kingston, Ontario
“Memorial Centre construction,” is from “Queen’s University Archives, George Lilley fonds V25.5 13-165.”

Kingston’s Memorial Centre is a piece of the region’s much longer agricultural past, dating back to when John Graves Simcoe founded his Agricultural Society of Upper Canada in 1792 with the goal of making the then mostly unpopulated province into one of mass agricultural production. Located on the same land as the Memorial Centre is located on now, the organization held their first Fall Fair in 1825, which was taken over in 1925 by the Kingston and District Agricultural Society. 25 years later this image shows the 1950 construction of the Memorial Centre for community and cultural activities by the Agricultural society, the Ontario government and City of Kingston, built the Memorial Centre for community and cultural activities in 1950.

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