‘CMWH Presents: Kingston’s HERstory’ wins Awesome Kingston June grant

Amanda Babcock and her daughter, Clara, received the Awesome Kingston microgrant on behalf of the Canadian Museum of Women’s History. Photo via Awesome Kingston on Facebook.

Every month, Awesome Kingston awards a $1,000 grant to projects the trustees think will keep Kingston awesome. This month, the micro-grant was awarded to ‘CMWH Presents: Kingston’s HERstory,’ to help fund a pop-up event at City Hall this fall.

CMWH is the Canadian Museum of Women’s History, which is in its very early development stage. The museum will be located here in Kingston, and plans to amplify the little-known and untold contributions made by pre-colonial women and those who identify as women or non-binary, to the lands now known as Canada.

Amanda Babcock and her daughter Clara pitched this project on behalf of the CMWH. Babcock is a volunteer Marketing and Communications Coordinator on the 2024 Working Committee, which is organizing the one-day pop-up event.

The HERstory Kingston event will take place during Women’s History Month. According to CMWH, the key objective of this event is to provide the public with a broader appreciation for women’s roles in shaping Kingston’s cultural, social, and political landscape.

Women’s History Month is October, and HERstory Kingston will take place on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Hall of Kingston City Hall. According to CMWH, community organizations will be exhibiting women’s roles within their organization, in addition to a great day of learning and fun for all.

Heather Morrison, Treasurer-Founder of CMWH, said the City of Kingston has “generously donated the space to us to kick off Women’s History Month. They will also be illuminating City Hall purple on the same date.”

In their pitch to Awesome Kingston, CMWH shared a breakdown of how the microgrant will be used:

The $1,000 award will be allocated as follows:

  • $250 for a marketing and communications expert to drive public interest in the event
  • $300 for reusable retractable roll-up banners showcasing participating organizations
  • $300 for designing and printing a hard copy event program
  • $150 for custom event memorabilia such as pens, bookmarks, post it notes etc to raise funds and promote the museum initiative.

When asked how the event is funded (besides with the AK grant money), Morrison said it is partly funded by a City of Kingston Heritage Fund Project Grant.

“To ensure its success, we will seek sponsorship from Kingston businesses and service organizations,” she added.

For more details about the museum, and to learn more about the upcoming HERstory Kingston event, visit the CMWH website and Facebook page.

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