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Oct 05, 2023
Museum in Barriefield Village area of Kingston organizing collection, developing new programming
The staff at the Frontenac County Schools Museum are bringing new historic artifacts into the light of day after decades of being tucked away in storage.
It’s a monumental task for the team at the little museum, which is owned and operated by the City of Kingston and located in historic Barriefield Village in the east end of Kingston.
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The museum, a project that came about in 1973 to mark Kingston’s 300th anniversary, was brought to life by a group of retired educators who gathered research on the historic schools of Frontenac County, photographing those locations and collecting books, artifacts and old school records.
“All the one-room schools in the county closed by the mid to late 1960s,” Mathew Thivierge, the museum’s manager and co-ordinator, said during an interview. “There were about 160 in the county.”