Pump House Steam Museum Continues Culture and Company Series

Published on: 2010/07/06 - in Releases

The highly successful speaker series at the Pump House Steam Museum will continue to entertain and educate audience members this summer.

Every Friday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. from July 9 to August 20, attendees can enjoy a cup of tea on the lakeshore and learn from experts exploring the theme of water.

The speakers for this year’s series explore the theme of our world’s most precious resource.

“We are very pleased to be presenting an interesting and compelling exploration of water and water-related issues this summer through Culture and Company and the Pump House Steam Museum”, says Colin Wiginton, Manager, Cultural Services.

“The location couldn’t be better for this opportunity to consider the importance of water from a number of varied perspectives, including everything from early technology and health related issues to such contemporary concerns as water conservation and security. This year Culture and Company also offers an opportunity to consider water as a medium for art-making over the past two centuries so there will be something to appeal to every interest as part of this series of talks and conversations along Kingston’s waterfront.”

  • July 9 – Henk Wevers, Kingston’s Municipal Water in Victorian Times, the Good and the Bad
  • July 16 – Jamie Linton, The History and Mystery of Water
  • July 23 -Melanie Fortune, Taking steps for our Community: Drop by Drop
  • July 30 – Chris Grooms, Community Conservation: The Case of the Chimney Swift in Kingston
  • August 6 – Kevin Riley, Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • August 13 – Dr. Jim Low, Waterborne Diseases
  • August 20 – Alicia Boutilier, Kingston and Beyond through Watercolour, the 19th and early 20th centuries

Admission to all Culture and Company events is $5 and includes free entrance to the museum and refreshments. The Pump House Steam Museum would like to acknowledge Coffeeco for its support for the Culture and Company Series. The Pump House is located at 23 Ontario St. and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit www.steammuseum.ca.

The Pump House Steam Museum, Kingston’s first water pumping station, was restored as a museum by the Frontenac Society of Model Engineers as their centennial gift to the City of Kingston.

In 1971 the engineers wondered whether they would have their proposal accepted by City Council and today they wonder how so much has been accomplished. Today, the lovingly restored Pump House Steam Museum provides an opportunity for people of all ages to see how machines were powered during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.