Monday, June 06, 2016

Sinking the Maritime Museum in Kingston, Ontario. MCQ's Archives too.

(Used to be an exhibit on Great Lakes shipping history)
"Does Kingston really want its museum?" he asked. "Are we really the city where history and innovation thrive? It really is a question of walking the talk."
Paul Schliesmann of the Whig-Standard reports on how the historic city of Kingston is becoming a little less historic, with the decision to close the Maritime Museum of the Great Lakes. The feds pulled the plug in 2015, and the city would not pick up the slack, and now a new owner of the property is evicting the museum to open the way for development. They are putting the artifacts into bubble wrap and cardboard, and all is to be gone August 23.

Update, same day:  Active History notes the closing on June 23 of Quebec City's Centre de reference de l'Amerique francophone, the archives and research unit of that city's Musee de Civilization.  As Tom Peace says:
Can a public museum without a research service and whose archives are inaccessible to researchers actually call itself a museum?
Image: Maritime Museum of the Great Lakes

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