The poetry of history lies in the quasi-miraculous fact that once, on this earth, on this familiar spot of ground walked other men and women as actual as we are today, thinking their own thoughts, swayed by their own passions but now all gone, vanishing after another, gone utterly as we ourselves shall be gone like ghosts at cockcrow.
– G.M. Trevelyan
This blog (which as of April 2016 is ended) is an informal exploration of the history of Kingston and surrounding areas, particularly “the small stuff”: tidbits of information, stories, photographs, and other interesting things I’ve come across. Although I have stopped writing, I still update posts when I find new information or realize I’ve made a mistake. I am also still open to inquiries about Kingston history, so please feel free to use my Contact page and I will get back to you.
Your host, Francesca Brzezicki:
Born and raised in Kingston, I’ve had an unhealthy obsession with the past for about as long as I can remember. I have a Medial degree in Art History – Film Studies from Queen’s University, and I have been accepted to the Master’s program in Public History at Carleton University. My main period of historical interest is about 1870-1929, but I write about everything up to the first half of the 20th century on this blog. I am also on Twitter at @fbrzez.
Header images on the blog are from the Clifford M. Johnston Fonds at Library and Archives Canada (all c. 1916):