Contributors

Vincent Durant is a freelance researcher who specializes in Canadian social, business and political history. He is also a part-time lecturer at St. Lawrence College, where he developed and teaches a course on the early history of Kingston. For several years he has volunteered as a tour guide at City Hall. A proud parent of two adult sons, Vincent lives in the Williamsville area of the City with his wife Sandra and their cat Frank.

Dr. Jennifer McKendry received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1991; her thesis was on the architecture of Kingston, 1835 to 1865 and her M. Phil. paper on the Power firm 1850-1900, while her M.A. from Queen’s University was on the Domestic Architecture of South-Eastern Ontario from 1820 to 1850. A freelance researcher, her work includes various Heritage Impact Statements, historical overviews for archaeological assessments and architectural histories of such projects as old Sydenham Ward, selected aspects of Kingston General Hospital, Kingston Provincial Campus, the Frontenac County Court House, Kingston Penitentiary and Kingston City Hall. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including Into the Silent Land: Historic Cemeteries & Graveyards in Ontario; Portsmouth Village: an Illustrated History; Early Photography of Kingston from the Postcard to the Daguerreotype; With Our Past before Us: 19th-Century Architecture in the Kingston Area and Modern Architecture in Kingston: a Survey of 20th-Century Buildings. You can find out more at: www.mckendry.net

Lindy Mechefske is a freelance writer and author of Sir John's Table (2015)and A Taste of Wintergreen (2011)Her recent work has appeared in The New Quarterly, Kingston Life, The Kingston Whig Standard, the Ottawa Citizen, the Queen's Feminist Review and various anthologies. A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Lindy spent her early years in England and has lived in the U.S. and Australia but now calls beautiful, historic Kingston her home. You can find our more at: lindymechefske.com.

Arthur Milnes, a veteran journalist and former speechwriter to the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, is a Fellow of the Queen's University School of Policy Studies and the co-editor of Canada Transformed: The Speeches of Sir John A. Macdonald. He also served as research assistant on former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's best-selling Memoirs.

Dr. Brian Osborne is Professor Emeritus of Geography at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, where he has taught since 1967. His research areas include aboriginal history, settlement history, cultural landscapes, and the role of the "culture of communications" in the development of a Canadian sense of place. He has published extensively on the Kingston area: (with Donald Swainson), Kingston: Building on the Past (1988); Kingston: Building on the Past for the Future (2011); The Rock and the Sword: A History of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kingston (2004). He has served as a consultant for the National Capital Commission, Heritage Canada, Parks Canada, Canada Post, and the National Film Board. He is Past President of the Ontario Historical Society and Kingston Historical Society, and serves on the boards of several heritage and community organizations. He is the recipient of Queen Elizabeth II’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals and the RCGS Camsell and Massey medals.

Erin Sutherland is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Cultural Studies at Queen’s University and an independent curator. She has recently curated "Los Muertos No Hablan: The Dead Don't Speak" and "Memory Keepers: Methodologies of Memory, Mapping and Gender" (co-curated with Dr. Carla Taunton) at Urban Shaman Gallery. Her most recent curatorial project was the performance series "Talkin’ Back to Johnny Mac," a curatorial intervention into the 200th birthday celebrations of John A. Macdonald, in Kingston Ontario.

Nathalie Blais, certified translator of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO), is the owner operator of Linguacom, a micro-enterprise established in Kingston that provides professional French language services such as French translation, copy editing, localization and writing. A graduate from Sherbrooke University, Quebec, Nathalie has more than twenty years of experience in the public, parapublic and private sectors.

And the staff of Cultural Services City of Kingston.