Made in Canada: A Pop-up Museum

Bring Your Thing was a series of free pop-up museums running throughout 2017 to celebrate Canada 150th anniversary.

The first pop-up museum was held on January 21at Artillery Park Aquatic Centre. It invited people to bring any objects which fit the theme Made in Canada and to share their story.

Of the many objects that were brought and the museums who came out—the Royal Military College (RMC) Museum, the Marine Museum and the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum—here is a few of the items that were shared.

Melissa Eapen, co-founder of Improbable Escapes and the Kingston Collective, brought a glass pineapple as her object. While setting up their business in Kingston, Eapen came across a quote for success which said “wear a crown and stand tall like pineapple”. Taking this quote to heart, when she saw this pineapple, she bought it as a reminder to herself of how she can be successful.

KCVI shared a handmade Canadian flag first flown on February 15, 1965 at the school, the same time that the newly designed Canadian flag was flown in Ottawa. This flag holds a place of honour at KCVI and has been signed by Arthur Martin, the Principal of KCVI at the time, John Matheson, a co-designer of the Canadian flag, Peter Miliken, former Speaker at the House of Commons and KCVI head boy, and Kay Shand, the creator and Home Economics teacher.


Christel Klocke, a master gold and silversmith, gemmologist, appraiser and jewelry designer, began designing and selling jewelry in 1966: and continues to do so today. The items she displayed was the first gold piece she ever made in 1957 and a necklace with an emerald from Columbia.

The Kingston Heirloom Quilters brought several items that tell a story of Canada. This quilt square was inspired by Canadian composer and piano player, Frank Mills, who is known as “Music Box Man,” the name of one of his songs. The Quilters showcased some of the squares from their Canada 150 challenge quilt, which when completed, each block will be dedicated to the accomplishments of a Canadian woman.

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