Industrial artifacts

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Made in Kitchener: Personal Stories from our Industrial Past

...is a digital storytelling tour featuring ten sites around downtown Kitchener. Stories are accessed by smart phones. Pick up a guidebook from the Welcome Centre (ground floor, Kitchener city hall) during business hours. 

Made in Kitchener: Personal Stories From Our Industrial Past.

This interactive documentary is about the lives of working people in Kitchener during the last half of the 20th century, a time when the city was an industrial powerhouse. This documentary combines selected interviews from an archive of oral histories collected as part of the City of Kitchener's Industrial Artifacts project with other archival material and contemporary photos and video.

Download the Made in Kitchener Walking Tour brochure.

Made in Kitchener is a collaboration between the City of Kitchener, Latitudes Storytelling Festival and digital media artist Dwight Storring who curated and produced the stories and walking directions.

One of the many ways Kitchener continues to celebrate our long, prosperous history in manufacturing is by preserving industrial machinery that's no longer used - and incorporating these artifacts into many local trails, buildings - including city hall and the Registry Theatre, and other public spaces.

Download Kitchener's industrial artifacts map, which contains details on the locations of our industrial artifacts.

Today, this unique collection contains more than 100 items of industrial machinery, which fall into the following categories:

  • Tools (stationary, hand, design, portable, power, moulds and forms)
  • Appliances
  • Engines
  • Hydro electric equipment
  • Office equipment
  • Advertising
  • Architectural
  • Commemorative

Companies represented in the collection include:

  • Blue Top Brewery
  • Bonnie Stuart Shoes
  • Canada Cordage
  • Canada Pump/Canada Valve
  • Clemmer Industries
  • Cluett Peabody Canada Inc.
  • Epton-Goodrich Factory
  • Grand River Hospital
  • Kaufman Footwear Inc.
  • Kaufman Rubber Co.
  • Kitchener Button Co.
  • Mitchell Plastics Compression
  • Ontario Power Generation, Niagara Falls
  • Seagrams

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