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New roots for 175th and beyond

  • [Dignitaries help plant the tree]
    Mary Ann Spencer, Queen’s Elder in Residence, MP Mark Gerretsen, Kingston Deputy Mayor Peter Stroud, MPP Sophie Kiwala, and Principal Daniel Woolf (left to right) help plant the tree.
  • [Principal Woolf]
    Principal Daniel Woolf offers his remarks during the tree planting to mark the 175th anniversary of Queen Victoria granting the Imperial Royal Charter to "Queen's College at Kingston."
  • [Plaque in front of tree]
    The tree, a scarlet oak, and plaque are located in the Snodgrass Arboretum in front of Summerhill.
  • [David Walker and Peter Stroud]
    David Walker (left), Chair, 175th Anniversary Executive Committee, and Kingston Deputy Mayor Peter Stroud chat following the tree planting.
  • [Principal Daniel Woolf]
    Principal Daniel Woolf speaks with media in front of the tree following the planting.
  • [St. Andrew's Service]
    Prior to the tree planting, Principal Daniel Woolf (left) and University Historian Duncan McDowall (third from the left) attended a special service at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church celebrating the deep connections the two institutions share. Dr. McDowall, who recently published a third volume in Queen’s official history, presented a copy of that book to church member David Holland, while Principal Woolf gave Changuk Sohn a framed document that details the important role the church played in Queen's early history.

Queen’s University was incorporated by an Imperial Royal Charter issued by Queen Victoria on Oct. 16, 1841. The university marked the 175th anniversary of that historic occasion with a tree dedication in the Snodgrass Arboretum in front of Summerhill on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Earlier in the day, Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf and University Historian Duncan McDowall visited St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, where they attended a special service that recognized the important role that church played in Queen’s early history.

Queen’s is celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2016-17. Many units, departments, and groups across campus are planning special events or incorporating the 175th anniversary into their existing activities. To learn more, visit the Queen’s 175th website.