Part of our Japanese kite collection on exhibition at the Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre in Toronto, 2011 - the month of the Tsunami.
Kites to Flight Historical Symposium 2010 - Burlington, Canada
The KiteMuseum.com sponsored the first North American Kites to Flight Symposium in February, 2010, which highlighted amongst other interests a fascinating presentation by the world’s foremost authority on Alexander Graham Bell’s work with kites - Bob White of Canada (Left)
Thom Shanken (right) from the USA gave a most entertaining and enlightening presentation of early North American kiting, as well as led participants in the step-by-step construction of a replica (which he is holding) of the oldest known kite currently in existence, which the Kitemuseum has on loan to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck, Nova Scotia as part of a three-year Memorandum of Understanding.
KiteMuseum exhibit. A. G. Bell Museum in Baddeck, Cape Breton
As part of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, the KiteMuseum loaned kites which represent the types of kite Bell and his party would have seen on his 1910-1911 world tour. You can learn more about the museum at: http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/ns/grahambell/index.aspx
By the way, that gentleman in the picture is one of the foremost historical kite authorities in world - Jan Westerink from the Netherlands. Check him out at: http://www.firstkites.nl/
In June of 2012, the KiteMuseum organized the program of the second Kites to Flight Symposium, this one in partnership with the Alexander Graham Bell Museum/Parks Canada, and the Baddeck community.
In what has been described as the greatest gathering of kite history expertise in ever assembled in North America, an interesting panel of kiteologists came together from the Canada, USA, England, Germany and the Netherlands.
Kites to Flight symposium #2 - Baddeck, Cape Breton, 2012 at the grave site of Alexander Graham Bell. Pictured above are (L to R):
Hugh Bell Muller, Great-Grandson of Alexander and Mabel Bell; Bob White Canadian kite historian; myself; Paul Chapman (sitting) English kite historian; Ulli Draheim, German kite historian; Thom Shanken, American kite historian; Tom Crouch, Senior Curator of Aeronautics at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
We are currently working on an even greater event for the third symposium in 2014, in Baddeck. Stay tuned.
Monarch Butterfly exhibit in the Ontario Tourist Welcome Centre, in Windsor, Ontario
These ten foot Monarch kites were commissioned by me to be built by a Malaysian family known through a friend.
Our first exhibit outside of the museum was at Discovery Landing in Burlington, Ontario. The reaction of the public told us that we had something very special that was engaging to many types of people.
The Kite Museum officially opened June 29th, 2008. Below are photos which show about one hundred of the over 3,000 kite related items we have in our collection, one of the most significant private collections in the world.
At right, author Margaret Attwood,a nd environmentalist David Suzuki share a laugh at the annual Spring Song event, which was decorated with dozens of flying creature kites by the KiteMuseum.