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History of the JDUC:

The John Deutsch University Centre is located on the site of Kingston’s old Orphan’s Home, a large and handsome building constructed in 1862 that was purchased by Queen’s in 1927 to serve as the Students’ Memorial Union, named in commemoration of students who died during the First World War. The early Union was essentially a men’s club, housing a cafeteria, meeting and reading rooms, and student society offices – almost all of which were closed to women. After the building was destroyed by a serious fire on September 4, 1947, the main part of the present JDUC was constructed in its place with the help of a large donation from Col. R.S. McLaughlin.

John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) on a sunny summer day.

Even in the new building, women were initially permitted only in business offices, including those of the Queen’s Journal and AMS, and in the “Co-ed Lounge,” a room just off Wallace Hall known today as the Polson Room. Beginning in the mid-1950s, women were permitted to enter all parts of the building, except for Wallace Hall, which remained off limits except during formal dinners until 1960. The Union was extensively renovated and expanded in the mid-1970s in response to the tripling of the student population since the 1950s. It was renamed the John Deutsch University Centre at the same time in honour of former Principal John Deutsch, who died in 1976.

At the heart of the JDUC is the ceilidh, a large open space where members of the community gather for concerts, performances, debates, and displays. Learn more about the JDUC

What’s Inside the JDUC:

Located at the northeast corner of University Avenue and Union Street, the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) is used by students, staff, faculty, and alumni for a variety of purposes. It houses the Alma Mater Society (AMS) offices, the Queen’s Pub, The Underground, the Memorial Room, and was the original home of the Common Ground before it moved to the Queen’s Centre.

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September '17

The Farmers’ Market at Queen’s

Wednesday, September 27th @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, happening 12 times

JDUC, 87 Union Street W
Kingston, K7L 3N6 Canada

The market, now it its 7th year of operation, provides students with easy access to local vendors and locally produced food.

Free
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October '17

The Farmers’ Market at Queen’s

Wednesday, October 4th @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, happening 12 times

JDUC, 87 Union Street W
Kingston, K7L 3N6 Canada

The market, now it its 7th year of operation, provides students with easy access to local vendors and locally produced food.

Free
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The Farmers’ Market at Queen’s

Wednesday, October 11th @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, happening 12 times

JDUC, 87 Union Street W
Kingston, K7L 3N6 Canada

The market, now it its 7th year of operation, provides students with easy access to local vendors and locally produced food.

Free
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Homecoming: ReUnion Street Festival

Saturday, October 14th @ 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
JDUC, 87 Union Street W
Kingston, K7L 3N6 Canada

The ReUnion Street Festival is a diverse celebration of Queen’s pride and Tricolour spirit! It is an opportunity for Queen’s students, alumni, and friends to commemorate their Queen’s experiences through artistic and musical entertainment, celebratory food and drink, and interactive programming.

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The Farmers’ Market at Queen’s

Wednesday, October 18th @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, happening 12 times

JDUC, 87 Union Street W
Kingston, K7L 3N6 Canada

The market, now it its 7th year of operation, provides students with easy access to local vendors and locally produced food.

Free
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