Kingston Historical Society
P.O. Box 54
Kingston, Ontario

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Welcome to the Kingston Historical Society

The Kingston Historical Society (KHS) is an active group working to create, foster and maintain interest in the history and heritage of the City of Kingston and its environs. We do this in many ways, including monthly meetings with guest speakers, a monthly newsletter (Limelight), a yearly journal (Historic Kingston), and by operating the Murney Tower National Historic Site as a museum. Please take a moment to explore our website for more information, interesting facts and pictures.

The objects of the Society are:
  • To create, foster and maintain interest in the history and heritage of the City of Kingston and its environs;
  • To provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of papers with relevant historical content and to provide for the publication of such papers;
  • To organize, supervise, manage, promote and assist in providing and maintaining historical museums, plaques, cairns, and other monuments to the historical past;
  • To acquire documents, maps, books, photographs and other historical data and tangible articles of historic interest with a view to the preservation and display as such articles at such times and in such places as may be decided upon by the Society; and
  • To be an advocate for the preservation of buildings and areas of historic interest in the City of Kingston and district.

What's New

Kingston Historical Society Christmas Party

We encourage all members and friends to attend the annual Kingston Historical Society Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 3rd at 7pm. This year’s event will be held at the Renaissance Event Venue at 285 Queen St. The event also includes the presentation of the Society’s annual heritage awards. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. A donation of $10 is requested at the door. We hope that everyone can attend this year’s event.

Annual Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner -- 200th Anniversary


The Annual Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner will be held this year at the Senior Staff Mess at the Royal Military College. The date for the event will be on Saturday, January 10th, 2015. This will be The 200th Anniversary of the birth of our first Prime Minister and the Society’s annual dinner is shaping up to be a major event in this anniversary year. Come and enjoy as splendid evening of fine dining, period music, historical pageantry and food for thought. Our special guest speaker will be the Honourable Mr. Justice Thomas Cromwell of the Supreme Court of Canada, a former lawyer and resident of Kingston. To ensure that our members are able to purchase tickets for this important event, sale of tickets are restricted to Society members and their guests until December the 15th, when tickets will go on sale to the general public. A reservation form has been sent out to all members. For more information, you may phone Warren Everett at (613) 545-9316.

The doors to the Mess will be open at 6:00 pm with the piper’s call to dinner and grand entry of the head table dignitaries taking place at 6:45. Cost for the gala dinner will be $80 per person and a cash bar will be offered. We hope that as many members as possible will be able to attend this memorable event.

Friday June 6th COMMEMORATION SERVICE of the Death of Sir John A. Macdonald

The Kingston Historical Society invites you to remember Sir John A. Macdonald on Friday, 6 June, 2014, with an event that combines commemoration, pageantry, history and conviviality in a special outdoor setting. Please join us at 1:30 p.m. in Kingston’s Cataraqui Cemetery to remember Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John Alexander Macdonald, who died on this day in 1891.

This annual commemorative ceremony features members of the Fort Henry Guard, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Bellevue House Staff in period dress, as well as many dignitaries and representatives of local organizations who will lay wreathes at the grave.

This year our guest speaker is Mr. John Boyko who has recently published Blood and Daring: How Canada fought The American Civil War and Forged A Nation. His address is titled Saving the Nation and and his thesis is that it was only Sir John A. Macdonald's tenacious negotiating skills that saved Canada.

Before and after the ceremony, all visitors are welcome to tour the historic and picturesque Cataraqui Cemetery which is now a National Historic Site. (972 Purdy Mills Road off Counter Street). Refreshments will be served in the outdoors chapel following the service.

Upcoming Events

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2014 Executive & Council

President Peter Gower
Past President Gordon Sinclair
Vice President Vacant
Secretary Don Richardson
Treasurer Randall Levi
Elected Councillors Nancy Day
Warren Everett
Peter Ginn
Ben Holthof
Alan MacLachlan
Ron Ridley
Paul Van Nest
John Whiteley
Appointed Councillors Nancy Day
Warren Everett
Peter Ginn
Ben Holthof
Alan MacLachlan
Ron Ridley
Paul Van Nest
John Whiteley
Editor, Historic Kingston Duncan McDowall (2014) & Marcus Letourneau (2015)
Editor, Limelight Eva Barnes
Chair, Murney Tower Committee Graeme Watson