Guests and visitors are always welcome.  The Seniors Centre is at 56 Francis Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The meetings include a brief business report and a guest speaker followed by a question period and refreshments. Talks are usually illustrated and cover many aspects of regional history. Please note the locations for May and June.


Watch 125th anniversary news report  here
Read the Whig-Standard’s coverage of our award winners, here


Wednesday, February 20th: Annual General Meeting: Download the Annual Report here

Wednesday March 20th: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre, Cameron Willis will talk on

“WW1 and Kingston Penitentiary, through the experience of one convict”

Wednesday April 17th: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre, Brent Raycroft will talk on

“Lord Sydenham: Our last Governor General and our first Prime Minister”

Wednesday May 15th: 7.30 at the Military Communications and Electronics Museum, Highway 2 at the east end of CFB Kingston , Bill Patterson will talk on

“The 1st Battalion, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, 1940-1945: The Kingston Connection”

Thursday June 6th: 1.30 at the graveside of Sir John A. Macdonald in Cataraqui cemetery, the annual graveside speech will be given by Christopher Moore. See below for more details.

Wednesday September 18th: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre, John Morgan will talk on

Prime Minister Alexander Mackenzie

Wednesday October 16th: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre,TBA

Wednesday November 20th: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre, John Grenville will talk on

Fortifications Survey of Kingston:

Britain’s response to the American Civil War


Sir John A. Macdonald Events

Thursday, June 6th at 1:30 pm : The Kingston Historical Society hosts a Commemoration Service for Sir John A. Macdonald at his grave in the Cataraqui Cemetery National Historic Site on the June 6th, every year. The speaker this year will be Christopher Moore. He has written or co-authored over 15 books on Canadian history, and has two Governor General awards. His books include “Louisbourg Portraits: Life in an Eighteenth Century Garrison Town” and “1867: How the Fathers Made a Deal”.

Information: Alan MacLachlan, Commemoration Service Chair. (613) 549-8841 or (613) 453-7078 (cell).  Email:

The annual Sir John A Birthday Dinner has been replaced by a February Heritage Dinner

The Canadian Heritage Dinner

The first Canadian Heritage Dinner, sponsored by the KHS, was held in February to coincide with Heritage Week celebrations. The theme of the talks will complement Heritage Week. The location will remain at the Senior Staff Mess, Royal Military College. We expect to hold a similar dinner in late February 2020.

Outside Events of historical interest (open to the public)

Tuesday March 19th: Frontenac Heritage Foundation will hear from Craig Sims about Sir Allan McNab’s Dundurn Castle in Hamilton, at the RCHA 2nd floor room, 7 p.m.

Tuesday March 26th: Pittsburgh Historical Society  at 7:30 pm at the Gore Road Firehall will hear from Art Shaw and Jeff Earl with their presentation “The Lansdowne Ironworks: A Community Archaeological Project”

Friday, April 26:  The Rideau Lakes Heritage Network is hosting a Heritage Symposium in Delta, Ontario. Details:

Friday May 3rd to Sunday May 5th: Jane’s Walks will be held in Kingston. For more details, click here