Murney Tower is now closed until the Victoria Day weekend 2020. See you then!

KHS Meetings

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. 

Download the Annual Report here

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, David Gordon will talk on 

Two Visions to Address the Sydenham Ward “Slum”:
Urban Renewal in Kingston, 1958-70

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


Saturday February 22nd: Heritage Dinner. See below for details.

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.

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

The Canadian Heritage Dinner

The Canadian Heritage Dinner, sponsored by the KHS, is held during  Heritage Week. On February 29th 2020, we will welcome Dr. Laura Brandon to speak in the Senior Staff Mess of the Royal Military College. Her talk will examine how the Group of Seven were interpreters of World War One. She is is a freelance writer, curator, and lecturer specializing in international and Canadian war art. From 1992 to 2015, she was the Historian, Art & War at the Canadian War Museum. She has written and lectured internationally for nearly 40 years and curated more than 45 exhibitions. She is currently an Adjunct Research Professor in the School for Studies in Art and Culture and in the History Department at Carleton University, Ottawa, ON and a Research Associate at the Canadian War Museum. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2015.

Outside Events of historical interest (open to the public)

Tuesday September 17th, the City of Kingston at 7:00 in the Grand Theatre, princess Street, will facilitate a public conversation on Sir John A. Macdonald’s historic connections to Kingston, which includes his role and actions as a political figure and the legacy of his actions today, which must be viewed through the lens of reconciliation. The conversation will feature three renowned historians, Charlotte Gray, Christopher Moore and Lee Maracle, who will discuss how Kingston can share a more complete, inclusive and diverse history of Sir John A. Macdonald. Residents are invited to attend this free event to hear the speakers’ perspectives and compare them with their own. The discussion will be moderated by Bob Watts. Tickets at

Saturday September 21, Ontario Ancestors Kingston Branch presents Judy Neville talking on “Giving British Home Children a Voice” Speaker  The presentation gives a voice to over 100,000 children who were sent to Canada between the 1860s and 1940s and most often never revealed what growing up was like in that era. More info on our facebook page website

Tuesday, 24 September,  7:30 p.m. at Fire Hall 3, Gore Rd. at Hwy 15, the Pittsburgh Historical Society presents Bill Patterson speaking on “The 1st Battalion, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, 1940-1945: The Kingston Connection.” He is the author of the recently published updated regimental history: “Up The Glens -Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Highlanders”.

Wednesday September 25, 7 p.m. at Meeting Room 1 (formerly the Wilson Room) at the Central Branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library at 130 Johnson Street, Kingston, the Frontenac Heritage Foundation will present Toon Dreessen President of Dreessen Cardinal Architects and former President of the Ontario Association of Architects. He will be speaking about the importance of built heritage to the region.

Thursday September 26th to Sunday September 29th, the Canadian Society of Decorative Arts is hosting its 37th Annual Symposium and General Meeting. Honouring the past and learning about current practice in the decorative arts is reflected in this year’s theme: Trends and Traditions. It will feature an exceptional line up of lectures and events led by a stellar group of regional, national and international scholars, experts, curators, collectors and leading contemporary makers of decorative arts.

Symposium delegates will also enjoy exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to private and public collections and studios, and visits to important sites and cultural attractions in the area on guided walking tours. And, of course, delegates will share warm hospitality, fine food, entertainment and stimulating conversation with friends and fellow lovers of the decorative arts.

For event details and registration please visit

Saturday September 28 in  St. Paul’s Church Hall, 137 Queen Street, at 1:00 pm. The United Empire Loyalists present, free to all interested in early Canadian history,  Dean Taylor talking on “Heading North, Moving West” –  how families of Castine Loyalists who settled St. Andrews, NB ended up in southwestern Ontario. More details here.

Saturday September 28th in Memorial Hall at 1 p.m. There will be two presentations of the CSDA Conference (see above) which are open to the public . Speakers are Dennis Mills on handwoven textiles and Moe Johnson who will speak about early Picton pottery and its relationship to Kingston. Tickets are $25 and are available at or through the link at