Murney Tower

The Murney Tower is open each day until  Labour Day, 10 a.m until 5 p.m. Admission is free for KHS members, and children under 12, $5 for adults, $4 for Students, Seniors and Military, or $12 for a group of 4 or more. Please call or email ahead if you have a large group.

Come take a fantastic journey back through time and tour from the long range cannon high above…to the armoury stores deep within.
Built in 1846, at the height of the Oregon Crisis, as part of the defensive fortifications of Kingston, the Murney Tower stands as one of the finest Martello towers in North America. The architecture and construction of the tower are unique, and the masonry work is unsurpassed on this continent. This redoubt was never attacked, but served as military housing for over forty years after its completion. Since 1925 it has operated as a museum. For more on the Tower, click here

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. 


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

ownload 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


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The annual Sir John A Birthday Dinner has been replaced by a February Heritage Dinner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, June 25th: at 7:00 PM at the KFPL Central Branch Library in Kingston, Neil Orford from Defining Moments Canada will share the untold stories from the Spanish Flu Epidemic in Canada during his talk titled “Remembering the Forgotten Pandemic of 1918/1919.”