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

Saturday February 23rd: Canadian Heritage Dinner. Click for details

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”

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 gravesite 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The annual Sir John A Birthday Dinner has been replaced by a February Heritage Dinner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, will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 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. The speaker will be J.D.M. Stewart, a Canadian history teacher at Bishop Strachan School in Toronto where he has taught since 2001. He has previously taught in Toronto, Montreal and Panama.

James’s writing has appeared in newspapers across Canada for more than twenty-five years, and some members will rightly note that he got his start by writing letters to the editor of The Globe and Mail, the first of which appeared in 1991. Two hundred letters later he is still contributing.

James has a Bachelor of Arts in History from McGill University in addition to a degree in Education, also from McGill. In 2012 he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to history in Canada. He lives in Toronto.

Further details will follow in Limelights in the fall.

Outside Events of historical interest (open to the public)

Saturday, March 16th: Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will welcome Ruth Blair for a presentation about Irish genealogy resources, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Seniors Centre, 9.30 a.m. for 10.00.

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.