Meetings & Events

Murney Tower is closed for 2020

CKWS coverage of the 2019 Awards presentations is here

The 2019 Reports of the Society’s activities are here. The Financial Statements for 2019 are here.

Heritage Dinner photo gallery is here.

View Outside Events of Interest


We meet at the Central Library, 130 Johnson Street. Refreshments will be available from 6.30 and the meeting starts at 7.00. The meetings include a brief business report and a guest speaker followed by a question period. Talks are usually illustrated and cover many aspects of regional history. Guests and visitors are always welcome.

We regretfully announce the cancellation of the fall 2020 KHS lecture series. We reached this decision after a long and careful deliberation. While our lecture venue in the Central Library has reopened for public use, the conditions of that access, we decided, were too onerous to facilitate enjoyable and profitable lecturing. Those attending a lecture would be obliged to wear a COVID mask throughout the proceedings and would have to sit in a socially-spaced seating plan, which by our reckoning would sustain audience of only about 20 people. Other venues would demand the same restrictions. ZOOM lecturing seemed impersonal and not within the reach of all KHS members. Beyond these practical considerations, there is also the lurking possibility of a resurgence of the pandemic. All these realities, plus the wellbeing of our speakers, have led us to cancel – although postpone would be better word – our lecture offering this fall.

Do not despair, however. We have a wonderful inventory of potential speakers ready to address us on topics ranging from local artists, local architecture, local museums and broader matters such as Kinston’s connection with Governor-General Lord Tweedsmuir. We hope that as the COVID horizon clears we will be able to present you with an inviting lecture program for 2021. Stay tuned for news in November.

Duncan McDowall, KHS lecture program chair

With meetings cancelled, you might want to catch up on your reading about Kingston.We have produced a Reading List – click here to see it. With libraries closed, you may have to be creative in finding copies! Contact us here with suggestions for additions to the list.

Outside Events of historical interest open to the public



The building of this canoe in Doug Fluhrer Park begins on 7 September with a celebration of it’s completion on 27 September.

Saturday, September 26, 2:00 p.m. United Empire Loyalists, Kingston Branch.Brian Shannon. “Using Find-a-Grave for Family Research”. Brian was to speak to us in March, at the meeting that was cancelled at the start of the pandemic. This meeting will now take place on Zoom. You need a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone, and if you haven’t used Zoom previously, you need to download the free software. (But you don’t need a mic or a camera: it’s listen-only. Questions are submitted by typing into the Chat box.)
Here’s the link to the Zoom meeting:
You don’t need to preregister; just click the link on the 26th, about 10-15 minutes before-hand if you need to get the software or test your speaker. Feel free to share this link with anyone you think may be interested. (We’ll send you an email reminder a few days before.)
Initially you will be in a ‘waiting room’ until the host/leader opens the meeting and adds you to the meeting.

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