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

Friday May 17th: The Murney Tower opens for its 93rd season: free admission for all members.

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The annual Sir John A Birthday Dinner has been replaced by a February Heritage Dinner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

May 28: 7 pm  RCHA Building, 2nd Floor, Frontenac Heritage Foundation 47th Annual General Meeting:  SPEAKING UP FOR OUR HERITAGE. Helen Finley and Ron Tasker have agreed to share the participant statements they made at the LPAT appeal on the Homestead King-Queen-Ontario Street  proposal.

June 1st: Re-Imagining Places of Faith Workshop at the Spire at Sydenham Street United Church, 82 Sydenham Street, Kingston

The organizers of this event are working on finalizing the agenda for this exciting workshop.  In the meantime, key note speakers and workshop leaders have been confirmed.  They include:
Robert Pajot – National Trust
Kendra Fry – Faith and the Common Good & National Trust
Tricia Baldwin – Director, Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Queen’s University
Carla Leon – EDGE, United Church of Canada

Please register by May 27, 2019. To register online, visit here
For those who wish to register by mail,  please contact Penny Sharman 613-766-2599 and she will forward the registration form to you. 

Thursday, June 13th: Paul Banfield, Queen’s University Archivist will be retiring at the end of June and would like to welcome you to drop in for a celebratory reception and farewell from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Grad Club, 162 Barrie Street, Kingston.