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.


January 1st 2018: Kingston Historical Society begins its 125th year. Watch CKWS coverage here..

Wednesday, December 5th: Annual Awards.Read the Whig Standard’s coverage, and details of our winners, here


Wednesday, January 16th 2019: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre, Brent Mills will talk on

“CFB Kingston during the budget cutback era of the 1990s”

Wednesday, February 20th: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre, Annual General Meeting

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 Seniors Centre, 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, TBA

Wednesday October 16th: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre,TBA

Wednesday November 20th: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre, TBA


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The annual Sir John A Birthday Dinner has been replaced by a February Heritage Dinner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, January 19, 2019, the Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will host Carol St. Clair at the Seniors Centre at 9.30 a.m. She will speak on “Tales of the Script”, reading and understanding Old English cursive. All welcome.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019, the Frontenac Heritage Foundation will host Graeme Watson at the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario Street, 2nd floor starting at 7 p.m. He will  speak on “What is Happening at Murney Tower?” All welcome.

Saturday, January 26, 2019, Kingston & District Branch, United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada will host Leigh Smith, at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, 137 Queen Street at Montreal Street. 1:00 p.m. He will present “Pack Up Your House and Sail!” – the story of the Castine Loyalists from Maine who founded Saint Andrews, New Brunswick. All visitors always welcome. See for further details.