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 November 21st: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre, Peter Gower will talk on

“The Kingston Legacy of George Taylor Richardson”

Wednesday, December 5th: Our Annual Awards Event at the Renaissance Event Venue, 285 Queen Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with event starting at 7 p.m.

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

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The annual Sir John A Birthday Dinner has been replaced by a February Heritage Dinner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

Tuesday October 23 at 7 at the Isabel Turner Public Library, Peter Gower will present his “Kingston During the Great War”

illustrated talk as part of the Great War Armistice commemorations.

Thursday, October 25 at 7:30PM in Memorial Hall, City Hall: Jennifer McKendry

The City of Kingston will award the 2018 Heritage Property Grants of $5,000 each to 10 recipients at a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 25 to celebrate their efforts to maintain the historic character of Kingston.

Following the short award ceremony, the Heritage Resource Centre Lecture Series will welcome renowned Kingston architectural historian Jennifer McKendry, who will introduce her new book, “Woodwork in Historic Buildings of the Kingston Region”. The styles, construction and details of log and frame buildings will be analyzed from the late 18th to the late 19th century. In addition, woodwork, such as mantels, staircases, verandahs and doors, will be illustrated in frame, brick and stone houses. Kingston is known as “the Limestone City,” but tribute must also be given to the work of the carpenter and joiner. All welcome. Free event.

Saturday November 3  The Frontenac Heritage Foundation will lead Walking Tours of Bath including a stop at the Ham House.

Two tours are organized in the afternoon, 1 and 2:30 p.m., and you will need to RSVP to sign up for a time by emailing:

Saturday November 24 The Kingston and District Branch of the United Empire Loyallist Association of Canada invites the public to our next meeting  at 1:00 p.m. in St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, 137 Queen Street at Montreal Street. Our speaker will be Ruth Nicholson UE, a retired educator from the Hamilton, Ontario area. Ruth’s topic is Three Loyalist Heroes. “This will cover different acts of greatness in different time periods,” says Ruth: “The American Revolution where you will meet a courier, the War of 1812 where you will meet a young spy and the beginnings of parliament in Upper Canada where you will meet an early politician. These are my three heroes: Robert Land, Isaac Ferriss and John Cornwall. Come to hear the intrigue!” You are also invited to join with us for an optional sandwich ’n square lunch, 11:30 am for 12:00 noon. Cost $4.00 for those not asked to bring food.