Meetings & Events

Our 2024 proposed year’s programme can be seen here.

Meetings will be hybrid meetings: live at Kingsbridge Retirement Community and on Zoom. At present there are no Covid restrictions at Kingsbridge. The spaciousness of this venue also allows us to offer light refreshments and an opportunity for socialization preceding each lecture: 6:30 for 7:00 p.m.

Members receive the Zoom link on the Friday before the Wednesday meeting. Non-members: for the Zoom link, please email before 6 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

The Kingsbridge Retirement Community at 950 Centennial Drive is the tall building just south of Princess Street.  Enter on the east side (the other end from Centennial Drive). Staff will be at the door to give you directions. Park in any unmarked parking space; there is also parking around Shoppers Drug Mart. Express buses #501 and 502 serve Upper Princess Street with a stop very near Kingsbridge. Bus #4 offers slower service along Princess Street from downtown. Use the Centennial Drive bus stop.

Please scroll down for the links to our previous meetings available for viewing on YouTube, and to outside events of interest.

Next Meeting

Wednesday, September 18th: Alan McLeod’s talk has had to be postponed until 2025. Instead, Peter Gower will present The Kingston Historical Society’s first 131 years … and the future? Non members please email for the Zoom link before 6 pm on the 18th. Members will be emailed the link.

Upcoming Meetings

(more detailed descriptions are available here)

Wednesday, October 16th William Galbraith will talk on John Buchan: Model Governor General  Non members please email for the Zoom link before 6 pm on the 16th. Members will be emailed the link.

Wednesday, November 20th: Well-known local architectural historian and archaeologist John Grenville will discuss the interesting career of architect Ernest R. Beckwith (1879-1963), who worked in Kingston as City Engineer and operated as an architect in the years before World War I, leaving a built legacy in both residential and commercial Kingston still evident today. Non members please email for the Zoom link before 6 pm on the 20th. Members will be emailed the link.

Past meetings available on YouTube

Meetings held in 2020 to 2023 are indexed by topic and by speaker here. You can download a Word document with live links to YouTube.


January: Professor Gordon Dueck :Barbers in Blackface? African-Canadian Musicians in Fin-de-Siecle Kingston.”You can watch the presentation here The original recordings are lost but the sheet music survives and one can find renditions of the songs from “In Dahomey” on YouTube at

Annual General Meeting. The Agenda is here . The YouTube video is here. The Financial Statement for 2023 is here

March:  Eric Gagnon:Two Miles, Two Tracks, Two Railways, To Obscurity.” You can watch the presentation here

April Margaret Ross  ‘Your Town is Rotten’: Prostitution, Profit and the Governing of Vice in Kingston, Ontario, 1860-1920s, You can watch the presentation here..

May:  Ian Macpherson McCulloch : John Bradstreet’s Raid 1758. You can watch the presentation here

June 6th: Dr. Stephen Smith  Macdonald’s Four Lives at Bellevue House. You can watch the commemoration here

You might want to catch up on your reading about Kingston. We have produced a Reading List – click here to see it! Contact us here with suggestions for additions to the list. We also recommend you viewing a video describing the 22 National Historic Sites of Kingston. You can find it here . If you have comments on it, please contact Greg Anderson at gpanderson191@gmail.

Outside Events Of Interest

Friday June 7, Lamoureux Park in Cornwall, Ontario steps back 240 years to the beginning of Cornwall and the SDG Counties. This three day celebration of the landing of the Loyalists in 1784 will see local heritage groups, living historians replicating the town of New Johnstown and two evening concerts with the best in area entertainment featuring French-Canadian, Celtic and Mohawk performers. We hope you can share the attached information and let everyone know about this milestone celebration. There’s even more background information on our website, We also have a 30 sec promo at this link:

Sunday June 9, at 1:30 pm Wolfe Island Historical Society,   at the Wolfe Island United Church Hall presents Mike Hill from Aerosnapper Kingston talking on How drones are changing the way we view history. 

Monday June 10, at 7 p.m., (tickets $20) Chalmer’s United Church is presenting the story of each of its original historic stained-glass windows. These need major restoration and this fundraiser will also feature organist Aurora Dokken.

Monday June 24, 2.30 to 6.30 pm visit the Portsmouth Tavern and get your signed copies of two books by Dave More. Loyal Watermen is the history of French Canadian Inland Mariners from 1775 to 1815. They made critically important contributions to preserving Canada from American domination. This is never-before-revealed history of our country. Dark Watershed is a Tom Clancy-ish thriller set in the near future (2029) when a new U.S. President takes steps to acquire Canadian fresh water. A real page-turner and a quick read!!


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