Meetings & Events

The Annual Report for 2020 is here. The Financial Statements for 2020 are here.

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We usually 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. During the Covid-19 pandemic, all of our meetings are virtual talks on Zoom. The recording of each of them can be accessed on YouTube.

 Wednesday, October 20th: Our own Dr. Duncan McDowall will talk on Local Boy Makes Good: Edward ‘Eddie’ Peacock (QU, MA 1894) Finds Fame and Fortune in London 

(Non-members should contact for the link to Zoom.)

Wednesday, November 17th: Halifax-based archivist and historian Barry Cahill will discuss his upcoming biography of Norman McLeod Rogers, one-time Queen’s political economist, policy advisor to Mackenzie King and Kingston MP, with special focus on Rogers’ Kingston affiliation.

(Non-members should contact for the link to Zoom.)

Past meetings available on YouTube

Dr. Tim Cook spoke on “Forgetting, Remembering and Remaking Canada’s Second World War.” You can watch this presentation here

Victoria Cosby spoke on “Kingston through Her Eyes: Harriett Dobbs Cartwright and Her Adopted Home” as part of the Society’s celebration of Heritage Month in Kingston. You can watch this presentation here.

Marc Seguin spoke on The Lighthouses of Kingston: Guiding Ships through the Graveyard of Lake Ontario, 1828 to 1914”. You can watch the presentation here.

Dr. Tabitha Renaud spoke on “Without Words: The Communication Barrier between Indigenous Peoples and the Earliest European Explorers in North America.” You can watch this presentation here.

Heather Home & Janice McAlpine spoke on “Community Archiving: the Kingston LGBTQ Archives as Collaborative Model.” You can watch the presentation here.

Sunday, June 6th The Kingston Historical Society presented the 2021 Sir John A Macdonald Commemorative Service from Cataraqui Cemetery. Watch the Service here

John Immerseel discussed his recent book For a Better Life: Post-War Dutch Immigration to Canada with special reference to the prominent Dutch community resident in Kingston. You can watch the presentation here

During the pandemic, 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.

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Outside events of interest

Saturday, September 18, 2021, 10:00 a.m The Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society presents  Jane MacNamara talking on Records of Migration and Settlement at the Archives of Ontario. Pre-register at

Saturday, September 25, 2:00 p.m Kingston and District UELAC  presents Jean Rae Baxter, speaking  on WHEREAS it is Unjust” – Upper Canada’s Role in the Fight to End Slavery. Since more Loyalists than you might think arrived here with Black “servants,” this will be an interesting talk. Pre-register here.

Saturday, October 16, 2021, 10:00 a.m The Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society presents Elise Cole speaking on Copyright and the Family Historian. Pre-register at

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