Meetings & Events

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

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2022

After nearly two harrowing years of the Covid pandemic, the Society is very happy to announce that it is returning to a more normal format in presenting its annual lectures. But the “new normal” is slightly different from our tradition of live lectures. In January, we will again offer you live lectures, but they will simultaneously be offered by Zoom transmission for those who wish to participate from their own space. This flexibility of this hybrid method of delivering our speakers’ message will allow us to recapture the intimacy of a live lecture, while providing a stay-at-home option in what we hope is the final phase of the pandemic.

We are also very pleased to announce that our lectures will now take place at the Kingsbridge Retirement Community, 950 Centennial Drive. Kingsbridge has graciously agreed to let us use their very comfortable theatre lounge for our meetings. This is a most attractive location with comfortable armchairs and the most up-to-date audio-visual equipment. The spaciousness of this venue also allows us to offer light refreshments and an opportunity for socialization after each lecture.

The Kingsbridge Retirement Community, 950 Centennial Drive is the tall building just south of Princess Street. Ask for the theatre lounge on the lower floor. Enter by the prominent door on the east side. Someone will be at the door to give you directions and to check your double vaccination status. There is free visitor parking along the north side of the building. Express buses #501 and 502 serve upper Princess Street to very near Kingsbridge. Bus #4 offers slower service along King Street from downtown.

For those wishing to stay at home, a Zoom link will be provided a few days before the lecture by e-mail.

Covid precautions: Please wear a mask on entry to the building, but you may remove your mask once in the room. Proof of double vaccination is mandatory. The building is kept meticulously sanitized.

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January 19: Dr. Robert Engen: “Weathering the Storm: Health Protection and the Canadian Corps during the Pandemic of 1918“. Please contact kingstonhs@gmail.com if you want the link to the Zoom presentation.

February 16: Annual General Meeting. Please contact kingstonhs@gmail.com if you want the link to the Zoom presentation.

February 20: An “Afternoon Tea”, our KHS Heritage Celebration, will include a speaker and the presentation of the KHS Awards, to celebrate Heritage Week. Watch this space for full details. To nominate a candidate for an award, please complete the form found here. You can see the list of past winners on page 21 of the Annual Report, found here.

March 16: Catherine Fogarty: “Murder on the Inside: the 1971 KP Riot“. Please contact kingstonhs@gmail.com if you want the link to the Zoom presentation.

April 20: Ken Cuthbertson: “The Kingston Ponies in the Border League“. Please contact kingstonhs@gmail.com if you want the link to the Zoom presentation.

May 18: Maurice Smith: “The Calvin Company four-master barque“. Please contact kingstonhs@gmail.com if you want the link to the Zoom presentation.

June 6: Sir John A. Macdonald service. Please contact kingstonhs@gmail.com if you want the link to the Zoom presentation.

September 21: Nathan Brinklow “This area’s Mohawk heritage“. Please contact kingstonhs@gmail.com if you want the link to the Zoom presentation.

October 19: Marc Shaw “The Annandale Apartments“. Please contact kingstonhs@gmail.com if you want the link to the Zoom presentation.

November 16: David Gordon “Clifford Curtis, a Kingston Professor, Town Planner, Alderman and Mayor“. Please contact kingstonhs@gmail.com if you want the link to the Zoom presentation.


Past meetings available on YouTube

Dr. Tim Cook: “Forgetting, Remembering and Remaking Canada’s Second World War.” You can watch this presentation here
Victoria Cosby: “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: “The Lighthouses of Kingston: Guiding Ships through the Graveyard of Lake Ontario, 1828 to 1914”. You can watch the presentation here.
Dr. Tabitha Renaud: “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: “Community Archiving: the Kingston LGBTQ Archives as Collaborative Model.” You can watch the presentation here.
The Kingston Historical Society presented the 2021 Sir John A Macdonald Commemorative Service from Cataraqui Cemetery. Watch the Service here
John Immerseel: “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
Duncan McDowall: “Edward Peacock finds Fame and Fortune in London“. You can watch the presentation here
Barry Cahill:  “Icarus Revisited: The Short Life and Tragic Death of Norman McLeod Rogers“. 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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