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.

Virtual talks.

Wednesday, January 20th Dr. Tim Cook spoke on “Forgetting, Remembering and Remaking Canada’s Second World War.” You can watch this presentation here

Wednesday, February 17th 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.

Wednesday, March 3rd 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.

Wednesday, April 14th @7:00 pm via Zoom

Dr. Tabitha Renaud will speak on Without Words: The Communication Barrier between Indigenous Peoples and the Earliest European Explorers in North America.

To receive an invitation to join us on Zoom, please send a request to

For hundreds of years historians have glossed over how First Peoples and the earliest European explorers communicated with one another during their first meetings. How did they convey information back and forth? How effective was this process? This talk returns to seminal episodes of “first encounter” to closely examine how people in reality communicated and how our broadening understanding of this earliest interaction between the settler society and our First Nations can change traditional historical interpretations and why it matters so vitally today.

Dr. Tabitha Renaud completed her PhD in history at Queen’s University under the supervision of Dr. Jane Errington and specialized in studying early encounters between Indigenous peoples and European explorers in the Americas. Tabitha serves as the Managing Director and chair of the Murney Tower Museum Committee as well as a Councillor of the Kingston Historical Society.  She has also volunteered with the Kingston Association of Museums, Galleries and Historic Sites (KAM), Kingston Regional Heritage Fair, Beyond Classrooms Kingston, Smiths Falls Heritage house Museum Advisory Board and the Lower Burial Ground Restoration Society.


Wednesday, April 21st, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.via Zoom

Murney Tower Museum is delighted to invite you to its first “Meet and Greet” session, an online conversation series featuring the Museum’s Director, Dr. Tabitha Renaud, and Manager and Curator, Simge Erdogan-O’Connor. The leadership team will be hosting this online event on Zoom to discuss the museum’s ongoing projects and  activities and answer any questions you may have about the Murney Tower. Come and join the museum team for an engaging Zoom conversion about our beloved museum. Please register at
and you will be sent Zoom log-in details a day before the event

Wednesday, May 12th at 7:00 pm via Zoom

Heather Home & Janice McAlpine will speak on Community Archiving: the Kingston LGBTQ Archives as Collaborative Model.”

Community archiving is a documentation strategy aimed at working with a community to create archives, the objective being to have stories of the past told by those intimately involved in the activities, and resulting outcomes, of that lived experience. It is not about establishing a history; it is about revealing a history. The presenters will look at this type of community work in the ground-breaking creation of the Kingston LGBTQ collection at the Queen’s University Archives.

Heather Home is an archivist at Queen’s University specializing in cultural and social records; Janice McAlpine is a Kingston community member.

To receive an invitation to join us on Zoom, please send a request to

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.

Outside Events of historical interest open to the public

Canadian Club webinar. The Canadian Club invites our members to their next meeting:
Mike Hill will speak on  “Kingston Wreck Diving”: The Marine Wreck Capital of the World.
Thursday, 8 April, starting at 1 p.m. To join their webinar, email John Chown: and he will arrange for you to receive the link.

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