Meetings & Events

The meeting on October 18th will be a hybrid meeting: 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.

The Zoom link is sent to members on the Friday preceding the program. Non-members please email before 6 p.m. on the day of the meeting for the Zoom link.

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.

View Outside Events of Interest

Please scroll down for the links to our previous meetings available for viewing on YouTube.


Upcoming Meetings

Next Meeting

October 18: Chris West, Board chair of the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes,  will help us welcome the new museum ship — the Grand Lake liner S.S. Keewatin to Kingston’s waterfront with an illustrated lecture on the ship and its new role in Kingston.

November 15: Kingston has long relied on haunted walks and its role as penitentiary warden of the nation to bolster its tourism. Queen’s doctoral candidate Kaitlyn MacDonald’s research into what is called “Dark Tourism” will delve beyond the superficial into the historical construction behind our fascination with the abnormal and suggest ways in which such analysis may be used to enhance both our historical understanding and tourism management. For the Zoom link, please email before 6 p.m. on the day of the meeting.


Past meetings available on YouTube


January: James and Sarah Reid:The Story of the James Reid Funeral HomeYou can watch the presentation here.

February: Annual General Meeting. You can watch the meeting here and the update on the Murney Tower from Dr. Tabitha Renaud, the Tower’s Director, and Simge Erdogan-O’Connor, the Manager and Curator, with the latest news on what activities been happening, and the plans for 2023 here The Financial Statements for 2022 are here  The 2023 AGM document is here

Heritage Meeting. Dr. Robert Banks talk  is available in audio here The sound quality is not great, but your ear will get used to the echo!

March: Military historian Dr. Matthew BarrettGraphic art – cartooning – to convey historical narrative and analysisYou can watch the presentation here 

April: John Grenville talked on “The Market Battery”. You can watch the presentation here

May: Graeme Roy, presented “How the telegraph connected Canadians in the early years of Confederation”. You can watch the presentation here

June: The Sir John A Macdonald commemoration meeting can be viewed here


January: Dr. Robert Engen: “Weathering the Storm: Health Protection and the Canadian Corps during the Pandemic of 1918“. You can watch the presentation here

February: Catherine Fogarty: “Murder on the Inside: the 1971 KP Riot”. You can watch the presentation here.

March: Ken Cuthbertson: “When the Ponies Ran“. You can watch the presentation here

April: Maurice Smith: “The Calvin Company four-master barque”. You can watch the presentation here.

June: Murray Sinclair and the Sir John A Macdonald memorial service. You can view the video here.

September: Nathan Brinklow “Mohawk Language Loss and Recovery“. You can view the video here.

October: Peter Gower “The changing attitude to memorializing our war dead, 1800 – 2022“. You can view the video here.

November: David Gordon and Sara Wehbi: “Mayor Clifford Curtis: Queen’s Economist and Municipal Reformer” You can view the video 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.


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

February: 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.

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

April: 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.

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

June: We presented the 2021 Sir John A Macdonald Commemorative Service from Cataraqui Cemetery. Watch the Service here

September: 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

October: Duncan McDowall: “Edward Peacock finds Fame and Fortune in London“. You can watch the presentation here

November: Barry Cahill:  “Icarus Revisited: The Short Life and Tragic Death of Norman McLeod Rogers“. You can watch the presentation here


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Outside events of interest

Canadian Club Kingston meets on October 12, 2023 to hear  Dr. Jane Philpott, Dean – Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Queen’s University talk on “Transforming Health Sciences Education with Radical  Collaboration” Further details here

Canadian Club Kingston meets on November 9, 2023 to hear Brian Porter, Historian, Portrayer of Sir John A. Macdonald talk on  “Sir John A. Macdonald”. Further details here

Canadian Club Kingston meets on December 14, 2023 to hear  Donna Gillespie CEO Kingston Economic Development Corporation, talk on  “Kingston’s Economic Outlook” Further details here

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