Meetings & Events

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2021

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.

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

Wednesday, September 15th: Napanee author John Immerseel will discuss his recent book For a Better Life: Post-War Dutch Immigration to Canada with special reference to the prominent Dutch community resident in Kingston.

Wednesday, October 20th: Dr. Anastasi Riehl of the Queen’s University Strathy Language Research Unit will discuss her investigation of the emergence of distinct language patterns and distinctive vocabulary on Wolfe Island over time.

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.

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.

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 June 19:Kingston Branch OGS present Carol Ufford and Dawn Kelly talking on “Murder and Mayhem/Settlers and Sinners/Colonists and Criminals – More Thrilling Stories from New France.”

Visit here to get the Zoom link and pre-register (free) for the meeting.

Tuesday June 29th, 3 pm., the Hastings County Historical Society and Belleville Public Library present Orland French talking on “Hastings County Road Trips: In Search of Historic Plaques”

Call 613 968 6731 extension 2049 to register

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 (free) right away or at any time over the summer, here.

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