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Editors of Historic Kingston

​Richard Preston, Vol. 4, 1955
George Stanley, Vol. 5, 1956 – Vol. 7, 1958
H. Pearson Gundy, Vol. 8, 1957 – Vol. 23, 1975
William Angus, Vol. 24, 1976 – Vol. 34, 1986
Donald A. Redmond, Vol. 35, 1987 – Vol. 47, 1999
Brian Osborne, Vol. 48, 2000
Jane Errington and Brian Osborne, Vol. 49, 2001 – Vol. 50, 2002
Jane Errington, Vol. 51, 2003 – Vol. 53, 2005
Jane Errington and Brian Osborne, Vol. 54, 2006
Paul Banfield, Vol. 55, 2007
Hazel Fotheringham, Vol. 59, 2011 – Vol. 61, 2013
Duncan McDowall, Vol. 62, 2014
Marcus Letourneau, Vol. 63, 2015 – Vol 64, 2016
Virginia Letourneau, Vol 65, 2017 – Vol 66, 2017
Peter Gower, Vol 67, 2017 –

Content of Volumes 61 – 70

Volume 70 – 2020  Cover: “Cranberry Lake” by Franklin Carmichael

The Land and the Waters We Share by Terri-Lynn Brennan

70 years of Historic Kingston  by Bruce Cossar 

Paint and Paper: The Group of Seven and the First World War by Laura Brandon

Davis & Son, Tanners in Kingston, 1903 to 1973 by John Duerkop

Who made the Drawings of St. George’s and the Kingston City Hall in the Collection of the Fort Henry National Historic Site?  by Paul Christianson

Some Epochs in the Story of Old Kingston by Agnes Maule Mahar

“Presents”, the Duke of Richmond and Queen’s University Archives  by Susan M. Bazely

The 19181920 Spanish Flu in Kingston by Peter Gower

Valuable Lessons Learned by KFL&A Pubic Health from Tackling the First Wave of COVID-19 by Suzanne Biro

Kingston’s ‘Liliputian’ Crystal Palace: Canada’s First Permanent Exhibition Hall by Jennifer McKendry

Snake Island by John Grenville


Volume 69 – 2019 Cover: “A Decided Fling”

CFB Kingston During the 1990s Federal Debt Crisis by Brent Mills                                                                                                                                                        

Being Prime Minister: “Behind the scene stories of Canadian leaders by J D M Stewart

‘Don’t you know what they did o Alex Rose?”: Crises and Criminalities at the Kingston Penitentiary during the First World War by Cameron Mills

Lord Sydenham: Our last Governor General and our first Prime Minister by Brent Raycroft

1st Battalion, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, 1940-1945: The KIngston Connection by William J Patterson

John A. Macdonald and Reconciliation by Christopher Moore

Honourable Alexander Mackenzie: Canada’s stonemason prime minister by John Morgan

Two visions to address the Sydenham Ward ‘Slum’: Urban renewal in Kingston, 1955-70 by David Gordon and Ellen McGowan

The Ordnance Survey of Kingston: Britain’s Response to the American Civil War by John Grenville

Volume 68 – 2018 
Cover: The Queenston at York

Crisis, Controversy and Opportunity: Sir John A. Macdonald as Kingston Alderman, 1843-1846 by Bryan Paterson
The Impact of the United States on Canada’s Confederation by Paul Van Nest
Freedom Bound: The Black Loyalists’ Story by Jean Rae Baxter
Joseph George: His Life in Kingston 1842 – 1910 by Rick Neilson
Kingston During the American Civil War by Bruce Cossar
The Ives Family of Kingston and the Detroit Frontier by Walter Lewis
John A. Macdonald “At Rest.”: What is meant and what it means today by Patrice Dutil
Reassessing the Origin and Early History of Two Royal Navy Buildings on Point Frederick by Robert Banks and Susan Bazely
She Shoots! She Scores! The Red Barons Women’s Hockey Team by Catherine Cartwright, Annabelle Twiddy, Janean Gerow Sergeant and Carolyn Aylesworth
The Kingston Legacy of George Taylor Richardson by Peter Gower
The Queen City Oil Co. Ltd. Warehouse by John Duerkop

Volume 67 – 2017 (From this volume on, the year of the volume reflects the year in which the talks were given to the Society) Cover: Molly Brant
Sir John A. Macdonald and Oliver Mowat by John Gerretson
The Governor and His Lady by Jean Rae Baxter
“We all die sometime”: The Lost Cemeteries of Kingston: An Archaeological Perspective of Forgotten Landscapes by Susan M. Bazely
Rooney Castle and the War of 1812 Defence of the Western Approaches to Kingston by John Grenville
Fenian Attacks on Canada by William L. McKine
Reflecting on 100 years of Confederation by Hugh Segal
The Story of the Kingston Municipal Airfield, 1929 – 1942 by Lucinda Bray
Bringing History toLife: Molly Brant and Sir John A. Macdonald by Gesina Laird-Buchanan
Is there more to Elrond College than an ugly building on Princess Street? by Duncan McDowall

Volume 66 – 2017 Cover: The Hill 70 Memorial at Loos-en-Gohelle, France
The 201st Birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald by The Right Reverend Michael Bedford-Jones
Housing Crisis in Kingston: The Response by Wartime Housing Limited by John Grenville
In the time of Cholera: the 1832 Pandemic in Kingston by Maxime Chouinard
Daily Life in the 1940s in Kingston’s Wartime Housing Community by Lucinda Bray
The Cartwrights in Kingston: Profitable Patriotism? by John Cartwright
Sir John A.’s Judicious Role: The Rideau Street House History by Donna Ivey
The Conservation Legacy of Ronald L. Way by Marcus Letourneau
Hill 70 – 100 Years On: Canada’s Forgotten Legacy by LCol (retired) Arthur Jordan
Neil McMullin and the Oldest Kingston House: 1796 by Thomas Sylvester

Volume 65 – 2017

This is a special issue, an anthology of most of the speeches given between 2001 and 2015 at the Graveside ceremonies on 6 June, and at the Sir John A. Birthday dinners.

Volume 64 – 2016

Cover: Canadian State prisoners on trial

  • Macdonald: The Kingstonian, the Lawyer and the Leader by Thomas A Cromwell
  • The Latin Inscriptions of Kingston, Ontario by Bernard Kavanagh
  • The Railway – an “improvement” for Kingston? by Adrian Halpert
  • Some period reflections regarding the Mass Escape from Fort Henry on 29 July 1838 by John Carter
  • Remote Sensor: Spatial Historian by Graeme Watson
  • Sir John A.: Warts and All by Bob Rae
  • Good Old Schooldays: Early Education in Kingston by Gordon Sly
  • The Education of a Leader: Joseph Brant and the School that became Dartmouth College by Jean Rae Baxter
  • Collecting Sir John A. memorabilia by Paul Fritz
  • Fort Frontenac: 1755 – 1758 by Col. J. L. H. Neilson

Volume 63 – 2015

Cover: Kingston Harbour from the Cupola of City Hall, about 1860

  • Happy is the Nation with no History, by Sarah Gibson
  • A boy, a company, a town by John Fielding
  • Kingston’s Bell Telephone Company: New technology, New Building by John Grenville
  • Before Annexation: Aspects of Portsmouth Village Life, 1859-1951 by Bruce Cossar
  • Kingston and the “Prevailing Malady:” The Limestone City and the Spanish “Flu”
  • Sir John The Survivor by John Boyko
  • Artful Dressing: The Fashion of Agnes Etherington by Carolyn Dowdell
  • An informal look at Kingston in 1914 by Peter Gower
  • The Second Battle of Ypres and John McCrae by Paul van Nest

VOL. 62 – 2014  

Cover Images: ship painting (detail) by Peter Rindlisbacher; the Macdonald locket, coll. Library & Archives Canada

  • Face to Face – the Sculpting of John A. Macdonald, by Ruth Abernethy
  • God Save the King?: The Evolution of Loyalty In the Limestone City, I8l9-1841, by Stephen Smith
  • Madeleine de Roybon D’Allone: A Female Protagonist in the Founding of Cataraqui? by Julie Caton
  • From “contemptible little guard” to “Ontario’s Own”: The History of the Fort Henry Guard, 1938 to 2013, by Steve Mecredy
  • Murney Tower and its Role in the Defence of Kingston: A Synopsis, by Bob Garcia
  • Sir John A. Macdonald Graveside Memorial Service Address, by Arthur Milnes
  • “Great Conveniences for Smuggling”: The Carleton Island Raid, August 1821, and International Relations in the Wake of The War of 1812, by Walter Lewis
  • The Macdonald Locket: Love, Death and Domesticity In Upper Canada, by Julia McArthur
  • They Walked to Work: The Captains lrwin, their Times and Neighbours at Kingston’s Inner Harbour, by Donna Ivey

VOL. 61 – 2013

Cover Images: Bruce Carruthers c1879, Harriet & Charles Kelly, industrial scene by Nan Yeomans in 1950

  • Sir John A. and the Heritage of Kingston, by Peter Milliken
  • Major Bruce Carruthers: Father of Canadian Military Communications, by David McCarey
  • British Home Children: A Canadian, Communal and Personal Story, by John Fielding
  • The Geology of the Kingston Area, by Mark Badham
  • “How did we get to Aberdeen Street?” Town and Gown Relations between Queen’s and Kingston, 1960s to l980s, by Duncan McDowall
  • John A. Macdonald, the Bay of Quinte and Prince Edward County 1824-1835, by David Warrick
  • “Fair Fugitive”: The Life and Legacy of Harriet Powel, by Joanne Stanbridge
  • Mud, Mire and Inconvenience: Walking in Nineteenth-Century Kingston, by Georgia Carley
  • When Coal Was King: The Nineteenth Century Kingston Water Works, by Henk Wevers