The indexes of Historic Kingston volumes 1 to 54 are available in five print volumes (1-20, 21-25, 26-33, 34-44 and 45-54) at $10 each,  including postage. The format in each index is different. They can now be searched on the  Kingston and Frontenac Public Library pages, here. Click Explore the Indexes or Search the Index on the left of the Library screen to continue.

The indexes of Historic Kingston volumes 55 to 73 are available on this website. The names index is here, and the topics index is here.

Back copies of Historic Kingston, with some exceptions, are available at $25 each, post paid. If you want one article, or some pages, they are available as pdf documents at $1 a page, with a $10 minimum. Send inquiries and requests to

Researchers should also note that the annual publications of papers given to the Pittsburgh Historical Society are available on the shelves of the downtown Kingston branch of the Kingston and Frontenac Public Library. They have not been digitalized. KHS has available for sale (at $5 if delivered in Kingston, or $10 if mailed) copies of many of the issues. See here for contents. These are not always new copies. The following years are not available for sale: 1982, 1989-1995, 2007, and 2010. We also have some copies of “1976 – 1996: Remembering our First Twenty Years”. A number of talks were given both to KHS and in Pittsburgh.

Editors of Historic Kingston

Volumes 1 – 3: Unknown, but probably Richard Preston
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 – Vol.57 2009
Hazel Fotheringham, Vol. 58, 2010 – 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 – 73

Volume 73 – 2023 Cover: SS Keewatin

The James Reid Funeral Home, Established 1854 by Sarah Reid, with Jim Reid
Warriors and Warships: Conflict on the Great Lakes and the Legacy of Point Frederick by Robert Banks
Through Their Eyes: Graphic History and Drawing the First World War by Matthew Barrett
The Market Battery by John Grenville
How the telegraph connected Canadians in the early years of Confederation by Graeme Roy</br />Sir John A.: a Canadian Superhero?
by Dr. Duncan McDowall
Box Socials and Chicken Suppers: Learning about life and language on Wolfe Island by
Dr. Anastasia Riehl
The SS Keewatin comes to Kingston
by Chris West
Dark Tourism
by Kaitlyn MacDonald

Volume 72 – 2022 Cover: Corner of King and Barrie Streets, Kingston, Ont, Canada

Weathering the Storm: Health Protection and the Canadian Corps during the Pandemic of 1918 by Dr. Robert Engen
Architects working in the Kingston Region, 1820 – 1930 by Dr. Jennifer McKendry
Murder on the Inside by Catherine Fogarty
The Kingston Ponies by Ken Cuthbertson
The Calvin Company and its construction of an ocean-going barque on Garden Island by Maurice Smith
A slightly different light: a more complex image of Sir John A. Macdonald by The Honourable Murray Sinclair
Mohawk Language Loss and Recovery by Dr. Nathan Brinklow
The changing attitude to memorializing our war dead, 1800- 2022 by Peter Gower
Clifford Austin Curtis: Professor, Mayor, and Community Planning Advocate by Dr. David Gordon and Sara Wehbi
Two families under one roof: The Berminghams ans Macklems of 18 Barrie Street by Dr. Duncan McDowall
The Architectural Heritage of 18 Barrie Street by Dr. Jennifer McKendry

Volume 71 – 2021 Cover: “Examining new arrivals at Pier 21”

The Fight for History by Tim Cook
Kingston Through Her Eyes: Harriet Dobbs Cartwright and Her Adopted Home by Victoria Cosby
The Lighthouses of Kingston: Guiding Ships through the graveyard of Lake Ontario, 1826 to 1914 by Marc Seguin
Without Words: The Communication Barrier between Indigenous Peoples and the Earliest European Explorers in North America by Tabitha Renauld
Community Archiving: the KIngston LGBTQ Archives as Collaborative Model by Heather Home and Janice McAlpine
6 June 2021: An Introduction by Don Richardson
Commemoration of Sir John A. Macdonald’s death by Hugh Segal
For a Better Life: Post-War Dutch Immigration to Canada by John Immersee
Edward Peacock finds Fame and Fortune in London by Duncan McDowall
Contamination, clean-up and proposed development of the Davis Tannery Site: a moving target by Pam Welbourne
Icarus Revisited: The brief, brilliant career of Norman MacLeod Rogers by Barry Cahill
Around the Room in 40 Bookmarks: The Local History Room at Kingston Frontenac Public Library by Jo Stanbridge
Page 180 of Ms. Stanbridge’s article, the first 26 bookmarks, is here.  Page 181 with the remaining bookmarks is here.

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 scenes stories of Canadian leaders
by J D M Stewart
‘Don’t you know what they did to 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 Cover: Sir John A. Macdonald standing

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 Birthday dinners.

John A. Macdonald and Aboriginal Canada by Donald Smith, January 2001
What Can Non-Partisans and Partisans Learn From Sir John A. Macdonald’s Career by Hugh Segal, January 2003
Sir John A. Macdonald Commemorative Dinner by Peter MacKay, January 2004
Ambition and Loyalty: The Making of John A. Macdonald and Confederation by Rudyard Griffiths, January 2005
Sir John A. Macdonald and Defence: A Few Unfamiliar Thoughts by Desmond Morton, January 2006
John A.’s Nose by H. V. Nelles, January 2007
John A.: The Man Who Made Us by Richard Gwyn, January 2008
Sir John A.’s Lessons for the Liberal Party of Canada by Thomas S. Axworthy, January 2009
Sir John A.’s Women by Charlotte Gray, January 2010
“Treat Them as a Nation”: Sir John A. and the French Fact in Canada by Graham Fraser, January 2011
Sir John A. and the Heritage of Kingston by Peter Milliken, January 2012
Face to Face – the Sculpting of John A. Macdonald by Ruth Abernethy, January 2013
“Happy is the Nation with No History” by Sarah Gibson, January 2014
Sir John A. Macdonald: The Kingston Connection by Helen Cooper, June 2000
Sir John A. Macdonald and the Cultural Life of the New Dominion by Ian E. Wilson, June 2003
Cast in Bronze: Commemorating Sir John A. Macdonald by Christina Cameron, June 2004
You’ll Never Dir, Sir John! by Herb Grey, June 2005
Mackenzie King’s Macdonald by Sean Conway, June 2006
“Beneath the green and flowery sod, beneath the waving and weeping foliage”: Sir John A. Macdonald and Cataraqui Cemetery by Jennifer McKendry, June 2007
What Would Sir John Do? by Roy MacSkimming, June 2008
John A. Macdonald and Kingston Voters by Ged Martin, June 2009
The End of Sir John A. Macdonald as a Symbol of Canada by Yves Y. Pelletier, June 2011
Sir John A. Macdonald Graveside Memorial Service Address by Arthur Milnes, June 2013
Sir John, the Survivor by John Boyko, June 2014

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: 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 McArthuThey Walked to Work: The Captains lrwin, their Times and Neighbours at Kingston’s Inner Harbour, by Donna Ivey​

VOL. 61 – 2013 Cover: 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