Kingston Historical Society
P.O. Box 54
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 4V6, CANADA

kingstonhs@gmail.com



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2011
murney-drwg_5399.jpgKingston Historical Society, est. 1893

Welcome to the Kingston Historical Society

The Kingston Historical Society (KHS) is an active group working to create, foster and maintain interest in the history and heritage of the City of Kingston and its environs. We do this in many ways, including monthly meetings with guest speakers, a monthly newsletter (Limelight), a yearly journal (Historic Kingston), and by operating the Murney Tower National Historic Site as a museum. Please take a moment to explore our website for more information, interesting facts and pictures.

The objects of the Society are:
  • To create, foster and maintain interest in the history and heritage of the City of Kingston and its environs;
  • To provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of papers with relevant historical content and to provide for the publication of such papers;
  • To organize, supervise, manage, promote and assist in providing and maintaining historical museums, plaques, cairns, and other monuments to the historical past;
  • To acquire documents, maps, books, photographs and other historical data and tangible articles of historic interest with a view to the preservation and display as such articles at such times and in such places as may be decided upon by the Society; and
  • To be an advocate for the preservation of buildings and areas of historic interest in the City of Kingston and district.

What's New

Friday June 6th COMMEMORATION SERVICE of the Death of Sir John A. Macdonald

The Kingston Historical Society invites you to remember Sir John A. Macdonald on Friday, 6 June, 2014, with an event that combines commemoration, pageantry, history and conviviality in a special outdoor setting. Please join us at 1:30 p.m. in Kingston’s Cataraqui Cemetery to remember Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John Alexander Macdonald, who died on this day in 1891.

This annual commemorative ceremony features members of the Fort Henry Guard, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Bellevue House Staff in period dress, as well as many dignitaries and representatives of local organizations who will lay wreathes at the grave.

This year our guest speaker is Mr. John Boyko who has recently published Blood and Daring: How Canada fought The American Civil War and Forged A Nation. His address is titled Saving the Nation and and his thesis is that it was only Sir John A. Macdonald's tenacious negotiating skills that saved Canada.

Before and after the ceremony, all visitors are welcome to tour the historic and picturesque Cataraqui Cemetery which is now a National Historic Site. (972 Purdy Mills Road off Counter Street). Refreshments will be served in the outdoors chapel following the service. .

Saturday, June 7th: Barriefield Village’s Heritage Festival

Barriefield celebrates 200 years! Heritage Festival in Barriefield Village, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This charming old world village is near Fort Henry, Kingston. It is off of Hwy 15 just north of the intersection of Hwy 15 & Hwy 2. There will be exhibitions of heritage trades and crafts, walking tours, wagon rides, musicians, children's games, Victorian Tea, and much more. Free Admittance. Details at www.barriefieldvillage.com.

In 1814, while the War of 1812 still raged, the village of Barriefield was established by the Hon. Richard Cartwright on part of his property near the Royal Naval Shipyards (now the Royal Military College).Now, 200 years later, the village is inviting everyone to celebrate this anniversary at a Heritage Festival on June 7th, 10 – 4. The event will include demonstrations of heritage crafts and trades (boatbuilding, woodworking, blacksmithing, spinning, carpentry, etc.), as well as wagon rides, walking tours, heritage children’s games, screening of a new film about Barriefield, musical performances by the Communications and Electronics Vimy Band, the Sessioneers, the Open Voices Community Choir, the Celtic Rumblings, and the Townsmen, the re-opening of the Frontenac County Schools Museum, and a Victorian Tea at St. Mark’s Church. People are encouraged to come in historic costume!


Upcoming Events

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2014 Executive & Council

President Peter Gower
Past President Gordon Sinclair
Vice President Vacant
Secretary Don Richardson
Treasurer Randall Levi
Elected Councillors Nancy Day
Warren Everett
Peter Ginn
Ben Holthof
Alan MacLachlan
Ron Ridley
Paul Van Nest
John Whiteley
Appointed Councillors Nancy Day
Warren Everett
Peter Ginn
Ben Holthof
Alan MacLachlan
Ron Ridley
Paul Van Nest
John Whiteley
Editor, Historic Kingston Duncan McDowall (2014) & Marcus Letourneau (2015)
Editor, Limelight Eva Barnes
Chair, Murney Tower Committee Graeme Watson