Kingston Historical Society
P.O. Box 54
Kingston, Ontario

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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  • To provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of papers with relevant historical content and to provide for the publication of such papers;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

A new Executive for 2015 was elected at the Annual General Meeting held February 18th. 

     President:  Peter Gower
     Vice-President:  Corinne Harrison
     Secretary:  Don Richardson
     Treasurer:  Peter Ginn
     Past President:  Gordon Sinclair

     Councillors:  Betty Andrews, Joe Brites, Nancy Day, Ben Holthof, Anne Richardson, Paul Van Nest, John Whiteley

     Appointed:  Director Murney Tower-Graeme Watson; Editor Historic Kingston-Marcus Letourneau; Editor Limelight-Corinne Harrison

Annual Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner -- 200th Anniversary

The Annual Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner was held this year at the Senior Staff Mess at the Royal Military College on Saturday, January 10th, 2015. This dinner was SOLD OUT in record time as it was the 200th Anniversary of the birth of our first Prime Minister.  It was a splendid evening of fine dining, period music, historical pageantry and food for thought. Our special guest speaker was the Honourable Mr. Justice Thomas Cromwell of the Supreme Court of Canada, a former lawyer and resident of Kingston. Check back to see photos of the event.

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 Saturday, 6 June, 2015, 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 Honourable Robert Keith (Bob) Rae, OC, O.Ont.

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.

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