Events & News

Upcoming Meetings
(guests and visitors are always welcome)
The Seniors Centre is at 56 Francis Street, Kingston

Wednesday November 15th: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre
Duncan McDowell: Is there more to Elrond College than an ugly building on Princess Street?

Saturday November 18th: Genealogical Society at the Seniors Centre, 10.a.m.: Nancy Cutway will talk on "In Remembrance: Vimy and other European memorials".

Thursday November 23rd: Heritage Resource Centre, City Hall; 10.00 a.m.: Clarke Mackey, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University, will talk on "Prison Farms and Protest in Kingston". Book your seat at

Wednesday November 29th: Caledon East and District Historical Society, St. James Anglican, 6025 Old Church Road, Caledon East; 7.30 p.m. Ken Weber will talk on "Why Local History is More Interesting - and More Fun - Than Any Other Kind" Visitors $5

Saturday, December 2, 12:30 p.m. United Empire Loyallists at St. Paul’s Church Hall, 137 Queen Street, Kingston.
Adriane VanSeggelen, Conservator at the Archives of Ontario, will present “Accessing and Preserving Family Heirlooms”. Please note early start time. To be followed by the AGM.

Wednesday December 6th: Annual Awards Presentations at the Renaissance Event Centre, 285 Queen Street. 6.30 p.m.

January 1st 2018: Kingston Historical Society begins its 125th year

Saturday January 13th: at the Senior Staff Mess, Royal Military College, 6.30 for 7.00
Mayor Bryan Paterson will speak at the annual Sir John A. Macdonald birthday dinner on
Sir John A. as an alderman and local politician before he became Prime Minister
Details of how to buy tickets are in Limelight.

Wednesday January 17th: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre
Topic: TBA

Wednesday February 21st: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre
Annual General Meeting

Wednesday March 21st: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre
Topic: TBA

Wednesday April 18th: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre
Topic: TBA

Wednesday May 16th: 7.30 at the Seniors Centre
Topic: TBA

Friday May 18th: Murney Tower opens

Wednesday June 6th: 1.30 at the graveside of Sir John A Macdonald, Cataraqui Cemetery
James Laxer:   Staking Claims to a Continent: John A. Macdonald, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis and the Making of North America.

Kingston Historical Society meetings include a brief business report and a guest speaker followed by a question period and refreshments. Topics, often with accompanying images, cover a wide spectrum of regional history, the built environment, and culture.
Events include a special Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner and speech commemorating the birth of Sir John A. held each January on the Saturday closest to the 11th, (tickets and information are published in the Limelight newsletter and on this site), and the Graveside Ceremony which is held every June 6th at the Cataraqui Cemetary, a National Historic Site of Canada, to commemorate his death.