Category Archives: Exhibits

Use this category for any and all exhibits: art exhibits, community exhibits, local history displays, temporary things set up on tables or carts in the lobby, displays we host for outside groups. These posts will show up on the Exhibits page in chronological order.

March Gallery Exhibit – Mark Grimason ‘Tanzania: A Photographic Safari’

  This March, the Kingston Public Library will feature the photographs of Mark Grimason. In this exhibit, ‘Tanzania: A Photographic Safari’, he expresses through photography his enduring interest in the natural world. The beauty of Tanzania’s nature will be on view with the lions, the cheetahs, the serval cats and more. There are four different kingfisher birds, each with their own unique colors of feathers, martial and tawny eagles. There are zebras, elephants, cape buffalo and more.

“I have always been interested in the natural world and viewing wildlife. While trying to identify birds, I discovered that photographing them and looking them up later in a guide was easier than doing it in the field. This led me into wildlife photography”

“Photographing wildlife has taught me patience. I have learned over time that it is better to wait for the subject to come to you than to pursue it. It is very enjoyable and exciting waiting for the subject to arrive. Photography has given me one more reason to enjoy the natural world, and I do enjoy being out there.”

Mark Grimason, a 1977 graduate of Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, has been a Kingston resident for 34 years.  True to his love of wildlife and the environment, he is a member of the Mass. Audubon Society, the Jones River Watershed, the North and South River Watershed, and the Wildlands Trust. He has photographed wildlife in and around New England as well as Yellowstone National Park, the Florida Everglades, and the Galapagos Islands. His work can be seen at Mark is also an avid sea kayaker and cyclist.

Because there is no electricity at the Library following the storm, this reception has been postponed.  A reception for Mark will be held on Saturday, March 3 from 2 to 4 PM in the Children’s activities room. The reception is free and open to all, and refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on view in the library’s gallery throughout March.

Emily Fuller Drew dressed as a pilgrim

Emily Fuller Drew: Historian and Photographer

Emily Fuller Drew dressed as a pilgrim
Emily Fuller Drew dressed as a pilgrim, c. 1921


In honor of Women’s History Month, March’s local history exhibit will feature materials from Emily Fuller Drew (1881-1950), who we have to thank for much of what we know about Kingston’s history. She put in an enormous of amount of work to help preserve the history of this town. Leaving a collection of more than 700 lantern slides, Emily photographed existing images that were decaying in order to preserve the informational content. She also photographed a variety of houses, buildings, events, and people of Kingston. Local history was a passion for Emily, and she recorded it not only visually, but also in her numerous unpublished essays and notes.

Stop by the library to learn more about Emily and her legacy!


Source: Image from the Emily Fuller Drew Collection (MC16).

“Just a word to let you know I am still alive…”: Postcards from World War I

Postcard with image of soldiers and horses, captioned "Greetings from Camp Gordon, Atlanta, Ga."
Postcard sent by Joseph Finney to Mary Fries, postmarked November 21, 1917


When the US entered World War I in 1917 and called for a draft, Joseph Finney registered during the first round. He became one of approximately 2 million men who joined the American Expeditionary Forces, armed forces sent overseas to Europe. Throughout his service he exchanged postcards with friends and family, especially his elder sister, Ella Finney, and the woman he went on to marry upon his return, Mary Fries. Looking through this correspondence allows us to piece together a loose timeline of his experiences. Stop by the library to check out this exhibit for yourself!


Source: Image from the Joseph Cushman Finney Papers (MC11).

Ada Brewster: Civil War Nurse, Traveler, and Artist

Sketch captioned "Cow Boy from Arizona," dated April 19, 1885
Cow Boy from Arizona, April 19, 1885


Ada Brewster, born in Kingston on May 25, 1842, lived a fascinating life. She served as a nurse at Lovell General Hopsital in Rhode Island during the Civil War; worked at the U.S. Mint in Carson City, Nevada during the production of the first trade dollar coined by the federal government; studied art at the Lowell Institute in Boston and the California School of Design (now the San Francisco Art Institute); opened her own art studio and became known as a portraitist, illustrator, china-painter, and teacher; and moved all over the country before returning home to Kingston in 1919. Stop by to learn more in this month’s Local History exhibit, featuring a selection of Ada’s sketches from her time out West.


Source: This sketch comes from the Ada Brewster Collection (MC24).


Happy Holidays!

Frederic C. Adams Library, 33 Summer Street
Frederic C. Adams Library, 33 Summer Street

In the spirit of the holidays, the Local History Room’s December exhibit features a collection of limited edition holiday ornaments created by the Kingston Lions Club between 1990 and 2002. Each one bears the likeness of a Kingston icon – from the old Town House and the Faunce School, to the Old Colony Railroad Station and the Major John Bradford House. Stop by to see this local memorabilia.
Source: Image from the Local History Room Image Collection (IC7).

Shall We Dance?

Kingston High School Junior Prom, 1942
Kingston High School Junior Prom, 1942

During November, the lobby display case will feature a selection of photos, invitations, and dance cards from throughout Kingston’s history. Did you know that ballroom etiquette once prescribed ladies to carry dance cards to pencil in the names of gentlemen who had reserved a dance? Or that in 1875, Kingston residents held a Thanksgiving Ball to celebrate the holiday? Stop by to learn more!

Source: Image from the Mary Hathaway Collection (MC21).

Rand Family Stones in the Old Burying Ground, around 1925

Kingston Gravestones & Their Carvers

Rand Family Stones in the Old Burying Ground, around 1925

For the entire month of October, the lobby display case will feature a selection of photographs of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Kingston gravestones, but rather than focusing on those interred in the Old Burying Ground, this exhibit will examine the men who carved these markers. Stop by to check it out!


Source: Image from the Emily Fuller Drew Collection (MC16). 

Tura’s Pharmacy

Sometime in the 1870s an apothecary opened on Summer Street in Kingston. It would serve the Kingston community for almost a century and a half, until October 2015, when the doors closed for good.  Stop by this month and see photos and artifacts that tell  the story of Tura’s Pharmacy.

Tura’s Pharmacy, November 1979

Tura’s Pharmacy, November 1979