Local History Room


Welcome to the online home page of the Kingston Public Library’s Local History Room and Special Collections – the largest known repository of historical materials documenting the history and development of the town of Kingston and the people who have lived here.

Kingston was incorporated as a town in 1726, but its history reaches back to the very beginning of Plymouth Colony.

Preserving the heritage of the community is an important role of the public library. Our Local History Room strives to enhance the understanding of Kingston’s history through services we offer and items from our Special Collections such as essays, letters, diaries, photographs, and maps detailing the history of Kingston. This page connects you to people, places, and events that have become a part of Kingston’s history.

Every month the Local History Room puts together a new exhibit to showcase the materials in our collections. Check out the great variety of exhibits we’ve show in the past.

Please note that some of our materials are stored offsite and require 24-hour notice for use. For more information, email the Archivist at history@kingstonpubliclibrary.org or call 781-585-0517 x6277.

Pique of the Week

Pique of the Week is a quick, fun way to dip into the collections as we put them online.  We want to share what piqued our curiosity this week, but we also want you to talk to us.  Let us know what you think and what you want to see.