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.

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  • Major John Bradford Today marks the 281st anniversary of the death of Major John Bradford, as he died December 8, 1736. The inscription on his gravestone reads: Here lyes y body of Mayjear John Bradford who dec Decbr y 8th 1736 in y 84th year of his age he lived near 62 years with his wife Major John Bradford, born February 20, 1652, was ... Continue Reading
  • Happy Holidays! 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 ... Continue Reading
  • Thanksgiving 1917 With Thanksgiving in just a few days, check out these negatives taken by noted Kingston historian and photographer, Emily Fuller Drew (1881-1950), on a freezing Thanksgiving Day in 1917.         Source: Images from the Emily Fuller Drew Collection (MC16). Continue Reading
  • Cranberries According to a recent article in the Kingston Reporter, 20% of American cranberry consumption falls during Thanksgiving week. Our love for this particular fruit is certainly not new. This image of Keith & Adams cranberry bog on Summer Street dates back to around 1885.   Source: Image is from the Mary Hathaway Collection (MC21). Continue Reading
  • The (Almost) Centennial of the End of World War I Today marks the 99th anniversary of the armistice agreement between Germany and the Allies, ending the actual fighting (though the war did not officially end until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919). November 11th became known as Armistice Day until 1954, when the United States ... Continue Reading
  • Winter is coming The chill in the air this week reminds us that winter is right around the corner. Soon we’ll all be bundled up like these Center Primary students from the winter of 1926! Source: This image is from the School Photographs Collection (IC5). Continue Reading
  • Shall We Dance? 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 ... Continue Reading
  • Happy Halloween! Costume Contest at Kingston Elementary School, 1952Take a look at these Halloween costume winners at Kingston Elementary School back in 1952!   Source: This image is from the School Photographs Collection (IC5). Continue Reading
  • Ted Avery’s Costume Shop Ted Avery standing in the doorway of his costume shopWhile going through a box of photographs, I came across this striking image of Ted Avery, holding a mask in front of his face just inside the doorway of his costume shop on Summer Street. With Halloween just around the corner, it was too fitting not to share!   Source: Image from ... Continue Reading
  • On this day in 1919… Welcome Home Parade, 1919October 18, 1919 was a known as “Welcome Home Day” in Kingston in honor of its servicemen and nurses returning from World War I. The “Welcome Home Committee” presented each with a bronze token of appreciation for service to the town and country, and sponsored festivities that included the parade ... Continue Reading
  • 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: ... Continue Reading
  • Hello to Autumn! Rally Day Postcard, 1915 Happy first day of fall! In celebration of the occasion, check out this postcard from around 1915. The message on the back reads: “We need you on Rally Day. Remember the date: October 29. Do not disappoint. Help us make this our best Rally Day. Cordially yours, Grace W. Cobb”. ... Continue Reading
  • Summer’s Last Hurrah As we enjoy the last week or so of summer, take a look at this fantastic image taken by Kingston historian and photographer, Emily Fuller Drew, showing the Bearse and Drew families enjoying a clambake. It was taken around 1925 and gets even more interesting the longer you look at ... Continue Reading
  • Summertime, and vacation! Unidentified sailboat, no dateTwo summer-related announcements. First, the new exhibit in the LHR’s lobby display case featured selected images of Kingston summers gone by. Just as we do today, past Kingston residents and visitors enjoyed the warmth of the brief New England summers. Stop by and have a look! Second, the Local History Room will ... Continue Reading
  • What’s in a name? There’s a spot in Kingston just west of Exit 9 on Route 3, elevation about 68 feet, which has been long known as Thomas’ Hill. In her 1933 description of Kingston place names, Emily Fuller Drew tells us ... Continue Reading
  • Tura’s Pharmacy Tura's PharmacyFrom the 1870s until last October, Kingston had a drugstore on Summer Street. Tura’s Pharmacy has a long history, and it’s on display in the Local History Room’s exhibit case this month. Stop by the Library and check it out. Continue Reading
  • Merry Christmas Merry ChristmasFrom the fabulous Finney postcards comes this touching glimpse of two mischievous vandals and their squirrel sidekick pranking Santa while he naps. For more Christmas goodness from the Local History Room , see here and here.   Source: Joseph Cushman Finney Papers MC11 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and ... Continue Reading
  • Laddie: A Christmas Story Laddie: A Christmas StoryJust for the holidays! Stop by the Library and see Laddie. This is Elspeth Hardy’s first grade class at the Faunce School (then called Center Primary) in 1915. In 1928, she would help another group of students write a book, as she explains in the preface. Continue Reading
  • Welcome Home from the War to End All Wars Welcome Home from the War to End All WarsFor more on Kingston’s Welcome Home parade, see this post.   Source: Emily Fuller Drew Collection MC16. Negatives scanned with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and digitized at the Boston Public Library in conjunction with the Digital Commonwealth) For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, ... Continue Reading
  • Happy Halloween from 1952 Happy Halloween from 1952    Source: School Photographs IC5 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at piqueoftheweek.wordpress.com Continue Reading