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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  • In other spelling news Gravestone of Edward Gray in Plymouth cemeteryGray’s Beach Park is named for Edward Gray, who arrived in Plymoth Colony in the 1642 and eventually became one of the the richest men around. He owned land along what later became Kingston’s shoreline, including as this notable land record,  the site of  Kingston’s little beach. And we know it’s ... Continue Reading
  • And the correct spelling is… Brochure for land sales at Ah-De-Nah, in Kingston, around 1930   Here’s a detail of an early brochure for the summer cottage development called Ah-De-Nah, circa 1930.  The name was pitched as a Native American term, but descendants of the developers, Edgar and Waldo Loring, might tell you it was just made up. Continue Reading
  • Welcome Home! Kingston Town House decorated for Welcome Home Day, 1919 Why, thank you! It’s good to be back. Continue Reading
  • Watering trough at the Point Black and white photo of a fork in the road with a watering trough at the splitIn 1888, Henry R. Glover, a wealthy manufacturer of mattresses and “curled hair” from Cambridge, donated the “Henry Glover Watering Trough” to the town for public use at the Point, the triangular plot of land at the intersection of Main and Summer Streets. Glover was the son of Rev. Samuel Glover, ... Continue Reading
  • What a mustache! Black and white photo of a middle aged man with mustacheThe following is a portrait of Frederick G. Brackett (1854-1941). In 1889, he purchased the house at 126 Brookdale Street, built by the Chandler family around 1790, along with the sawmill located off Hall’s Brook just east of the house. Brackett continued to operate the mill (which burned down in 1924) ... Continue Reading
  • Swimming lessons Swimming lessons  Source: Image from the Mary Hathaway Collection MC21. Continue Reading
  • Happy Father’s Day In honor of Father’s Day this weekend, here is a sweet moment captured by Kingston historian and photographer Emily Fuller Drew of her niece, Norma, jumping into the waiting arms of her father, Clarence Drew (Emily’s brother).   Source: Image from the Emily Fuller Drew Collection MC16. Continue Reading
  • June 1924 This photo from June 1924 shows an especially happy bunch of schoolchildren from the Center Primary School, renamed the Faunce School later that same year in honor of Walter H. Faunce, a former teacher, superintendent of schools, and town selectman.   Source: Image from the School Photograph Collection IC5.  Continue Reading
  • 60 Main Street In this photo, a group of people (unidentified) appear to be enjoying the shade on a nice, sunny day.  One of the women is holding a small dog in her arms. They’re gathered in front of the Elbridge G. Windsor House at 60 Main Street, built around 1860.   Source: Image from the ... Continue Reading
  • Letter from a mother to her daughter on the day of her wedding   On January 1, 1857, Hannah Thomas Adams married Azel Washburn, a 27-year-old fisherman. Her mother, Hannah Thomas Brewster Adams, wrote her a note which reads: To Hannah on the day of her marriage Dear and only daughter in part Farewell! Ever since your birth you have been with me and an object ... Continue Reading
  • A carriage ride on the beach A carriage ride on the beachWho’s ready for a day at the beach? Maybe not like this, but the weather sure looks nice here!   Source: Image from the Local History Room Image Collection IC7. Continue Reading
  • Memorial Day Memorial Day parade leaving Evergreen Cemetery Take a look at this snapshot of the 1946 Memorial Day parade as the procession, led by marshall Winfield Keene, exiting Evergreen Cemetery.   Source: Image from the Local History Room Image Collection IC7.   Continue Reading
  • Combating an Invasive Species: The Gypsy Moth Infestation   Today, we may see gypsy moths outside our homes or in our woodlands and think nothing of them, but this insect has a tumultuous history in the United States. In 1869, an amateur entomologist imported this species from Europe to his home in Medford, Massachusetts. He intended to use the moths to ... Continue Reading
  • Arbor Day Black and white photo. Two large blooming trees  Happy Arbor Day! Here are a couple snapshots of some lovely trees from the orchard behind “C. Drew’s house” on Summer Street. C. Drew either refers to Charles Drew or Christopher Prince Drew, co-founder of C. Drew and Company, both of whom lived on Summer Street.     Source: Images from the Emily ... Continue Reading
  • A Centennial, Military and Fancy Dress Party A flyer inviting people to attend a Centennial Military and Fancy Dress Party.  1876 marked the 100th anniversary of nationhood for the United States. On April 12th of that year, a “Centennial, Military and Fancy Dress Party” was held at Fuller’s Hall (which burned down in 1900) in support of the “Massachusetts Women’s Centennial Fund.” The invitation above was sent to Horatio Adams, ... Continue Reading
  • Childhood Hours by Cousin Benja Black and white photo. Photo of the bust of a man with curly hair and a beard  Benjamin Mitchell (1827-1865), who wrote as Cousin Benja, is featured in this month’s exhibit. He spent all of his life in Kingston and composed poetry and essays primarily about nature, God, and the spirit. The following poem is included in a collection of his works, Poems and Letters, compiled by his ... Continue Reading
  • Summer Street, 1927 Houses on Summer Street, Kingston, in 1927In March 1927, Emily Fuller Drew (seen here in her Tercentenary costume) took these photos of Summer Street, looking south toward the center of Town, just after Town Meeting voted to widen the street. Summer Street had been previously straightened and/or widened in 1846, 1856, 1905 and 1922, when a ... Continue Reading
  • Seeing double Black and white photo of a dirt road with trees. A house and a church are on the left side of the road  In the Local History Room we have a number of stereoscopic photographs, known as stereographs or stereoviews. These prints feature two nearly identical images, side by side, typically mounted on a 3.5-by-7-inch card. When viewed through a stereoscope, they create the illusion of a single three-dimensional picture. They were popular ... Continue Reading
  • On this day in 1912… Black and white photo. Three women, a man, and a dog standing in front of a large firewood pile   Here’s a snapshot taken 106 years ago. On the back, this image is captioned: March 30, 1912 On James Rickards woodlot. Father Mother Annie Grace Lead According to census records for 1910, James C. Rickard owned a farm in Plymouth, where he lived with his wife, Lydia. The four people in this photo, however, remain unidentified. Any ideas?   Source: Image ... Continue Reading
  • World Water Day World Water DayMarch 22 is World Water Day, a day to focus attention on the importance of water. In honor of the occasion, take a look at this selection of images of some of our local bodies of water.     Jones River Silver Lake   Indian Pond   Russell’s Pond   Smelt Brook   Forge Pond   To learn more about Kingston’s rivers, ponds, and ... Continue Reading