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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  • A little walk on Summer Street A little walk on Summer StreetWARNING: For the historical thought experiment that follows, imagine there’s no traffic on Route 3A/Summer Street. Yes, it’s not easy, and if you can’t persuade yourself, please DON’T stand in the middle of the street! You have been warned! Stand in the middle of Summer Street just south of Evergreen and ... Continue Reading
  • Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving!Last year, a great color postcard really captured the festivities of the holiday, and the year before, a little dance card prompted a step into the many varieties of the quadrille.  This year, Helen Foster provides a look back at Thanksgiving in Kingston history.  Above, a preliminary sketch she drew ... Continue Reading
  • Kingston Cops Kingston CopsIn 1954 Town Meeting Voted: That the sum of $2,200 be transferred from unappropriated available funds in the treasury for the purchase of a so-called station wagon type vehicle, to be used as an ambulance for the Police Department and authorize the Selectmen to turn in the present Hudson now owned ... Continue Reading
  • An Army to Gather the Crop. An Army to Gather the Crop.  This month’s exhibit is a glimpse into the long history of cranberries in Kingston. Stop by the Library to gather some trivia to show off at Thanksgiving dinner! Continue Reading
  • Back to the tropics? Back to the tropics?      Sometime back, coconuts mysteriously appeared in a “Kingston” photo. Today, the mystery was nearly solved, but not quite.  This print by Huc Mazelet Luquiens, a Massachusetts-born artist known for his images of Hawaii, had been hidden between a silhouette of Abby Bosworth Holmes Jones and the back of the frame that ... Continue Reading
  • Howland’s Lane Bridge Howland's Lane Bridge Two years ago, we noted that the wooden planks in the Howland’s Lane bridge over the railroad tracks needed to be replaced, an  issue had been under discussion for a decade.  The bridge, built in the 1870s and renovated during the 1930s, is now closed for repairs.  Rocky Nook’s primary ... Continue Reading
  • 202 years ago next Monday… 202 years ago next Monday...On September 20, 1808, the President sent this to the inhabitants of Kingston in response to their earlier petition about the Embargo Act of 1807.  As form letters go, this is a good one. Continue Reading
  • For medicinal purposes and no other For medicinal purposes and no otherTo Mr. Seth Drew In accordance with the provisions of the statues of 1855 Chap. 215 you are hereby appointed an Agent of the Town of Kingston to purchase Spiritous or Intoxicating liquors and sell the same at your residence to the inhabitants of said town to be used in the ... Continue Reading
  • Back in the classroom, open your books Back in the classroom, open your booksCaptioned by the teacher’s grand-niece, this photograph shows the seventh and eight grades at the Center Primary. This school house is now known as the Faunce School.  For another class photo, see here. Continue Reading
  • Sailing, Sailing Sailing, SailingKingston’s storied history of building ocean-going sailing vessels stretches from about 1713, when shipwright Samuel Drew and his son Cornelius set up shop on the Jones River, until 1874, when Edward Holmes launched the brig Helen A. Holmes, or perhaps until 1898 when Edward Ransom built only Kingston’s only steamer, ... Continue Reading
  • Cushman’s Store – Outside and In Cushman's Store - Outside and InThe house at 196 Main Street, partially visible on the left in the photo above, stands on land purchased in 1785 by David Beal, and was probably built around then.  The store wing was added in 1794.  Beal’s son, David Jr., then his son-in-law Horace Collamore ran the store until ... Continue Reading
  • Building the Bailey Playground Building the Bailey PlaygroundDrop by the Library to see a selection of photos and a few other things that tell the story of the Bailey Playground. Continue Reading
  • I hear that train a-coming… I hear that train a-coming...For more about Old Colony Railroad, check out the Local History Room’s exhibit case. At one of their earliest meetings, the Directors of the Old Colony Railroad  voted to give the engines historical names related to Plymouth. The “Mayflower” along with the “Miles Standish” pulled the very first trainload of dignitaries ... Continue Reading
  • Train tickets Train ticketsThe purple trains that stop in Kingston along the Old Colony line to connect commuters to the larger regional rail system have a long and interesting history. The Massachusetts Legislature chartered the Old Colony Railroad on March 16, 1844. John Sever of Kingston was elected the new company’s first President.  Just ... Continue Reading
  • Now appearing, for the first time since…well, almost forever. Now appearing, for the first time since...well, almost forever.This is the Second Meeting House, which stood where the First Parish Church now stands on Main Street, next to the Training Green. It served not only as the second building to house the First Parish, but also as the center of Kingston’s town government before the original Town ... Continue Reading
  • Clam-a-rama! Clam-a-rama!Throughout the 1800s, Kingston, along with Plymouth and Duxbury, provided clams to cod fisheries all along the Massachusetts coast. Clams were sold fresh for bait in the winter months, or steamed, salted and barreled for summer use. The region produced as much as 100,000 bushels a year. Around 1875, ... Continue Reading
  • Congratulations Graduates! Congratulations Graduates!Stop by the Library and take a look at this month’s exhibit, which highlights Kingston graduates and graduations from 1862 on. This photograph was donated by the daughter of one of the graduates pictured.  The inscription on the back reads “Vesta Porter. Mamma first girl on left, next to her ... Continue Reading
  • Three Letters Three LettersIn 1938 and 1939, the author Henry Beston wrote three letters to Kingston resident Mrs. Alexander Holmes. The two had met at a retreat on Star Island, N.H. Beston is perhaps best know for his 1928 work Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod. ... Continue Reading
  • Why they called it Rocky Nook Why they called it Rocky NookThis picture postcard shows the view from Rocky Nook across Kingston Bay toward the Standish Monument in Duxbury. Oh, and lots of rocks. Continue Reading
  • Coconuts! Coconuts!Ah, the tropics! Here Henry M. Jones, author of Ships of Kingston standing at the far left, and four unidentified friends enjoy a refreshing treat under the palms.  The woman may be Henry’s wife Abby Bosworth Holmes Jones, though between the hat and the coconut, it’s difficult to tell. The ... Continue Reading