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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  • George E. Cushman’s delivery wagon George E. Cushman's delivery wagon Even before the days of online ordering and overnight shipping, groceries and other necessities could appear at your door on demand, delivered perhaps by the horse-drawn wagons of Kingston merchant George E. Cushman. From 1864 when he began clerking in Azel Sampson’s dry goods store at 196 Main Street to ... Continue Reading
  • Vital Records Vital RecordsVital records are the most basic paperwork of human life, the tangible evidence of the three most important events: birth, death and marriage. In Massachusetts, these events have been registered at the local level since 1635 and formally collected by the state since 1841.  On display this month are a ... Continue Reading
  • “Proficiency in Typewriting” "Proficiency in Typewriting"Here is a recent acquisition, a fragment of the past that made its way into the Local History Room. This wallet-sized certificate attests to the speed and accuracy of the typwriting skills of one Esther De Marzio. Who was she, we ask? A 1927 Kingston High School graduate, Literary Editor and ... Continue Reading
  • Happy holidays! Happy holidays!From the Local History Room Two Valentines to light the gloom. Another with a cherry tree, From all of us to thee and thee! Source: The Joseph Finney Collection: Postcards Continue Reading
  • KINGSTONOPOLY! KINGSTONOPOLY!The Local History Exhibit for February starts with the game of Kingstonopoly, a customized version of the classic board game Monopoly done for the PTO of Kingston Elementary School in 2000.  Looking through the collections of the Local History Room, we find not only a pair of adorable wooden boxes ... Continue Reading
  • The Adams Block The Adams BlockThe original Adams Block consisted of avariety of buildings picked up here and there by Horatio Adams, moved onto Summer Street and joined together in a new kind of retail conglomeration. A novel idea in the 1840s, the business block was a bold experiment. The nature of the structure, however, ... Continue Reading
  • “The White Rose of Savoie” tradition "The White Rose of Savoie" traditionThe house now known as 53 Lake Street was once the home of “Squire Holmes” whose father Jonathan Holmes Sr. built it at the time of his marriage to his second wife, Rebecca Tilden in 1752. Although it was a small structure, it was a double house and easily accommodated ... Continue Reading
  • The only steamer built in Kingston The only steamer built in KingstonIn the spring of 1898, noted Kingston ship-builder Edward A. Ransom launched the largest vessel constructed on the Jones River since 1874, the steamer Tiger.  She was, in the words of Henry M. Jones, author of Ships of Kingston, “a handsome vessel” of 30 tons with an overall length of ... Continue Reading
  • The Old Bay Path The Old Bay PathThe Old Bay Path Well before the Pilgrims landed, the Native Americans of southeastern Massachusetts had an extensive network of  well-worn trails, among them the Old Bay Path shown in these two lantern slides.  By 1637, the colonists had adopted the Bay Path as the main highway through Kingston. Eventually the ... Continue Reading
  • New Exhibit: Ichabod Washburn Benevolent Fund New Exhibit: Ichabod Washburn Benevolent FundThe Ichabod Washburn Benevolent Fund was established over 130 years ago through a bequest to the Town of Kingston. Washburn, who was born and raised in Kingston, made his fortune as a wire manufacturer in Worcester but never forgot his hometown or the struggles of his mother, who raised her ... Continue Reading
  • Treasure in a Shoe Box Treasure in a Shoe BoxTreasure in a Shoe Box Among the treasures describing the history of Kingston that Emily Fuller Drew bequeathed to the community is a common ladies shoe box.   The box itself probably qualifies as an antique on Ebay, but the real value lies in the contents: hundreds of 3″ X 5″ cards. ... Continue Reading
  • Thanksgiving 1875 Thanksgiving 1875In 1875 Kingston celebrated with a Grand Thanksgiving Ball on November 25. Cover of dance card, Grand Thanksgiving Ball, November 25, 1875 This dance card tells us that Bowle’s Quadrille Band played 17 numbers, 14 of which were listed as quadrilles. This was not as unvaried as it might sound, as there ... Continue Reading
  • Equal time Equal timeAfter the dog photo last week, the cat demanded equal representation.  Here is an undated photo of Martha Bradford in costume holding a substantial and apparently contented tabby. Miss Martha Bradford and cat Continue Reading
  • Dog blog: I like this picture Dog blog: I like this pictureThis is one of those pictures that just jumps out at me. I don’t know too much about it, but I really like it. The caption simply reads “Chester Fuller and his dog near Delano’s Wharf, 1890.” I wish my dog would sit up like that, but she’s knock-kneed ... Continue Reading
  • Kingston’s monuments Kingston's monumentsOver the centuries, Kingston residents have served in the armed forces when necessary, and throughout that time, the town as a whole has honored that service and sacrifice. Here is a brief look at a few of the monuments around town that set in stone the town’s gratitude to its ... Continue Reading
  • New Exhibit: A Salute to our Veterans New Exhibit: A Salute to our VeteransNovember’s Local History Room exhibit honors veterans with a display of artifacts and documents that give a small glimpse of the soldier’s life and return home. Continue Reading
  • Veterans Day Veterans DayArmistice Day, 1918 Ninety years ago this week, at 11:00 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month, the War to End All Wars, the Great War, now called the First World War, ended.  The following year, President Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day, and by 1921, Congress declared the federal holiday. Kingston ... Continue Reading
  • Go vote! Go vote!With the presidential election upon us, we look back some decades to another. Here is the 1864 National Republican Ticket. Running for re-election against General George B. McClellan, a War Democrat known as “Little Mac,” on a platform that included the defeat of the Confederacy and a constitutional amendment to end ... Continue Reading
  • Ada Brewster’s Wild West Ada Brewster's Wild WestIf you missed the last exhibit in the Local History Room case, you can see it online. Ada Brewster’s Wild West shows a small selection of pencil sketches by one of Kingston’s notable artists. Continue Reading
  • Happy 100th Birthday to St. Joseph’s Happy 100th Birthday to St. Joseph'sOctober 19 marks the 100th anniversary of St. Joseph’s Parish in Kingston. This postcard shows the Church’s first building at 261 Main St. Mailed from Middleboro and postmarked 9/21/1906, the card was sent to Miss Nellie McGinn who lived in Brighton, MA.  Built in 1882, the building was originally a mission ... Continue Reading