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 Major John BradfordToday 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! 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 Thanksgiving 1917With 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
  • Looking forward to seeing The Post? Don’t forget about Gobin Stair and Beacon Press   One of this season’s new movies, The Post, recounts The Washington Post’s efforts to publish the Pentagon Papers.  Here in the Local History Room, we have a four-volume set of the Pentagon Papers, published by Beacon Press in 1971.  As director of the publisher, Kingston’s own Gobin Stair played a decisive role in accepting ... Continue Reading
  • Cranberries CranberriesAccording 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 The (Almost) Centennial of the End of World War IToday 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 Winter is comingThe 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? 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! Happy Halloween!Take 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, wearing a mask, stands in the doorway to his costume shop and Ky Mortenson's photo studio. While 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… On this day in 1919...October 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 Kingston Gravestones & Their Carvers 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
  • Kingston in Verse Kingston in Verse In celebration of National Poetry Month, this month’s local history exhibit features poems  inspired by Kingston’s environment, history, and community. Come check out selected works by Benjamin Mitchell (1827-1865), Thomas Drew Stetson (1827-1916), and Katherine L. Ward! 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 Black and white photo. A family having a picnic in their yard 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
  • Awards, Medals, and Certificates, Oh My!   Scattered across the collections of the Local History Room, we have a sampling of items that represent the achievements—both great and small—that marked the lives of Kingston’s residents. From volunteering with the Girl Scouts to Citizen of the Year, these objects commemorate just a few of the accomplishments of this ... Continue Reading
  • Vacation VacationThe Local History Room will be closed from July 21 through August 4. If you click on the photo to display a larger size, you may be able to make out what looks like the Bug Light on the horizon on the right side of the the photo (under the black dashed line).   Sources: ... Continue Reading
  • What’s in a name? 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