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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  • “This place will suit you.” Kingston’s first hotel, 1854-1970 “This place will suit you.” Kingston’s first hotel, 1854-1970We’ve got a new exhibit in the Library lobby. Stop by and take a look. The spot where the Kingston Public Library stands was once the site of Kingston’s first hotel, built in 1854, just nine years after the Old Colony Railroad first chugged through town. Former boarding house proprietor Josiah ... Continue Reading
  • The last Presidents Day (this December) The last Presidents Day (this December)Tomorrow, December 30, is the last Presidents Day here at the Library.  We’ve had our letters from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Quincy Adams and  Thomas Jefferson (who apparently didn’t have a middle name) on display for a few selected day this month, but this is the last time for a while. They’ll ... Continue Reading
  • File under: What the…? File under: What the...?  Okay, it’s a business pitch to the Board of Selectmen, but what exactly  is a lungmotor? Our friends at the Library of Congress can help!   If you need to know more about the Lungmotor (like I did), the Boston company put out a whole book on their product. Popular Science reported on ... Continue Reading
  • Evergreen Cemetery Pond Evergreen Cemetery Pond  84. Evergreen Cemetery Pond, 1876 Naturally a damp, spring spot. When cemetery was planned , the spot was drained and curbed as shown. Later the pines were cut down or broke down from winter ice, and the spot was landscaped. Mr. Edgar Reed gave the granite seat on the north ... Continue Reading
  • Saturday’s cemetery tour postponed Saturday's cemetery tour postponedThe tour of Evergreen Cemetery planned by the Jones River Village Historical Society for this Saturday, October 4, has been postponed. As a small consolation, here are few interesting tombstones, headstones, gravestones, or as the Thesaurus of Graphic Materials from the Library of Congress would have it, Tombs & sepulchral monuments from Kingston’s ... Continue Reading
  • Dam! Dam!The Elm Street dam may go the way of its upstream relative, the dam at Triphammer Falls just off Wapping Road, which was removed in 2011.  The question of dam removal is a complex one, made doubly so in Kingston and other New England towns by the age of many of the dams. To find ... Continue Reading
  • Happy Blog-a-versary, with bonus maps Happy Blog-a-versary, with bonus mapsThis blog started six years ago this  week with this post.  Thanks for reading! And it’s a great time to announce a new page Maps of Kingston on the Local History Room Online site, which (as the clever title suggests) has links to a nice bunch of maps of Kingston from 1795 ... Continue Reading
  • Super suave! Super suave!One of the most fun things about working in a local history collection is that sometimes people just show up with things to add to the collections.  This week, a former member of the Kingston Mother’s Club dropped off three scrapbooks of Club activities 1965 to 1978, full of membership directories, ... Continue Reading
  • Summertime, and vacation! Summertime, and vacation!Two 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
  • Fishing FishingThis is Emily Fuller Drew’s copy negative of a panel card probably taken by someone else sometime earlier.  There’s not a lot more information about it: just two boys fishing in the pond that provided water power to C. Drew & Co., the long-lived Kingston tool manufacturer.  (There’s a great deal ... Continue Reading
  • Happy 4th! Happy 4th!In 1910, Kingston’s first 4th of July parade rolled through town. More photos from this parade are here and here.   Source: LHR General Image Collection IC7   For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at piqueoftheweek.wordpress.com. Continue Reading
  • Name the Town of Kingston’s new boat! Name the Town of Kingston's new boat!Kingston’s Town Administrator wrote yesterday As many of you know, the town is awaiting a new Harbormaster Patrol Boat, which is estimated to arrive around July 17th, and perhaps sooner. This purchase was authorized at this year’s special town meeting. The Board of Selectmen have offered a “contest” to name the boat for the ... Continue Reading
  • The Bradford House opens June 21 The Bradford House opens June 21    There’s a reception!  And an exhibit! Breakfasts start later in the summer. Check the Jones River Village Historical Society’s website for more information.   Source: LHR General Image Collection IC7   For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at piqueoftheweek.wordpress.com. Continue Reading
  • 111 years ago next Wednesday… 111 years ago next Wednesday...The Liberty Bell came through Kingston! Yes, THAT Liberty Bell!  And we have five glass plate negatives to help tell the tale. Between 1885 and 1915, the Bell gallivanted around the country — down to New Orleans, across to Chicago, all the way to California — on a special flatbed railcar. In 1903, ... Continue Reading
  • Beach day! Beach day!Sooner or later, summer will come.  We’ll all be hot and sticky and we’ll welcome a cooling breeze near the waterfront.  Just like this crew.   Source: LHR General Image Collection IC7   For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at piqueoftheweek.wordpress.com.   Continue Reading
  • Memorial Day parade Memorial Day paradeAnother Memorial Day is upon us.  Here are a few photos from the Local History Room collections which provide a glimpse of one of Kingston’s Memorial Day parades sometime before 1961.*   *This date is based on a flag carried by the color guard, which reads “U.S.S. Des Moines.” This heavy cruiser was ... Continue Reading
  • Fruit delivery Fruit deliveryWho was Peanut Jack?  There’s nothing in the Local History Room to help identify him, but the 1890 Plymouth and Kingston Directory gives us this. The 1909 Plymouth Directory has almost the same ad, but the proprietress in that version is a Mrs. M. D. Costa, exactly what we see printed on the tarp or ... Continue Reading
  • Four-trunk elm tree Four-trunk elm treeThe four-trunk elm tree that stood on Main Street near Shirley Avenue was the stuff of childhood legend.  The sidewalk ran underneath and between the trunks so that a daring kid could ride a bike straight through, and a real heroic type would do it no-hands style. The mighty tree fell victim ... Continue Reading
  • Shady green Shady green  Emily Fuller Drew captured what feels like the deep cooling shade of a summer afternoon in these two photos.  A familiar scene, yes, but the quality of the light makes something special of it.       Source: Emily Fuller Drew Collection MC16, negatives scanned by the Digital Commonwealth/Boston Public Library.   For more, visit the Kingston Public ... Continue Reading
  • Asa Hammond and his house Asa Hammond and his house  Asa Cook Hammond (1826-1913) was a carpenter or housewright,  who was born Pembroke, but lived in Kingston from around 1850 until his death.  He married Amanda Clark, a dressmaker from Plympton in 1849; they had several children.  Both are buried in the Evergreen Cemetery. Asa is identified as the figure in the foreground of the ... Continue Reading