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Enjoy the latest posts from the Local History blog “Pique of the Week”.
- The Boys of Summer Start in the SpringtimeStop by the Library this month to see photographs of baseball players in and around Kingston from 1897 to 1961. Source: The Albion Holmes Collection, MC 25 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog piqueoftheweek.wordpress.comContinue Reading
- “Garden Family”Despite the chill, spring has sprung so get ready to garden. Here are few inspirational but undated views by Emily Fuller Drew of her “Garden family.” Source: Emily Fuller Drew Collection MC16 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog piqueoftheweek.wordpress.comContinue Reading
- A timely favoriteOne of the things I love about this blog is the list of search terms that people use to get here. It’s like a secret glimpse of what they want, and the sometimes very specific and other times wildly divergent ways they describe whatever that is. The top searches are ...Continue Reading
- Our “Odd” NeighborIf you’ve ever wondered why the building at 7 Green Street, right across from the Library, has a sign on the front that reads “Adams Lodge, IOOF, 1900” stop by and have a look at this month’s exhibit.Continue Reading
- View from Delano’s WharfDelano’s Wharf is one of Kingston’s iconic buildings, jutting into Kingston Bay from the end of Wharf Lane, near Gray’s Beach. In a small twist of perspective, here’s a tranquil view from the Wharf. Source: Delano Photograph Collection IC11 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library here, and the Local History Room here, and ...Continue Reading
- Somber Little ValentineFrom Emily Drew’s photos of the Old Burying Ground, here’s the marker for Charles Little, son to Charles and Sarah Little who passed away, aged 4 month and 5 days, on February 14, 1717. Source: Emily Fuller Drew Collection MC16. Negative scanned by the Boston Public Library, under a grant from the LSTA ...Continue Reading
- Digging outThe trolley ran through Kingston from 1889 to 1928, and while the traffic definitely increased in the summer, the cars ran all winter too. In 1922, when the Brockton & Plymouth (successor to the Plymouth & Kingston and predecessor to the Plymouth & Brockton) owned the line, the rolling stock ...Continue Reading
- “This view is beautiful”Putting together an exhibit for Valentine’s Day, I found this postcard. Cataloging it for our online picture collection (coming soon!), I found this subject heading in the LOC’s TGM: “Courtship. Use for Courting, Flirtation, Wooing.” Yes, I think that just does capture it. Source: MC11 Joseph Cushman Finney PapersContinue Reading
- Still water
- Happy Birthday to the Reed Community Building!Many thanks to Joe Colby, Head Custodian at the Recreation Department, for letting us know that today is the birthday of the Reed Community Building! The photograph above appeared in The Civic Progress of Kingston (Memorial Press of Plymouth, 1926) and was accompanied by Sarah DeNormandie Bailey’s text: And this summer the ...Continue Reading
- Some days are like that.Benjamin Delano (March 31, 1778 – January 19, 1868), having a moment.Continue Reading
- Happy Thanksgiving from the Viking hordeStaged to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Pilgrim’s landing, the 1921 Pageant of the Pilgrim Spirit was a sprawling, epic production. Among its stranger elements — ranking alongside William Bradford’s premonition of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and the Prologue and Finale spoken by “The Voice of the Rock” — has ...Continue Reading
- Playing PilgrimThis month’s exhibit showcases people from Kingston dressing up like their Pilgrim predecessors. In 1920, the spectacle known as the Tercentenary Pageant featured a number of Kingstonians, new immigrants and Mayflower descendants alike, among its 1,300 actors. In the 1940s and 1950s, the Major John Bradford House served as the ...Continue Reading
- “The restoration is complete.”On Saturday, November 3, the Adams Building will be open to the public from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with a dedication ceremony at 2:00.Continue Reading
- Fish storyOnce again, history anonymizes. I don’t know who they were or where they were (or, for that matter, whether they took turns posing with the same fish!), but their pride and satisfaction in the day’s “work” remains clear.Continue Reading
- Lonesome train on a lonesome trackWithout a date, it’s hard to know if this train belonged to the Old Colony Rail Road, or the Old Colony and Fall River, or the Old Colony and Newport (you can imagine that Fall River was a little peeved when that happened), or the New York, New Haven and ...Continue Reading
- Coming soon to a street near you.Now that fall has arrived, the snow cannot be far behind.Continue Reading
- Historic placesThis September. Wikimedia, the home of Wikipedia and so much more, is hosting a photography contest called Wiki Loves Monuments, featuring photographs of properties on the National Register of Historic Places. Kingston has two buildings on the National Register of Historic Places: the Frederic C. Adams Library and the Major John Bradford ...Continue Reading
- New Exhibit: Old Home Day (and New Old Home Day!)Old Home Day is a small town New England tradition popular from the 1860s into the 1930s, and later in many cases. In Kingston, the town-wide event, which included clambakes, sports, dancing, singing and parades, was held annually from 1903 to 1908, again from 1933 to 1938, in the 1970s ...Continue Reading
- Summer vacationThe Local History Room is closed for summer vacation. See you in August!Continue Reading