The Library’s Local History Collections (LHC) are housed in the Frey-Hoeg Historical Collections Room in the Adams Center, formerly the Frederic C. Adams Public Library, at 33 Summer Street.
The Collections are available by appointment. Please contact the Archivist at 781-831-6277 or email@example.com with any research requests. Thanks in advance for your patience!
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Enjoy the latest posts from the Local History blog “Pique of the Week”.
- Only the finest imports…“Drugs, Chemicals, European Leeches, and Cigars.”Continue Reading
- Picnic on the lawnBack when the Library was on the other side of the street, the Kingston Inn occupied our current site at the corner of Green and Summer. Originally called the Patuxet House, the hotel was built in 1854 by Josiah Cushman to capitalize on the arrival of the Old Colony Railroad ...Continue Reading
- Travelling in stereoSometime early in the last century, someone at the Frederic C. Adams Public Library bought just over 600 stereoviews. The views date from 1893 to 1907 and show a wide variety of places around the United States and the world, with commentary from Baedecker’s and other travel guides on the ...Continue Reading
- MotormenIn the search for photographs for the summertime exhibit, these three images turned up. As seen in earlier posts, the Plymouth & Kingston trolley, which started in 1886, merged with other lines and expanded until the tracks reached Brockton in 1900. The emergence of Kingston as a summer destination and ...Continue Reading
- New Exhibit: SummertimeThis month’s exhibit celebrates summer in Kingston with picnics and parades, fresh sweet corn from the farmer’s market, swimming, fishing, and just lounging on the grass eating ice cream. Here’s the front of a float in Kingston’s 200th Anniversary Parade, which rolled on August 20, 1926. The four boys behind the ...Continue Reading
- Vacation!The Local History Room is closed through August 1.Continue Reading
- 113 years agoThe Frederic C. Adams Library was dedicated. There was speechifying, praying, poetry and hymns. Thanks to Frederic C. Adams, Kingston got a library.Continue Reading
- Lets go to the beachWhy is this cabinet card of two lovely gals on the shore of Lake Michigan here in the Kingston Public Library? Who knows?Continue Reading
- RiverSome time ago, an unknown photographer captured this moment of tranquility on the river. The Old Colony Railroad bridge can be seen in the distance at left, along with at least one of the boathouses that stand between Landing Road and the riverbank. The stone wall at right is the ...Continue Reading
- A Safe and Sane FourthKingston’s first Fourth of July parade rolled in 1910. Stop by the Library to see photographs of the festivities, or check out this earlier post.Continue Reading
- VisitorsOn June 2, 1911, one of this upstanding pair wrote to Michael McGrath announcing an imminent visit. In the 1910 federal census, Michael McGrath is listed as a 57 year old foreman and farmer who owned a home and land on Elm Street. He appeared in an earlier post posing with a team of ...Continue Reading
- Let’s take a trip out to the WestThey say the coast is the most and the west is the best. Here Kingstonian Margaret Holmes and an unidentified friend pose at the Tunnel Tree, a giant sequoia and well-known tourist attraction in Yosemite National Park.Continue Reading
- Captain Charles W. GelettThough he was from Fairhaven, Captain Gelett married Kingstonian Jane Russell on March 14, 1843. It’s not recorded where this photograph was taken, but Fairhaven seems likely, given what’s nicely inscribed on the back of the panel card. And a detail shows that the legs are vertebrae!Continue Reading
- Kingston’s Civil War Soldiers, Sailors and NursesA native of Kingston, William Simmons served in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War, not as an officer, but as a master shipwright and later Constructor at the Navy Yard in Charlestown. On exhibit for Memorial Day are photographs of Simmons and other residents of Kingston and nearby towns who ...Continue Reading
- And now, a wish for summer…And now, a wish for summer...Continue Reading
- “Divided States of America,” April 28, 1861Pages 1 and 4 of a letter dated April 28, 1861 to “My Dear Tom” from Will in Kingston, Mass, Divided States of America. Sunday Apr 28 1861 Kingston Mass. Divided States of America My Dear Tom It is now nearly seven weeks since you left here and as I did not write by the ...Continue Reading
- Yum, yum, rum.Capt. Ezra Fuller To Charles Adams Dr. 1827, Jan 4 To Powder + Shot ..56 ” Paying Pilotage at the Bar 10..00 ” 2 Gallons Rum 1..20 ” 4 lb. Nails ..40 ” 1 qt Rum ..15 ” 1 lb. Tobacco ..20 ” 1 qt Rum ..15 ” 4 3/8 Gallons Rum 2..62 1/2 1 Bushel Peas ..50 Cash12..00 $27.78 1/2Continue Reading
- “I care not a whit for the laugh or the sneer…”April is National Poetry Month, so here is a poem by Kingston’s own romantic versifier, Benjamin “Cousin Benja” Mitchell. Born in 1828, Benja lived with his parents and sister in picturesque Thatchwood Cottage on what is now Brookdale Street near the Duxbury line. He spent much of his life roaming ...Continue Reading
- TaxesNew (and very timely) exhibit on taxes in the Library.Continue Reading
- View looking north, no dateFrom Abram’s Hill, you can see a quite a way. This view shows the back of the Frederic C. Adams Library at lower left and the houses along Summer Street down through Kingston center. The Reed Community Building was not yet standing (it would be at lower right), so ...Continue Reading