Local History Room – Past Exhibits

A few of our previous exhibits.

  • The Allerton Archaeological SiteThe Allerton Archaeological Site
    The Allerton Archaeological Site From the Plymouth Archeological Rediscovery Project:  “In 1972, Dr. James Deetz directed hurried excavations at an early colonial homesite in Kingston, Massachusetts. Background research soon revealed that it was most probably the original homesite of Isaac Allerton, Plymouth Colony’s merchant. More importantly, the excavations revealed that the ...
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  • Summer’s Last HurrahSummer’s Last Hurrah
    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 ...
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  • Awards, Medals, and Certificates, Oh My!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 ...
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  • Tura’s PharmacyTura's Pharmacy
    Sometime in the 1870s an apothecary opened on Summer Street in Kingston. It would serve the Kingston community for almost a century and a half, until October 2015, when the doors closed for good.  Stop by this month and see photos and artifacts that tell  the story of Tura’s Pharmacy. Tura’s Pharmacy, ...
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  • VacationVacation
    The 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: ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Tura’s PharmacyTura's Pharmacy
    From 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.
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  • Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
    From 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 ...
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  • Laddie: A Christmas StoryLaddie: A Christmas Story
    Just for the holidays! Stop by the Library and see Laddie. This is Elspeth Hardy’s first grade class at the Faunce School (then called Center Primary) in 1915. In 1928, she would help another group of students write a book, as she explains in the preface.
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  • Happy Halloween from 1952Happy Halloween from 1952
        Source: School Photographs IC5 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at piqueoftheweek.wordpress.com
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  • Welcome Home from the War to End All WarsWelcome Home from the War to End All Wars
    For more on Kingston’s Welcome Home parade, see this post.   Source: Emily Fuller Drew Collection MC16. Negatives scanned with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and digitized at the Boston Public Library in conjunction with the Digital Commonwealth) For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, ...
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  • A lovely little launchA lovely little launch
    Yes, the Local History Room is full of old stuff, but sometimes we get new old stuff, new to us anyway.  One of our recent accessions is a small trove of photographs, most not well identified, of boats built by George W. Shiverick in his shop on the Jones River. ...
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  • Carved in StoneCarved in Stone
    Kingston has grave stones that predate the town.  Photos of some of them are in the display case this month.     Source: Jones River Village Historical Society Lantern Slides IC4 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at piqueoftheweek.wordpress.com
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  • It’s National Library Card Sign-up MonthIt's National Library Card Sign-up Month
    Do you have a library card? If not, please stop by the Library and get one, and take a look at this month’s Local History exhibit featuring some older library registers and cards. Source: Frederic C. Adams Library and  Kingston Public Library Collection MC22 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local ...
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  • Working on the boatWorking on the boat
    Are they getting ready for a late summer cruise, or putting her away for the season? Source: Mary Hathaway Collection MC21 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at piqueoftheweek.wordpress.com
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  • August 22 was a Saturday in 1863 tooAugust 22 was a Saturday in 1863 too
    The Local History Room recently received a trove of old ledgers from H. K. Keith & Co.  These hand-written record books track inventory in the general store, customer accounts and daily sales, like this apparently busy Saturday exactly 153 years ago today. It appears that the column between the item and ...
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  • Two people, one house and a clerihewTwo people, one house and a clerihew
    This is the Reverend Augustus Russell Pope (1819-1855), minister of Kingston’s First Parish Church, or as it was then known, First Congregational Society, from 1844 to 1849.  The biographical piece linked above lauds Pope’s work in Kingston, particularly his work with the Town’s schools. This is Lucy Ann Meacham Pope (1820-1870), the Reverend’s wife, who was originally from ...
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  • Photobombing is not a new thingPhotobombing is not a new thing
    One August in the middle of the 1930s, Emily Fuller Drew took some photos to document the Old Lucas House on Pembroke Street. Her file card for one of the lantern slides made from these negatives reads: William Cooke was son of Jacob Cooke Jr. mentioned in #38. He inherited & bought a ...
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  • SummertimeSummertime
    There’s a new exhibit in the Local History case in the Library lobby.  Stop by to see photos of summers past in Kingston: ice cream, beaches, picnics and more.   Source: Mary Hathaway Collection MC21 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at piqueoftheweek.wordpress.com
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  • Here come the First Comers!Here come the First Comers!
    In 1920, the South Shore celebrated the 300th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival in a six-month frenzy of Pilgrim-related activities, including a sprawling outdoor pageant — more detail here — featuring Kingstonians like Emily Fuller Drew in full Pilgrim dress. In 2020, just five short years from now, the 400th anniversary will be upon ...
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