Local History Room – Past Exhibits

A few of our previous exhibits.

  • View looking north, no dateView looking north, no date
    From 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 ...
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  • HeartbrokenHeartbroken
    Looking for tax-related documents for an upcoming exhibit today, I found death instead (or perhaps it found me?), in a small, but heart-breaking moment from the past. On October 29, 1870, Bradford Adams died of typhoid fever aged 15 years, 11 months and 3 days.  Father and Mother are George T. ...
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  • After fire, Prospect HillAfter fire, Prospect Hill
    Prospect Hill lies on the north side of Smelt Brook in south-east Kingston.  And Major Bradford’s Town tells us that the devastating fire occurred in July 1908.  Beyond that, there’s not much information on the hill, the fire or this  haunting image.  More later, if more can be found.  
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  • “IT WILL…ROLL ITS GREAT EYEBALLS!”"IT WILL...ROLL ITS GREAT EYEBALLS!"
    Last week’s look at the capitalist Horatio Adams leads to this week’s pique.  Among the many stockbroker’s receipts, enticements to buy land in Nebraska, an 8% Gold Bond for the Death Valley – Arcalvado Consolidated Mine Company, and stock in the Association Salt Company is a beautiful little booklet. Yes, in ...
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  • Kingston CapitalistKingston Capitalist
    On the 1900 Federal Census, as on others before, each head of household was asked to give his (or more rarely, her) occupation. Along Summer Street, these included dry goods merchant, station agent for the railroad, boarding house keeper, stone cutter and teacher, until the census taker came to Horatio ...
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  • Lives Alone – The Story of Kingston’s Famous HermitLives Alone - The Story of Kingston's Famous Hermit
    Thinking of those who are under-represented in archival collections, of the undocumented figures of history,  hermits have to be in the top ten, right?  That just doesn’t seem right, so… here’s the story of Kingston’s famous hermit, drawn from a cabinet card, a few entries in town records, a newspaper article, ...
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  • “I send you…"I send you...
    patriotic greetings on his birthday.”   From the chock-full-of-holiday-goodness of the Loring Postcard collection.
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  • Bills, Bills, Bills!Bills, Bills, Bills!
    January is not only cold and snowy, but usually swamped with bills from the previous month’s holiday extravagances. For example, in December of 1893, the Town of Kingston spent $2.50 at John C. Dawe’s establishment.  Eschewing groceries and grains, bypassing sails and spars, avoiding coffee and varnish, the Town settled ...
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  • Happy New Year!Happy New Year!
    From Helen Foster again.
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  • A Holiday Treat!A Holiday Treat!
    It’s heartwarming to know that on a planet somewhere far away, Christmas means Cupid with a whip riding snails pulled by dragonflies.
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  • Holiday OrnamentsHoliday Ornaments
    This month’s exhibit features a collection of holiday ornaments created by the Kingston Lions Club between 1991 and 2001.  Each limited edition glass ball bears the likeness of a Kingston icon — from the old Town Hall and Soldier’s Monument to Bildad Washburn’s Tavern on Main Street and the fish ...
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  • Ichabod Washburn Benevolent FundIchabod Washburn Benevolent Fund
    Applications for Kingston’s 2011 Ichabod Washburn Benevolent Fund are now online. Completed forms are due at the Town Clerk’s Office by January 31, 2011.  Funds will be distributed in March 2011. To learn more about Ichabod Washburn, check out this earlier post.
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  • A little walk on Summer StreetA little walk on Summer Street
    WARNING: For the historical thought experiment that follows, imagine there’s no traffic on Route 3A/Summer Street. Yes, it’s not easy, and if you can’t persuade yourself, please DON’T stand in the middle of the street! You have been warned! Stand in the middle of Summer Street just south of Evergreen and ...
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  • Happy Thanksgiving!Happy Thanksgiving!
    Last year, a great color postcard really captured the festivities of the holiday, and the year before, a little dance card prompted a step into the many varieties of the quadrille.  This year, Helen Foster provides a look back at Thanksgiving in Kingston history.  Above, a preliminary sketch she drew ...
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  • Kingston CopsKingston Cops
    In 1954 Town Meeting Voted: That the sum of $2,200 be transferred from unappropriated available funds in the treasury for the purchase of a so-called station wagon type vehicle, to be used as an ambulance for the Police Department and authorize the Selectmen to turn in the present Hudson now owned ...
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  • An Army to Gather the Crop.An Army to Gather the Crop.
      This month’s exhibit is a glimpse into the long history of cranberries in Kingston. Stop by the Library to gather some trivia to show off at Thanksgiving dinner!
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  • Back to the tropics?Back to the tropics?
          Sometime back, coconuts mysteriously appeared in a “Kingston” photo. Today, the mystery was nearly solved, but not quite.  This print by Huc Mazelet Luquiens, a Massachusetts-born artist known for his images of Hawaii, had been hidden between a silhouette of Abby Bosworth Holmes Jones and the back of the frame that ...
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  • Howland’s Lane BridgeHowland's Lane Bridge
    Two years ago, we noted that the wooden planks in the Howland’s Lane bridge over the railroad tracks needed to be replaced, an  issue had been under discussion for a decade.  The bridge, built in the 1870s and renovated during the 1930s, is now closed for repairs.  Rocky Nook’s primary ...
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  • 202 years ago next Monday…202 years ago next Monday...
    On September 20, 1808, the President sent this to the inhabitants of Kingston in response to their earlier petition about the Embargo Act of 1807.  As form letters go, this is a good one.
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  • For medicinal purposes and no otherFor medicinal purposes and no other
    To Mr. Seth Drew In accordance with the provisions of the statues of 1855 Chap. 215 you are hereby appointed an Agent of the Town of Kingston to purchase Spiritous or Intoxicating liquors and sell the same at your residence to the inhabitants of said town to be used in the ...
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