Local History Room – Past Exhibits

A few of our previous exhibits.

  • Follow the Kingston Public Library on Instagram! @kingstonlibraryFollow the Kingston Public Library on Instagram! @kingstonlibrary
    @kingstonlibrary Keep up with all the latest  library news, or share some of your best photos!  Visit the Kingston Public Library Instagram here.  
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  • Summer Street, 1927Summer Street, 1927
    In March 1927, Emily Fuller Drew (seen here in her Tercentenary costume) took these photos of Summer Street, looking south toward the center of Town, just after Town Meeting voted to widen the street. Summer Street had been previously straightened and/or widened in 1846, 1856, 1905 and 1922, when a ...
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  • Seeing doubleSeeing double
      In the Local History Room we have a number of stereoscopic photographs, known as stereographs or stereoviews. These prints feature two nearly identical images, side by side, typically mounted on a 3.5-by-7-inch card. When viewed through a stereoscope, they create the illusion of a single three-dimensional picture. They were popular ...
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  • On this day in 1912…On this day in 1912...
      Here’s a snapshot taken 106 years ago. On the back, this image is captioned: March 30, 1912 On James Rickards woodlot. Father Mother Annie Grace Lead According to census records for 1910, James C. Rickard owned a farm in Plymouth, where he lived with his wife, Lydia. The four people in this photo, however, remain unidentified. Any ideas?   Source: Image ...
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  • World Water DayWorld Water Day
    March 22 is World Water Day, a day to focus attention on the importance of water. In honor of the occasion, take a look at this selection of images of some of our local bodies of water.     Jones River Silver Lake   Indian Pond   Russell’s Pond   Smelt Brook   Forge Pond   To learn more about Kingston’s rivers, ponds, and ...
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  • Ye Kyng’s Towne SweetesYe Kyng’s Towne Sweetes
      Around 1907, Carrie W. Hall and Sarah DeNormandie Bailey began a candy business called Ye Kyng’s Towne Sweetes, which they operated out of the house owned by the Hall family at 215 Main Street (below). Miss Hall managed the manufacturing, while Mrs. Bailey managed the sales. By 1910, they employed ...
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  • Kingston High School girls’ basketball team, 1951Kingston High School girls' basketball team, 1951
    Row 1 (sitting): Joecille Ayer, Sylvia Bailey, Judy Glass, Eva Villani (Co-captain), Mary Borghesani, (Co-captain), Shirley Marshall, Lilias Ford, Mary Lawrance Row 2: Rose Cazale (Co-manager), Barbara Bearce, Anne Corrow, Nancy Bearce, Barbara Basler, Elizabeth Zwicker, Ann McGrath, Adrienne Gorn (Co-manager), Mrs. Stratton (coach) Row 3: Margo White, Sally Farrington, Patricia Bailey, ...
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  • Using AncestryUsing Ancestry
    Ancestry is one of the many digital resources available through our library. It allows you to search through many types of historical records, including census, military, immigration, and vital records, among others. This makes it a fantastic resource for genealogical research.     Take, for example, this panel card (above) featuring Mary Trow. ...
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  • Emily Fuller Drew: Historian and PhotographerEmily Fuller Drew: Historian and Photographer
      In honor of Women’s History Month, March’s local history exhibit will feature materials from Emily Fuller Drew (1881-1950), who we have to thank for much of what we know about Kingston’s history. She put in an enormous of amount of work to help preserve the history of this town. Leaving ...
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  • A foul fowl?A foul fowl?
    Sometimes you come across an image that really makes you wish someone had written a caption. Here is one such photo. With Delano’s Wharf in the background, we know that the photo was taken on the edge of Kingston Bay. The man stooped over the water resembles Charlie Delano (1837 – ...
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  • Great BridgeGreat Bridge
    The Great Bridge, or the bridge over Main Street (Route 3A) where the road intersects with Brook Street, did not receive its name because of its architectural significance, but because it carried the Great Road, running from Plymouth to Boston, over the Jones River. The early history of this bridge and its ...
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  • Looking ahead to springLooking ahead to spring
    Missing the warm weather yet? Now that we’re halfway through winter,  spring is right around the corner. Take a look at this beautiful bed of asters in front of the house at 280 Main Street, built around 1897. The woman on the left is Martha Maglathlin. On the right you can ...
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  • The Heist by Daniel SilvaThe Heist by Daniel Silva
    Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio in #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva’s latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue. Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one . . .  Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled readers ...
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  • State of Wonder by Ann PatchettState of Wonder by Ann Patchett
    Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett returns with a provocative and assured novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest. Infusing the narrative with the same ingenuity and emotional urgency that pervaded her acclaimed previous novels Bel Canto, Taft, Run, The Magician’s Assistant, and The Patron Saint of Liars, Patchett ...
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  • Travels With Alice by Calvin TrillinTravels With Alice by Calvin Trillin
    This delightful book collects Calvin Trillin’s accounts of his trips to Europe with his wife, Alice, and their two daughters. In Taormina, Sicily, they cheerfully disagree with Mrs. Tweedie’s 1904 assertion that the beautiful town “is being spoilt,” and skip the Grand Tour in favor of swimming holes, table soccer, ...
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  • The Road by Cormac McCarthyThe Road by Cormac McCarthy
    The searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. ...
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  • Day of the Triffids by John WyndhamDay of the Triffids by John Wyndham
    In 1951 John Wyndham published his novel The Day of the Triffids to moderate acclaim. Fifty-two years later, this horrifying story is a science fiction classic, touted by The Times (London) as having “all the reality of a vividly realized nightmare.” Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England ...
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  • We are Legion (We are Bob) by Dennis E. TaylorWe are Legion (We are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor
    Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it’s a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that ...
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  • “Caroline” by Sarah Elizabeth Miller"Caroline" by Sarah Elizabeth Miller
    In this novel authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in a dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before—Caroline Ingalls, “Ma” in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved ...
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  • Are you ready for some football?Are you ready for some football?
    1933 South Shore Football Champions Kneeling, left to right: Bob Bailey, Raoul Corazzari, George Candini, Clyde Melli, Eddie Cadwell, Stephen Reed, Bob Davis In 1933, the Kingston High School football team won the South Shore Championship.  Over the course of this season, they won five games, lost two, and tied one. 13 ...
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