Local History Room – Past Exhibits

A few of our previous exhibits.

  • The Samurai’s Garden by Gail TsukiyamaThe Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
    The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family’s summer home in a Japanese coastal village to ...
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  • Hotel Paradise by Martha GrimesHotel Paradise by Martha Grimes
    Spirit Lake is not far from Hotel Paradise; it’s a small lake, neglected, partly covered with water lilies and overhung by tall, blowing grass. To those who have lived in the town for a while, it’s also notorious because a small child drowned there over forty years ago – a ...
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  • The Double Blind by Chris BohjalianThe Double Blind by Chris Bohjalian
    When Laurel Estabrook is attacked while out riding her bike one Sunday afternoon, her life is changed forever. She begins work at a shelter for the homeless and there meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box full of photos he won’t let anyone ...
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  • Seveneves by Neal StephensonSeveneves by Neal Stephenson
    A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space. But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with ...
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  • They Came Like Swallows by William Keepers Maxwell Jr.They Came Like Swallows by William Keepers Maxwell Jr.
    To eight-year old Bunny Morison, his mother is an angelic comforter in whose absence nothing is real or alive.  To his older brother, Robert, his mother is someone he must protect, especially since the deadly, influenza epidemic of 1918 is ravaging their small Midwestern town.  To James Morison, his wife, ...
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  • The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie MacomberThe Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
    A Seattle knitting store brings together four very different women in this earnest tale about friendship and love. Lydia Hoffman, a two-time cancer survivor, opens the shop A Good Yarn as a symbol of the new life she plans to lead. She starts a weekly knitting class, hoping to improve ...
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  • The Color of Magic by Terry PratchettThe Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
    Terry Pratchett’s profoundly irreverent, bestselling novels have garnered him a revered position in the halls of parody next to the likes of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen. The Color of Magic is Terry Pratchett’s maiden voyage through the now-legendary land of Discworld. This is where it all begins ...
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  • Rebel Seoul by Axie OhRebel Seoul by Axie Oh
    After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the ranks of the academy. Abandoned as a kid in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, ...
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  • Wolf by Wolf by Ryan GraudinWolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
    The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The prize? An audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball in Tokyo. Yael, ...
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  • Windfall, by Jennifer E. SmithWindfall, by Jennifer E. Smith
    Admit it—you too have fantasized about what you would do if you won the lottery and suddenly had millions of dollars to spend. However you fantasize about pending that money, one thing is for certain: your life would change forever. Like most of us, Teddy’s fantasies about getting lucky enough ...
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  • Happy Halloween!Happy Halloween!
    Take a look at these Halloween costume winners at Kingston Elementary School back in 1952!   Source: This image is from the School Photographs Collection (IC5).
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  • Ted Avery’s Costume ShopTed Avery's Costume Shop
    While going through a box of photographs, I came across this striking image of Ted Avery, holding a mask in front of his face just inside the doorway of his costume shop on Summer Street. With Halloween just around the corner, it was too fitting not to share!   Source: Image from ...
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  • On this day in 1919…On this day in 1919...
    October 18, 1919 was a known as “Welcome Home Day” in Kingston in honor of its servicemen and nurses returning from World War I. The “Welcome Home Committee” presented each with a bronze token of appreciation for service to the town and country, and sponsored festivities that included the parade ...
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  • Kingston Gravestones & Their CarversKingston Gravestones & Their Carvers
    For the entire month of October, the lobby display case will feature a selection of photographs of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Kingston gravestones, but rather than focusing on those interred in the Old Burying Ground, this exhibit will examine the men who carved these markers. Stop by to check it out!   Source: ...
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  • Kingston in VerseKingston in Verse
    In celebration of National Poetry Month, this month’s local history exhibit features poems  inspired by Kingston’s environment, history, and community. Come check out selected works by Benjamin Mitchell (1827-1865), Thomas Drew Stetson (1827-1916), and Katherine L. Ward!
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  • Hello to Autumn!Hello to Autumn!
    Happy first day of fall! In celebration of the occasion, check out this postcard from around 1915. The message on the back reads: “We need you on Rally Day. Remember the date: October 29. Do not disappoint. Help us make this our best Rally Day. Cordially yours, Grace W. Cobb”. ...
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  • 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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