Pique of the Week

Pique of the Week is a quick, fun way to dip into the collections as we put them online.  We want to share what piqued our curiosity this week, but we also want you to talk to us. Let us know what you think and what you want to see.
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  • Childhood Hours by Cousin BenjaChildhood Hours by Cousin Benja
      Benjamin Mitchell (1827-1865), who wrote as Cousin Benja, is featured in this month’s exhibit. He spent all of his life in Kingston and composed poetry and essays primarily about nature, God, and the spirit. The following poem is included in a collection of his works, Poems and Letters, compiled by his ...
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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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  • 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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  • “Just a word to let you know I am still alive…”: Postcards from World War I“Just a word to let you know I am still alive…”: Postcards from World War I
      When the US entered World War I in 1917 and called for a draft, Joseph Finney registered during the first round. He became one of approximately 2 million men who joined the American Expeditionary Forces, armed forces sent overseas to Europe. Throughout his service he exchanged postcards with friends and ...
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  • Feline friendFeline friend
      Since we saw a photo of Rose Delano with a litter of puppies earlier this month, it’s only fair to see a feline friend too! Here is Norma Drew holding a rather patient cat in her arms.   Source: Image from the Emily Fuller Drew Collection (MC16).
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  • Skiing down Summer StreetSkiing down Summer Street
      On a snowy, winter day a hundred years ago, these four young men strapped on their cross-country skis and posed for this picture right in the center of Summer Street, just north of the railroad tracks. The Adams Block is visible on the right, and the laundry building that was ...
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  • CyanotypesCyanotypes
    Cyanotype photographic prints are immediately recognizable. Their striking blue appearance is the result of a particular chemical combination (though the prints can in fact be toned to alter this color). Credited to Sir John Herschel—an astronomer and chemist—in 1842, the cyanotype process involves coating a piece of paper with a solution of ...
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  • PuppiesPuppies
    Here’s an especially fun photograph to enjoy. It’s clear from the blurriness that the puppies were on the move—as puppies usually are. Rose (Blair) Delano is holding one of them, while a stoic hound sits by her side.   Source: Image from the Delano Photograph Collection (IC11).
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  • Ada Brewster: Civil War Nurse, Traveler, and ArtistAda Brewster: Civil War Nurse, Traveler, and Artist
      Ada Brewster, born in Kingston on May 25, 1842, lived a fascinating life. She served as a nurse at Lovell General Hopsital in Rhode Island during the Civil War; worked at the U.S. Mint in Carson City, Nevada during the production of the first trade dollar coined by the federal government; ...
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  • Best New Year WishesBest New Year Wishes
    Happy New Year from the Local History Room!   Source: Postcard from the Joseph Cushman Finney Papers (MC11).
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