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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  • 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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  • A Season’s GreetingA Season's Greeting
    For other holiday postcards, see here and here.   Source: Postcard from the Joseph Cushman Finney Papers (MC11).
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  • Consider the ManiculeConsider the Manicule
    When looking at historical texts, it is especially exciting to stumble upon a manicule. You may not know the symbol by this particular name, but I’d be willing to bet that you’ve seen this punctuation mark before: a pointing hand, drawing attention to a particular line or passage. I’m particularly referring to ...
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  • Major John BradfordMajor John Bradford
    Today marks the 281st anniversary of the death of Major John Bradford, as he died December 8, 1736. The inscription on his gravestone reads: Here lyes y body of Mayjear John Bradford who dec Decbr y 8th 1736 in y 84th year of his age he lived near 62 years with his wife Major John Bradford, born February 20, 1652, was ...
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  • Happy Holidays!Happy Holidays!
    In the spirit of the holidays, the Local History Room’s December exhibit features a collection of limited edition holiday ornaments created by the Kingston Lions Club between 1990 and 2002. Each one bears the likeness of a Kingston icon – from the old Town House and the Faunce School, to ...
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  • Thanksgiving 1917Thanksgiving 1917
    With Thanksgiving in just a few days, check out these negatives taken by noted Kingston historian and photographer, Emily Fuller Drew (1881-1950), on a freezing Thanksgiving Day in 1917.         Source: Images from the Emily Fuller Drew Collection (MC16).
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  • Looking forward to seeing The Post? Don’t forget about Gobin Stair and Beacon PressLooking forward to seeing The Post? Don't forget about Gobin Stair and Beacon Press
      One of this season’s new movies, The Post, recounts The Washington Post’s efforts to publish the Pentagon Papers.  Here in the Local History Room, we have a four-volume set of the Pentagon Papers, published by Beacon Press in 1971.  As director of the publisher, Kingston’s own Gobin Stair played a decisive role in accepting ...
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  • CranberriesCranberries
    According to a recent article in the Kingston Reporter, 20% of American cranberry consumption falls during Thanksgiving week. Our love for this particular fruit is certainly not new. This image of Keith & Adams cranberry bog on Summer Street dates back to around 1885. Source: Image is from the Mary Hathaway Collection (MC21).
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  • The (Almost) Centennial of the End of World War IThe (Almost) Centennial of the End of World War I
    Today marks the 99th anniversary of the armistice agreement between Germany and the Allies, ending the actual fighting (though the war did not officially end until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919). November 11th became known as Armistice Day until 1954, when the United States ...
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  • Winter is comingWinter is coming
    The chill in the air this week reminds us that winter is right around the corner. Soon we’ll all be bundled up like these Center Primary students from the winter of 1926! Source: This image is from the School Photographs Collection (IC5).
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  • Shall We Dance?Shall We Dance?
    During November, the lobby display case will feature a selection of photos, invitations, and dance cards from throughout Kingston’s history. Did you know that ballroom etiquette once prescribed ladies to carry dance cards to pencil in the names of gentlemen who had reserved a dance? Or that in 1875, Kingston residents held ...
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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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