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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  • A timely favoriteA timely favorite
    One of the things I love about this blog is the list of search terms that people use to get here.  It’s like a secret glimpse of what they want, and the sometimes very specific and other times wildly divergent ways they describe whatever that is.  The top searches are ...
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  • Our “Odd” NeighborOur "Odd" Neighbor
    If you’ve ever wondered why the building at 7 Green Street, right across from the Library, has a sign on the front that reads “Adams Lodge, IOOF, 1900” stop by and have a look at this month’s exhibit.    
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  • View from Delano’s WharfView from Delano's Wharf
    Delano’s Wharf is one of Kingston’s iconic buildings, jutting into Kingston Bay from the end of Wharf Lane, near Gray’s Beach. In a small twist of perspective, here’s a tranquil view from the Wharf.     Source: Delano Photograph Collection IC11 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library here, and the Local History Room here, and ...
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  • Somber Little ValentineSomber Little Valentine
      From Emily Drew’s photos of the Old Burying Ground, here’s the marker for Charles Little, son to Charles and Sarah Little who passed away, aged 4 month and 5 days, on February 14, 1717. Source: Emily Fuller Drew Collection MC16. Negative scanned by the Boston Public Library, under a grant from the LSTA ...
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  • Digging outDigging out
    The trolley ran through Kingston from 1889 to 1928, and while the traffic definitely increased in the summer, the cars ran all winter too. In 1922, when the Brockton & Plymouth (successor to the Plymouth & Kingston and predecessor to the Plymouth & Brockton) owned the line, the rolling stock ...
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  • “This view is beautiful”"This view is beautiful"
    Putting together an exhibit for Valentine’s Day, I found this postcard. Cataloging it for our online picture collection (coming soon!), I found this subject heading in the LOC’s TGM: “Courtship. Use for Courting, Flirtation, Wooing.” Yes, I think that just does capture it. Source: MC11 Joseph Cushman Finney Papers
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  • Still waterStill water
         
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  • Happy Birthday to the Reed Community Building!Happy Birthday to the Reed Community Building!
    Many thanks to Joe Colby, Head Custodian at the Recreation Department, for letting us know that today is the birthday of the Reed Community Building!  The photograph above appeared in The Civic Progress of Kingston (Memorial Press of Plymouth, 1926) and was accompanied by Sarah DeNormandie Bailey’s text: And this summer the ...
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  • Some days are like that.Some days are like that.
    Benjamin Delano (March 31, 1778 – January 19, 1868), having a moment.
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  • Happy Thanksgiving from the Viking hordeHappy Thanksgiving from the Viking horde
    Staged to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Pilgrim’s landing, the 1921  Pageant of the Pilgrim Spirit was a sprawling, epic production.  Among its stranger elements — ranking alongside William Bradford’s premonition of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and the Prologue and Finale spoken by  “The Voice of the Rock” — has ...
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  • Playing PilgrimPlaying Pilgrim
    This month’s exhibit showcases people from Kingston dressing up like their Pilgrim predecessors.  In 1920, the spectacle known as the Tercentenary Pageant featured a number of Kingstonians, new immigrants and Mayflower descendants alike, among its 1,300 actors.  In the 1940s and 1950s, the Major John Bradford House served as the ...
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  • “The restoration is complete.”"The restoration is complete."
    On Saturday, November 3, the Adams Building will be open to the public from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with a dedication ceremony at 2:00.
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  • Fish storyFish story
      Once again, history anonymizes. I don’t know who they were or where they were (or, for that matter, whether they took turns posing with the same fish!), but their pride and satisfaction in the day’s “work” remains clear.  
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  • Lonesome train on a lonesome trackLonesome train on a lonesome track
    Without a date, it’s hard to know if this train belonged to the Old Colony Rail Road, or the Old Colony and Fall River, or the Old Colony and Newport (you can imagine that Fall River was a little peeved when that happened), or the New York, New Haven and ...
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  • Coming soon to a street near you.Coming soon to a street near you.
    Now that fall has arrived, the snow cannot be far behind.      
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  • Historic placesHistoric places
      This September. Wikimedia, the home of Wikipedia and so much more, is hosting a photography contest called Wiki Loves Monuments, featuring photographs of properties on the National Register of Historic Places. Kingston has two buildings on the National Register of Historic Places: the Frederic C. Adams Library and the Major John Bradford ...
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  • New Exhibit: Old Home Day (and New Old Home Day!)New Exhibit: Old Home Day (and New Old Home Day!)
    Old Home Day is a small town New England tradition popular from the 1860s into the 1930s, and later in many cases.  In Kingston, the town-wide event, which included clambakes, sports, dancing, singing and parades, was held annually from 1903 to 1908, again from 1933 to 1938, in the 1970s ...
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  • Summer vacationSummer vacation
    The Local History Room is closed for summer vacation.  See you in August!
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  • Fun with photos, and SCANDAL!Fun with photos, and SCANDAL!
    Working on a box of photographs recently, I pulled this out of an acid-free envelope. Sometimes a photograph just catches your eye, and the sharp detail and rough textures of this doorway got mine, but the description “Unidentified man in doorway” left the subject of this portrait an orphan of history. Some ...
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  • New Exhibit: A few of my favorite thingsNew Exhibit: A few of my favorite things
    Instead of the photographs and documents usually on display in the Local History exhibit case, this month we’ve got a bunch of things, or more formally, artifacts, relics, realia. What kind of things are these, you might ask?  If Julie Andrews were here, she’d sing it like this… A box full of ...
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