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About LHR

We are the staff and volunteers of the Local History Room at the Kingston (Mass.) Public Library.

New exhibit: Summertime, and vacation!

Two summer-related announcements. First, the new exhibit in the LHR’s lobby display case features selected images of Kingston summers gone by. Just as we do today, past Kingston residents and visitors enjoyed the warmth of the brief New England summers. … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

There’s a spot in Kingston just west of Exit 9 on Route 3, elevation about 68 feet, which has been long known as Thomas’ Hill. [This screen shot is from the Town’s GIS, which is just amazing. Give it a try!] … Continue reading

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New exhibit: Tura’s Pharmacy

From the 1870s until last October, Kingston had a drugstore on Summer Street. Tura’s Pharmacy has a long history, and it’s on display in the Local History Room’s exhibit case this month. Stop by the Library and check it out.

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Merry Christmas

From the fabulous Finney postcards comes this touching glimpse of two mischievous vandals and their squirrel sidekick pranking Santa while he naps. For more Christmas goodness from the Local History Room , see here and here.   Source: Joseph Cushman Finney Papers … Continue reading

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New exhibit: Laddie: A Christmas Story

Just for the holidays! Stop by the Library and see Laddie. This is Elspeth Hardy’s first grade class at the Faunce School (then called Center Primary) in 1915. In 1928, she would help another group of students write a book, … Continue reading

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Welcome Home from the War to End All Wars

For more on Kingston’s Welcome Home parade, see this post.   Source: Emily Fuller Drew Collection MC16. Negatives scanned with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and digitized at the Boston Public Library in conjunction with the Digital … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween from 1952

    Source: School Photographs IC5 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at piqueoftheweek.wordpress.com

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A lovely little launch

Yes, the Local History Room is full of old stuff, but sometimes we get new old stuff, new to us anyway.  One of our recent accessions is a small trove of photographs, most not well identified, of boats built by … Continue reading

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New exhibit: Carved in Stone

Kingston has grave stones that predate the town.  Photos of some of them are in the display case this month.     Source: Jones River Village Historical Society Lantern Slides IC4 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local … Continue reading

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New exhibit: It’s National Library Card Sign-up Month

Do you have a library card? If not, please stop by the Library and get one, and take a look at this month’s Local History exhibit featuring some older library registers and cards. Source: Frederic C. Adams Library and  Kingston Public … Continue reading

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