Category Archives: Events

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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New Exhibit: Memorial Day

Decoration Day, which we now know as Memorial Day, started in 1868.  Kingston’s first documented observance was 1879, with formal Town funding starting in 1881.  Stop by the Library to see photographs of Memorial Day parades dating back over a … Continue reading

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“This place will suit you.” Kingston’s first hotel, 1854-1970

We’ve got a new exhibit in the Library lobby. Stop by and take a look. The spot where the Kingston Public Library stands was once the site of Kingston’s first hotel, built in 1854, just nine years after the Old … Continue reading

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Happy Blog-a-versary, with bonus maps

This blog started six years ago this  week with this post.  Thanks for reading! And it’s a great time to announce a new page Maps of Kingston on the Local History Room Online site, which (as the clever title suggests) has … Continue reading

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Super suave!

One of the most fun things about working in a local history collection is that sometimes people just show up with things to add to the collections.  This week, a former member of the Kingston Mother’s Club dropped off three … Continue reading

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Happy 4th!

In 1910, Kingston’s first 4th of July parade rolled through town. More photos from this parade are here and here.   Source: LHR General Image Collection IC7   For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog … Continue reading

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The Bradford House opens June 21

    There’s a reception!  And an exhibit! Breakfasts start later in the summer. Check the Jones River Village Historical Society’s website for more information.   Source: LHR General Image Collection IC7   For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and … Continue reading

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111 years ago next Wednesday…

The Liberty Bell came through Kingston! Yes, THAT Liberty Bell!  And we have five glass plate negatives to help tell the tale. Between 1885 and 1915, the Bell gallivanted around the country — down to New Orleans, across to Chicago, all … Continue reading

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Memorial Day parade

Another Memorial Day is upon us.  Here are a few photos from the Local History Room collections which provide a glimpse of one of Kingston’s Memorial Day parades sometime before 1961.*   *This date is based on a flag carried by … Continue reading

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Four-trunk elm tree

The four-trunk elm tree that stood on Main Street near Shirley Avenue was the stuff of childhood legend.  The sidewalk ran underneath and between the trunks so that a daring kid could ride a bike straight through, and a real heroic … Continue reading

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