Category Archives: Holidays

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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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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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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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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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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Happy Thanksgiving dance!

As a descendant of First Comers and an indefatigable researcher of their occupations, genealogies, land swaps and lawsuits, Emily Fuller Drew was perhaps more entitled than most to dress up like a Pilgrim.  It certainly seems to have suited her. … Continue reading

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Go Fourth and Parade!

In 1910, the first of many Fourth of July parades rolled in Kingston. In honor of this most American holiday, here are a few views of one of our favorite floats from the inaugural year: the “Guardians of the Clam … Continue reading

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A 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 … Continue reading

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“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 … Continue reading

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