Happy New Year!

Happy New Year postcard, no date
Happy New Year postcard, no date

A Very Happy New Year

Another New Year’s day is due

And so today I send to you

A better wish than e’er before

Because you see, I like you more

Lovingly, Mary.

Source: Joseph Finney Collection

Laddie – A Christmas Story

Laddie convinces Santa, 1928
Laddie convinces Santa, 1928

In 1928, the first and second grade students in Elspeth Hardy’s class wrote a holiday story about a little dog named Laddie saving Christmas for his family. As Mrs. Hardy described the process, “The children worked collectively; one child started with an opening sentence, the others took the thought and followed on until the tale was finished.” Illustrated by Kingston High graduate Marion Cobb Dries, the book was published in November 1928.

Laddie will be featured at Storytime in the Children’s Room on Monday, Dec. 21 at 6:30 in a special reading by archivist Susan Aprill.

‘Tis the Season…

Sunday School Christmas, 1949
Sunday School Christmas, 1949

Christmas and Santa Claus are meant for children.  This Christmas party was  held in 1949 at the Beal House on Main Street for the Sunday School of the First Parish Church.  Frank Randall served as Santa and Helen Williams, the director of the Sunday School, stands to his right.  Some of the excited children have been identified.  Do you know any of them?

How times have changed: that is a REAL evergreen tree decorated for the holiday!

For your holiday viewing and shopping pleasure!

The Friends of the Kingston Public Library are offering a lovely set of notecards featuring 12 historic scenes of Kingston from the Local History Room.  Some larger prints of these photographs are on display in the lobby.  Please stop by, take a look and if you like, pick up a box of cards for the low, low price of $10.

Kingston passenger railroad station, no date.
Kingston passenger railroad station, no date.
Frederic C. Adams Library, 1908
Frederic C. Adams Library, 1908
The Holmes shipyard at the Landing, about 1890
The Holmes shipyard at the Landing, about 1890