Kingston NH Museum

Kingston NH Museum Family History and Archives The Kingston Historical Museum is a group of dedicated volunteers who have worked to establish the museum headquarters at the Nichols Memorial Library.

Today the museum complex includes the former Fire House on Depot Road; the Tramp House behind the Town Hall, and the Grace Daley Barn. The Museum's collection includes 1000s of images and objects of Kingston's past. The Museum is open Wednesday from 9am to Noon or by appointment. From May-October the Museum is open the 2nd Saturday of the month from 1-4pm.

LOOK WHO’S READING THE NEW KINGSTON HISTORYI'm proud to be part of a big book that captures thehistory and vitality of o...
08/22/2021

LOOK WHO’S READING THE NEW KINGSTON HISTORY

I'm proud to be part of a big book that captures the
history and vitality of our town. I've been gone a long
time, but I still savor the apple-sweet smells of Roy's Acres,
still peer up at the top of the Rockrimmon Tower,
and still hear the carry-me-back-home moan
of the Boston & Maine freight train.

Dana Jennings

When we asked Dana if he would write a few pieces for the new Kingston History he didn't hesitate. He's observations and insights into his own experiences growing up in Kingston are unique yet so relatable. Dana takes us back to the Kingston Carnival, and working at the barrel factory. The memories that "Heard in New Hampshire" invokes are incredible. Thank You Dana for supporting this project, your books and your obvious love for Kingston!

LOOK WHO’S READING THE NEW KINGSTON HISTORY

I'm proud to be part of a big book that captures the
history and vitality of our town. I've been gone a long
time, but I still savor the apple-sweet smells of Roy's Acres,
still peer up at the top of the Rockrimmon Tower,
and still hear the carry-me-back-home moan
of the Boston & Maine freight train.

Dana Jennings

When we asked Dana if he would write a few pieces for the new Kingston History he didn't hesitate. He's observations and insights into his own experiences growing up in Kingston are unique yet so relatable. Dana takes us back to the Kingston Carnival, and working at the barrel factory. The memories that "Heard in New Hampshire" invokes are incredible. Thank You Dana for supporting this project, your books and your obvious love for Kingston!

LOOK WHO'S READING THE NEW KINGSTON HISTORYDana Cheney showing his wife Bonita all the Cheney history Great Picture Dana...
08/20/2021

LOOK WHO'S READING THE NEW KINGSTON HISTORY

Dana Cheney showing his wife Bonita all the Cheney history
Great Picture Dana! Thank you for joining our campaign!

The Cheney family and the mill played an important part in our town's history. We love the comments posted in response to Dana's picture.

The new History has extensive sections covering Kingston industries from mills, tanneries, taverns, carriages, shoe and poultry.

Purchase the New Kingston History soon while supplies last. 500 books are already gone! Pick up a copy at the Town Clerk’s Office or Kingston Community Library.

LOOK WHO'S READING THE NEW KINGSTON HISTORY

Dana Cheney showing his wife Bonita all the Cheney history
Great Picture Dana! Thank you for joining our campaign!

The Cheney family and the mill played an important part in our town's history. We love the comments posted in response to Dana's picture.

The new History has extensive sections covering Kingston industries from mills, tanneries, taverns, carriages, shoe and poultry.

Purchase the New Kingston History soon while supplies last. 500 books are already gone! Pick up a copy at the Town Clerk’s Office or Kingston Community Library.

LOOK WHO'S READING THE NEW KINGSTON HISTORY!Tammy, Holly, Gail and Caitlin helped us with our research into many areas o...
08/18/2021

LOOK WHO'S READING THE NEW KINGSTON HISTORY!

Tammy, Holly, Gail and Caitlin helped us with our research into many areas of Kingston's history by sharing their records in the Town Clerk’s office and their memories. Here they are checking out Chapter 2 which covers Kingston's town government.

Tammy and her team have been selling the new Kingston History at a record pace. 500 Kingston history lovers have picked up their book in less than 2 months!! We could not have reached this milestone without Tammy, Holly, Gail and Caitlin.

The books are going fast! The Kingston Museum does not plan to have a second printing of the new History. Once the original books are sold out that will be it. Pick up your copy at the Town Clerk’s office or at the Kingston Community Library now!

In Kingston we have so many people who have formed great teams that work to make Kingston a great place to call home. The Town Clerk’s office is one such team! Thank You Ladies for all the support you have provide to the Museum for this project and in so many other ways!

LOOK WHO'S READING THE NEW KINGSTON HISTORY!

Tammy, Holly, Gail and Caitlin helped us with our research into many areas of Kingston's history by sharing their records in the Town Clerk’s office and their memories. Here they are checking out Chapter 2 which covers Kingston's town government.

Tammy and her team have been selling the new Kingston History at a record pace. 500 Kingston history lovers have picked up their book in less than 2 months!! We could not have reached this milestone without Tammy, Holly, Gail and Caitlin.

The books are going fast! The Kingston Museum does not plan to have a second printing of the new History. Once the original books are sold out that will be it. Pick up your copy at the Town Clerk’s office or at the Kingston Community Library now!

In Kingston we have so many people who have formed great teams that work to make Kingston a great place to call home. The Town Clerk’s office is one such team! Thank You Ladies for all the support you have provide to the Museum for this project and in so many other ways!

Look Who’s Reading the New Kingston History.Donna Chaput Meuse posted this photo and message.My wonderful husband’s birt...
08/15/2021

Look Who’s Reading the New Kingston History.

Donna Chaput Meuse posted this photo and message.
My wonderful husband’s birthday is today, and look what he got for a gift! He was really looking forward to it, and is impressed by the quality and the details in this history of Kingston.

Happy Birthday Bud! We want to hear back from you on your favorite part of the book. Donna had a great idea to give the book as a present!

You can purchase the book at the Town Clerk's Office or at the Kingston Community Library.

Look Who’s Reading the New Kingston History.

Donna Chaput Meuse posted this photo and message.
My wonderful husband’s birthday is today, and look what he got for a gift! He was really looking forward to it, and is impressed by the quality and the details in this history of Kingston.

Happy Birthday Bud! We want to hear back from you on your favorite part of the book. Donna had a great idea to give the book as a present!

You can purchase the book at the Town Clerk's Office or at the Kingston Community Library.

LOOK WHO'S READING THE NEW KINGSTON HISTORY!Chief Don Briggs, Jr. took a few minutes last week to check out the new King...
08/11/2021

LOOK WHO'S READING THE NEW KINGSTON HISTORY!

Chief Don Briggs, Jr. took a few minutes last week to check out the new Kingston History. Don has been Kingston's Police Chief since 1995. Where has the time gone? Don told us at the Museum last Wednesday that he plans to retire sometime before the summer 2022. It is extremely rare for a town to have a Police Chief that grew up in town, attended its schools and volunteered with many organizations. It's unlikely to happen again. Kingston has been very lucky to have had a native son with a love for his/our hometown as well as his chosen profession. Thank you Don!

Now the fun part. We loved to collect some stories about Don. Post them here.

Did you know that Don was named New Hampshire's Champion for Children in 2013? Read all about Don's award in the new Kingston History.

Purchase the new Kingston History at the Town Clerk's office and at the Kingston Community Library.

Please post your own photograph with the new Kingston History and any comments you may have.

LOOK WHO'S READING THE NEW KINGSTON HISTORY!

Chief Don Briggs, Jr. took a few minutes last week to check out the new Kingston History. Don has been Kingston's Police Chief since 1995. Where has the time gone? Don told us at the Museum last Wednesday that he plans to retire sometime before the summer 2022. It is extremely rare for a town to have a Police Chief that grew up in town, attended its schools and volunteered with many organizations. It's unlikely to happen again. Kingston has been very lucky to have had a native son with a love for his/our hometown as well as his chosen profession. Thank you Don!

Now the fun part. We loved to collect some stories about Don. Post them here.

Did you know that Don was named New Hampshire's Champion for Children in 2013? Read all about Don's award in the new Kingston History.

Purchase the new Kingston History at the Town Clerk's office and at the Kingston Community Library.

Please post your own photograph with the new Kingston History and any comments you may have.

Hi All - The Kingston Museum will be hosting its Annual Flea Market on the Plains - Saturday August 7th. Booth Set Up St...
07/31/2021

Hi All -
The Kingston Museum will be hosting its Annual Flea Market on the Plains - Saturday August 7th.

Booth Set Up Starts at 6am.

Vendors contact me at [email protected] and I will send you a vendor package.

Sorry for any confusion caused by the omission of the Flea Market to the Kingston Days schedule.

Hi All -
The Kingston Museum will be hosting its Annual Flea Market on the Plains - Saturday August 7th.

Booth Set Up Starts at 6am.

Vendors contact me at [email protected] and I will send you a vendor package.

Sorry for any confusion caused by the omission of the Flea Market to the Kingston Days schedule.

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!Lifelong resident and Kingston Road Agent Rich St. Hilaire is shown checking...
07/29/2021

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!

Lifelong resident and Kingston Road Agent Rich St. Hilaire is shown checking out the new Kingston History. Can you name all the roles Rich performs on behalf of Kingston! We not sure that even Rich knows. Thank you Rich for all of your years of service to our town especially the help you and your team provide to the Museum.

Join Rich by picking up your copy of the new Kingston History and posting your photograph!

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!

Lifelong resident and Kingston Road Agent Rich St. Hilaire is shown checking out the new Kingston History. Can you name all the roles Rich performs on behalf of Kingston! We not sure that even Rich knows. Thank you Rich for all of your years of service to our town especially the help you and your team provide to the Museum.

Join Rich by picking up your copy of the new Kingston History and posting your photograph!

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!Ken Isaacs seems to be particularly enjoying pages 528-529!  But…there’s muc...
07/28/2021

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!

Ken Isaacs seems to be particularly enjoying pages 528-529! But…there’s much more of interest throughout the book! Purchase at Town Clerk’s Office.

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!

Ken Isaacs seems to be particularly enjoying pages 528-529! But…there’s much more of interest throughout the book! Purchase at Town Clerk’s Office.

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston HistoryEvy Nathan, Chair, Kingston Conservation Commission says: What a fabulous boo...
07/27/2021

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History

Evy Nathan, Chair, Kingston Conservation Commission says:
What a fabulous book! Every day I open it randomly and read a few pages. It covers absolutely everything and everyone, wonderfully digestible. Find your own name in the index!

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History

Evy Nathan, Chair, Kingston Conservation Commission says:
What a fabulous book! Every day I open it randomly and read a few pages. It covers absolutely everything and everyone, wonderfully digestible. Find your own name in the index!

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!Bob and Virginia Morse are shown checking out the new Kingston History recen...
07/22/2021

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!

Bob and Virginia Morse are shown checking out the new Kingston History recently at the Sponsor Party held at the Museum. Thank you Bob and Virginia for all of your efforts on behalf of Kingston and for sponsoring the new history.

Get your copy at the Museum, Town Hall or Library. We are convinced you will learn something about Kingston you didn't know before!

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!

Bob and Virginia Morse are shown checking out the new Kingston History recently at the Sponsor Party held at the Museum. Thank you Bob and Virginia for all of your efforts on behalf of Kingston and for sponsoring the new history.

Get your copy at the Museum, Town Hall or Library. We are convinced you will learn something about Kingston you didn't know before!

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!Ellen Hume Howard posted:  Former Sanborn Middle School Teachers Checking ou...
07/17/2021

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!

Ellen Hume Howard posted: Former Sanborn Middle School Teachers Checking out their photo in the New Kingston History book. Ellen Hume-Howard, Ruth Benjamin, MaryAnn Medzela, Kate Wood, Mike Gibbons, Rick Chretien, Bobby Haurand, and Eileen Haurand

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!

Ellen Hume Howard posted: Former Sanborn Middle School Teachers Checking out their photo in the New Kingston History book. Ellen Hume-Howard, Ruth Benjamin, MaryAnn Medzela, Kate Wood, Mike Gibbons, Rick Chretien, Bobby Haurand, and Eileen Haurand

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!What a treasure ! We keep learning things about the town we have lived in fo...
07/14/2021

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!

What a treasure ! We keep learning things about the town we have lived in for 50 years!!❤ Martha Tracey Heckman (sorry about the backward cover)

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!

What a treasure ! We keep learning things about the town we have lived in for 50 years!!❤ Martha Tracey Heckman (sorry about the backward cover)

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!The New Kingston History is the talk of the town. People are sharing their d...
07/11/2021

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!

The New Kingston History is the talk of the town. People are sharing their discoveries with each other.

Betty Bakie Flanagan and Cindi Bakie Lewandowski are descendant of James and Elizabeth Bakie who established the Bakie farm on Pow Wow River Road in 1853. Something caught their eye in the book during a recent work session at the Kingston Historical Museum where they both volunteer. Both Betty and Cindi along with Gordon Bakie have donated any items to the museum including many family photographs that were used in the new history. Thank you Bakie family!

Join Betty and Cindi and post a picture with the New Kingston History. Let us know what you think!!

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!

The New Kingston History is the talk of the town. People are sharing their discoveries with each other.

Betty Bakie Flanagan and Cindi Bakie Lewandowski are descendant of James and Elizabeth Bakie who established the Bakie farm on Pow Wow River Road in 1853. Something caught their eye in the book during a recent work session at the Kingston Historical Museum where they both volunteer. Both Betty and Cindi along with Gordon Bakie have donated any items to the museum including many family photographs that were used in the new history. Thank you Bakie family!

Join Betty and Cindi and post a picture with the New Kingston History. Let us know what you think!!

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!Sisters Priscilla Bodwell Clark and Joan Bodwell Clark got together recently...
07/09/2021

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!

Sisters Priscilla Bodwell Clark and Joan Bodwell Clark got together recently to check out the New Kingston History. Looks like the book was a hit!

Priscilla and Joan along with their husbands Don and Wally have donated many items to the Kingston Historical Museum. In particular for the new history they share their memories and many family photographs. Thank you ladies.

Look Who's Reading the New Kingston History!

Sisters Priscilla Bodwell Clark and Joan Bodwell Clark got together recently to check out the New Kingston History. Looks like the book was a hit!

Priscilla and Joan along with their husbands Don and Wally have donated many items to the Kingston Historical Museum. In particular for the new history they share their memories and many family photographs. Thank you ladies.

July 3, 2021Dear Kingston History Book Committee and Kingston Historical Museum,Having received the history and stories ...
07/05/2021

July 3, 2021

Dear Kingston History Book Committee and Kingston Historical Museum,

Having received the history and stories book over the July Fourth weekend and because of the in- climate weather and cool temperatures provided me an opportunity to take a deep dive into this outstanding book, as a result of everyone’s hard work.

Growing up in Kingston, the balance of pictures and content was inspiring to read and view due to everyone’s contribution and the committee’s coordination, communication, input and dedication toward the results. With the Historical Museum and their history of compiling information complimented everyone toward this achievement.

With the computation of input from your contributing sources, reviewers and writers, I found the editing to be superb, consistent in structure, easy reading and well choreograph on your well thought out topics.

In reviewing the book, it educated me on the history of Kingston, while bringing back a lot of memories on the more current issues even to the point, that I learned some things about my Brother David and Sisters Judy and Sandra, that I didn’t know.

I want to congratulate all of you for taking on this massive undertaking and because of your work, it will enriched everyone whether from Kingston or not, that with an inspiration, team work and unselfish behavior what a tremendous result that can be accomplished.

Congratulations on a job well done!

John C. Conant
Windham, NH
Sanborn Seminary Class 1961

July 3, 2021

Dear Kingston History Book Committee and Kingston Historical Museum,

Having received the history and stories book over the July Fourth weekend and because of the in- climate weather and cool temperatures provided me an opportunity to take a deep dive into this outstanding book, as a result of everyone’s hard work.

Growing up in Kingston, the balance of pictures and content was inspiring to read and view due to everyone’s contribution and the committee’s coordination, communication, input and dedication toward the results. With the Historical Museum and their history of compiling information complimented everyone toward this achievement.

With the computation of input from your contributing sources, reviewers and writers, I found the editing to be superb, consistent in structure, easy reading and well choreograph on your well thought out topics.

In reviewing the book, it educated me on the history of Kingston, while bringing back a lot of memories on the more current issues even to the point, that I learned some things about my Brother David and Sisters Judy and Sandra, that I didn’t know.

I want to congratulate all of you for taking on this massive undertaking and because of your work, it will enriched everyone whether from Kingston or not, that with an inspiration, team work and unselfish behavior what a tremendous result that can be accomplished.

Congratulations on a job well done!

John C. Conant
Windham, NH
Sanborn Seminary Class 1961

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Former Sanborn Middle School Teachers Checking our their photo in the New Kingston History book. Ellen Hume-Howard, Ruth Benjamin, MaryAnn Medzela, Kate Wood, Mike Gibbons, Rick Chretien, Bobby Haurand, and Eileen Haurand
Have you gotten your copy of Kingston’s History book yet? I did, and I must say, I’m pretty impressed with all the work that went into this book! And then to see a page dedicated to my Dad! ❤️ Proud daughter moment! Did you find anything interesting? Did your family make a name for themselves in our little town?
The Kingston Historical Museum is requesting photos of how you and your family are spending your time during the Covid 19 Pandemic. In 15, 25, or 50 years from now the Museum may have a display on what we were doing during this time. Please send photos of: ~Your family engaged in "remote learning" vs attending school; students engaged in school work/activities. ~How you're spending your time. Family activities. ~How different you neighborhood/street looks...are there businesses closed near you? ~Any other photos relative to Kingston during this time period. Please email photos to: [email protected]
For months, a group of dedicated volunteers have been busy researching and writing an update to Kingston’s history. It’s peppered with wonderful, well- and little-known information, such as a the collection of Stone Age tools at the Historical Society, some that date back 8,000 years. And that the town must owe the British crown 325 peppercorns, its unpaid rent of one peppercorn a year as required by its original royal charter. (There are no pepper corns in the towns annual budget, so the bill must be unpaid?) Although the volunteers are writing the book, to produce it requires funds for professional design and printing. The Kingston Town History Committee is currently seeking financial help through donations and sponsorships to defray the cost of producing what should be a roughly 500-page, hard-cover book anyone would be proud to have on their bookshelf. The committee is accepting sponsorships in the amounts of $500, $275, and $100 in the coming weeks. Sponsors names will be prominently displayed in the book. Donation forms are available on the town’s website at, https://www.kingstonnh.org/sites/kingstonnh/files/uploads/sponsor_request_combined.pdf, But can also be found under the Museum and Heritage pages, follow the links to the History Book, Sponsorship form. For more information, contact Bob Bean at 603-289-5027 or [email protected], as well as Lesley Hume at 603-702-2021 or [email protected].
When the Town Hall was burned in 1928, a lot of original records were lost. However, in 1885 Marcus M. Bartlett (no known relation to Josiah??) transcribed a whole bunch of our early records, among them the attached from May 1st, 1775. At which time Kingston created a group of militia called "Minute Men", to "...perserve the public peice " (sic). That would have been just after hearing about the famous stand by the Concord, Mass. Minute Men in April of that year. In this town meeting we also voted to send Josiah Bartlett to a meeting of regional parishes as a Deputie. Kingston was right in the middle of the American Revolution.
I am interested in visiting the Museum but can not find a way to determine the dates and times it is open. I remember seeing a sign that said it was open on Wednesdays, but wondered what hours it would be open. Is it every Wed. or just a couple a month? I was at the Public library a few weeks ago and drove past the Museum, but we were there on Thursday, and it wasn't open. I would like to visit, but don't want to drive all the way up there without knowning if it would be open or not. Any assistance? Thanks. Marcia
I love the photo of the band on the boat!!! Kingston must have been a "happening place" back then! Still is!!💕
Hello Kingston, NH Museum - I'm researching the death of a local physicia in town. His name was Fred W. Ingalls. I'm wondering if there are any Ingalls in town who may've been related and who may know something of the family history. He died on March 14th, 1894 at the age of 35. He was originally from Canturbury but was a physcian in Kingston when he passed. Any help is appreciated!
My great grandfather!
Salisbury Historical Society, NH In doing research for The Salisbury Historical Society of New Hampshire I see that our towns were in the past deeply connected in fact the Proprietors from Kingston were the key to establishing the very town of Salisbury NH. Several of our pioneer families hail from Kingston adn moved to the frontier. Currently this month we are focusing on what was likely our very first church which once existed high on a hill with a sweeping view. In 1764 I see that Deacon Elisha Swett and Jonathan Woodman in Kingston selected the site in our town, 10 acres on Searle's Hill called afterwards. In Kingston April 7, 1768 pews were sold to help fund the church. John Calef, David Tiltion, Samuel French and Jonathan Ladd purchased pews as did Josiah Bartlett all this according to John Dearborn in his History of Salisbury NH. There the Websters attended as well as your Josiah Bartlett from time to time while visitng his nephew Dr. Joseph Bartlett. The church that is shown in our profile picture is a reconstructed building 1791, using the materials from the original on Searles Hill which was moved to a lower land site in a part of town growing in population toward the end of the 1700's. Recently, we had an event for fourth graders which included a cemetery walk and our reenactor as Reuben True told about his love and wife Rhoda Bartlett True daughter of Josiah Bartlett. Thank you to the Proprietors of Kingston for establishing Salisbury! #searleshill,#josiahbartlett