Nichols Memorial Research Library

Nichols Memorial Research Library An extension of the Kingston Historical Museum, we specialize in genealogical research, housing the town's archives and the Kingston Museum's collections.

The Nichols Memorial Research Library is a historic library building that was built in 1898, designed by Dwight and Chandler of Boston. It was built as a gift to the town of Kingston by town native J. Howard Nichols, a Boston industrialist and philanthropist. The building is distinctive statewide as the only local library building exhibiting Shingle style and Richardsonian Romanesque features. The

The Nichols Memorial Research Library is a historic library building that was built in 1898, designed by Dwight and Chandler of Boston. It was built as a gift to the town of Kingston by town native J. Howard Nichols, a Boston industrialist and philanthropist. The building is distinctive statewide as the only local library building exhibiting Shingle style and Richardsonian Romanesque features. The

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Rest In Peace Halcyon Springer. Thank you for your contributions to the Museum. It was a pleasure working with you, and ...
08/31/2021

Rest In Peace Halcyon Springer. Thank you for your contributions to the Museum. It was a pleasure working with you, and having your help with our archives and collections. We'll miss hearing your recollections of times passed.

Rest In Peace Halcyon Springer. Thank you for your contributions to the Museum. It was a pleasure working with you, and having your help with our archives and collections. We'll miss hearing your recollections of times passed.

WWI Service flag that hung at Sanborn Seminary after the war. The gold star signifies three men had died in the war, the...
05/31/2021

WWI Service flag that hung at Sanborn Seminary after the war. The gold star signifies three men had died in the war, the blue star signifies 174 men that served. #MemorialDay #WWI #ServiceFlag #KingstonHistory #KingstonNH #NewHampshireHistory

WWI Service flag that hung at Sanborn Seminary after the war. The gold star signifies three men had died in the war, the blue star signifies 174 men that served. #MemorialDay #WWI #ServiceFlag #KingstonHistory #KingstonNH #NewHampshireHistory

Don Clark passed away yesterday. In October, he and his wife Priscilla celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. He was...
03/06/2021

Don Clark passed away yesterday. In October, he and his wife Priscilla celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. He was a wealth of knowledge, and very generously lent us this incredible scrapbook of his, several years ago, for us to document, and scan, to add to our collections. He will be greatly missed by all of us here at the Museum.💔

Turner House History & Updates Pembroke
01/16/2021
Turner House History & Updates Pembroke

Turner House History & Updates Pembroke

PACTV Community News- January 25th 2018Pembroke MA-The life cycle of the Turner House in Pembroke has been a tumultuous one. Drivers by may know it as that l...

A Christie Poultry Farms box, from when the poultry business was BOOMING in Kingston (from about 1930 - 1960). Christie'...
01/13/2021

A Christie Poultry Farms box, from when the poultry business was BOOMING in Kingston (from about 1930 - 1960). Christie's was known for their Spizzerinktum breed, developed by Andrew Christie in the 1920s. Fun fact: Kingston was home to the largest breeder hatchery in the country. By 1950 Kingston also had the largest population of foundation stock for broiler production in the world, hatching literally millions of chickens.

Came across this picture of the The Church On The Plains, while shorting through 35 years worth of photographs from Carr...
12/19/2020

Came across this picture of the The Church On The Plains, while shorting through 35 years worth of photographs from Carriage Towne News, before we're able to start a scanning project.

Shorting through 35 years worth of photographs from Carriage Towne News, before we're able to start a scanning project.
12/19/2020

Shorting through 35 years worth of photographs from Carriage Towne News, before we're able to start a scanning project.

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored, and ordered the new, updated Kingston History book so far. You can still order ...
12/14/2020

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored, and ordered the new, updated Kingston History book so far. You can still order your copy, at Town Hall, or the Kingston Community Library.

12/08/2020
Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

Talk to an apothecary about 18th-century health issues, from minor personal ailments to widespread outbreaks, that impacted entire communities. Many of these concerns are still relevant today, as are many of the treatments and economic challenges.

Auburn Historical Association
12/06/2020

Auburn Historical Association

Here is a story that was in the December Auburn Village Crier:

In 1907, John Zacharko, his wife Anna, and toddler son, Jan left Austria and sailed to Galveston, Texas. There, the family shortened their name to Harko and their son “Jan” became John - John Harko. Within a year, the senior Harko accepted a job with the Amoskeag Mills and the family moved to Manchester, NH. There, young John Harko graduated from grammar school and went into construction. He also was a local boxer who won the New England featherweight championship twice.

After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, 35 year old Harko joined the US Navy. He served for the duration of WWII and taught young sailors the ‘sweet science’ of boxing. After the war, Harko owned a tire shop and used car lot on Elm Street.

When he retired, Harko set up a glass furnace at his home on Crystal Lake. He knew that in the 1840’s, a glass works in Suncook, NH, had produced blue glass from Lake Massabesic sand. The blue color comes from trace elements of cobalt in the sand. After obtaining permission from the Manchester Water Works to use Massabesic sand, Harko tested samples and found that the best sand for making glass was at Preston Beach ( Manchester Rd, MWW Fire Trail 48 ). Heated to 2500 degrees, the sand liquifies and becomes a beautiful cobalt blue color. From aluminum molds, Harko made pitchers and containers that honored organizations like the Lions Club and Boy Scouts and historical figures like John Stark and George Washington. He also melted down green 7 Up bottles and applied the green glass to his fancier creations. The ‘HARKO’ signature is etched into the bottom of all pieces.

John Harko had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in the Manchester area. He gave away all of his creations to people that he thought would enjoy them. Harko died in 1997 at the age of 91. In October of this year, a cobalt blue pitcher made from the white sand at Preston Beach was put up for auction on eBay with a starting bid of $90.

Story written by Dan Carpenter

Pre-order your copy of the updated Kingston History book today. Don't miss out! We are only doing one run on printing, d...
12/02/2020

Pre-order your copy of the updated Kingston History book today. Don't miss out! We are only doing one run on printing, due to permissions we have for some of the pictures used.

Support preservation efforts of this historic building, by signing the petition. There have been several articles about ...
06/30/2020
Sign the Petition

Support preservation efforts of this historic building, by signing the petition. There have been several articles about it published in the Union Leader, over the past week or so.

Save The Chandler House

After 105 Years, Ioka to No Longer Be a Theater — The Exonian
04/27/2020
After 105 Years, Ioka to No Longer Be a Theater — The Exonian

After 105 Years, Ioka to No Longer Be a Theater — The Exonian

By Andrea Luo, Anya Tang and Clark Wu Since 1915, the Ioka Theater has stood at the heart of downtown Exeter, drawing townspeople to its many screenings. After its closure in 2008, the Ioka’s fate remained uncertain until a recent acquisition by IOKA Properties, LLC. IOKA Properties Co-Managers Da

We're looking for people, and businesses to help sponsor the updated version of Kingston's history book, to publish. Ple...
04/08/2020
Historical Museum Committee | Kingston NH

We're looking for people, and businesses to help sponsor the updated version of Kingston's history book, to publish. Please see the Sponsorship Form in the link below, for more information.

Would you like to contribute to Kingston's updated history book? Become a sponsor! Please see the Sponsorship Form for more information, HERE. Photo by Bruce GoodwinThe Kingston Historical Museum was founded in 1969 in support of the 275th anniversary of the founding of Kingston. Today the Museum is...

Over 400 men, women and children were sold on this day in 1859. It was the largest single sale of enslaved people in U.S...
03/03/2020
The Horrors of the 'Great Slave Auction'

Over 400 men, women and children were sold on this day in 1859. It was the largest single sale of enslaved people in U.S. history but is barely talked about today.

The largest sale of enslaved people ever to take place in the U.S. tore families apart

How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread Across America
02/28/2020
How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread Across America

How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread Across America

The toll of history’s worst epidemic surpasses all the military deaths in World War I and World War II combined. And it may have begun in the United States

02/06/2020

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New Hampshire recognizes historic significance of 4 sites
02/03/2020
New Hampshire recognizes historic significance of 4 sites

New Hampshire recognizes historic significance of 4 sites

New Hampshire has added four properties including a chapel and an inn to the state register of historic places, the state Division of Historical Resources has announced.

The scope of work on the church built in 1842 goes from the ground up, including repairing the granite foundation, shori...
01/21/2020
Effort to save Gilmanton church rooted in sense of community

The scope of work on the church built in 1842 goes from the ground up, including repairing the granite foundation, shoring up aging chimneys, fixing a leaking roof and stabilizing the bell tower.

The oversized bell at the First Baptist Church in Gilmanton rings no more.The bell tower of the Greek Revival church built in 1842 is listing backward toward the center of the structure. Its centuries-old support beams and a critical wind brace have...

Prized by antique collectors today, hatpins were commonplace and controversial. They ranged in size between 6 and 12 inc...
01/21/2020
Brief History of Hatpins

Prized by antique collectors today, hatpins were commonplace and controversial. They ranged in size between 6 and 12 inches long depending on the size of the hat they needed to secure to a woman’s head. They were fancy or practical, made from every available material ranging from precious metals to gemstones to plastics and paste. Hatpin makers marketed their products to the various levels of society, ranging from the extremely ornate and expensive to the simple and functional. The heyday of the hatpin was between the 1880's and 1920’s, after which hair styles became short and the hats became smaller making the pins unnecessary.

Prospective buyers had to state their intended use of the property, the restoration project timeline and cost, and resto...
12/27/2019
This 10-bedroom mansion in New York was offered for only $50,000, with one catch

Prospective buyers had to state their intended use of the property, the restoration project timeline and cost, and restoration plan in order to be considered as a part of their application. "It's not so much the buyer who offers the best price that is of importance here, it's the buyer with the best intended use and plan to restore this mansion that really matters," said DeRosa.

A 6,000-square-foot, 10-bedroom Victorian mansion could've been yours for only $50,000, but there was one catch: You had to put together a restoration proposal for the historic property in order to be considered.

Printable PDF coloring books based on the collections of over a hundred different museums and libraries around the world...
12/17/2019
Download Coloring Pages From Over 100 Museums

Printable PDF coloring books based on the collections of over a hundred different museums and libraries around the world. Check out Color Our Collections.❤

Over a hundred museums and libraries around the world make coloring books based on their collections for the Color Our Collections program, led by the New York Academy of Medicine. Along with three previous annual collections, there are now 396 PDF coloring books you can print out. Here are some of....

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