Our Archive Site Temporarily Down- Restored!

Kingston Historical Society operates a second website, archive.khsnj.org which holds older materials. We are working on upgrades, and as of March 1, 2024 the site is down. More news when we have completed the upgrades.
UPDATE: archive.khsnj.org is back on line. The Omeka archiving software is updated and ready for more documentation.

The Society needs more volunteers to document “all things Kingston”

Archiving… and you

The Kingston Historical Society (KHS) was formed in 1997 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization to preserve, enhance and promote the history of the village of Kingston, New Jersey.

For the past 25+ years we have been been collecting items related to the village of Kingston and preparing presentations for the community. Some of our artifacts help us to understand our environment. For example, the flour sack shows what was produced at the Kingston mill on the Millstone River.

Copies of photos brought to Photo Night at the Kingston Firehouse on March 5, 6, 2011
Flour Sack from Kingston Roller Mills

Other items help us to remember our more recent history.

Glasses and mugs from community anniversaries (and the Main Street Coffee House)

The Kingston Historical Society maintains a second website to show photographs of artifacts via the world wide web. This second site uses a more formal style than our main, WordPress formatted, website. Items in the archive site can be linked back to our WordPress pages, as seen here–

Here’s a photo of the Delaware and Raritan Canal at the Kingston Lock. In May of 1989 the section of the canal was drained so gates could be repaired.

several photographs from the period were gathered as an archive “Item”

And this item is combined with several other items to create a “collection” related to the Kingston Canal Area: https://archive.khsnj.org/collections/show/16

So far we have created a number of collections which you are welcome to browse. https://archive.khsnj.org/collections/browse

There is plenty more archiving work that needs to be done. Some is methodical and some will require creativity. The Kingston Historical Society welcomes volunteers from central New Jersey to join us in the work of sorting, preserving and displaying our collection. If you are interested in being a part of the team, please fill out the form at the bottom of THIS LINKED PAGE. It’s a great way to learn history by helping preserve it.

Kingston Picnic 2023 seeks Volunteers

Since the beginning of the 21st century, the Village of Kingston has celebrated with a community gathering at the end of the summer.

It is a chance for folks in our community organizations to show off, and for neighbor to meet neighbor. We usually have some music, and maybe some games.

The Kingston Historical Society and the Kingston Village Advisory Committee are looking for other organizations and individuals who are willing to help make the Kingston picnic an annual event open to the entire community.

So far we are looking for volunteers… by mid-summer we hope to have a general invite for everyone in the greater Kingston community.

Want to learn more and volunteer? Fill out our form HERE


Picnic 2022 revitalized an old Kingston Tradition (Laurel Ave school field)

Kingston History Mystery Added

To promote interest in the history of Kingston, NJ and to foster research skills, we present our first “Kingston History Mystery” at our dedicated webpage. All are welcome to propose answers. To propose an answer, fill out the form on that page. We will verify identities before posting results at the end of the month.

Our first mystery involves dating a photograph of Kingston. Good luck!


Get out your gumshoes and magnifying glass!

Talk: Why is Kingston Here? 2/8/22 (with video)

From pre-history to the present, Kingston has a “Place in History.” George Luck, Jr and Charlie Dieterich present a survey of moments from the settlement of Kingston, New Jersey.

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About the program

Kingston Firehouse, Tuesday, February 8 at 7:30 PM

From pre-history to the present, Kingston has a “Place in History.” George Luck, Jr and Charlie Dieterich present a survey of moments from the settlement of Kingston, New Jersey. The talk was especially designed for those who are new to town or unfamiliar with our evolution.
Over 40 people attended in person, and 70 online. Those at the firehouse were treated to cookies, hot chocolate and coffee, courtesy of Harbor Chase Assisted Living. www.harborchase.com/

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Drive By History (2015)

Conference on Horseback pictures

Wednesday, 14 Oct 2015, 10:17:14 AM George Luck

From George Luck, Jr.:

Here are the pictures that I referred to last night at the K.H.S. meeting. They were the promotional pictures taken for the “Drive By History” program. Pictured with me are the co-hosts of the show; Ken Magos and Cindy Perman. Ken Magos and Lee Brodie are the co-executive producers of the show. There company is known as South Mountain Theatreworks Television Productions.

You can check out the information on the series at www.drivebyhistory.tv. Their contact information is on the website.