A List of Recent Posts to Our KHSNJ.Org Website

  • Community Project Digs History
    Last fall Markus McParland came to the Kingston Historical Society with a proposal. As a school project he wanted to do research on Kingston’s history. Since that time he’s found hundreds of new items and stories related to Kingston’s past. He recently put out a call to the community, placing these posters around town: He recently visited a trustee’s meeting and shared some of his work. We at the historical society wish him luck as he completes the project! And his dad, Glenn McParland, has joined the Kingston Historical Society as a trustee!
  • Kingston Presbyterian 300th Year
    2023 is an anniversary year. Along the trading routes of the Lenape people, the village of Kingston began to be home to some Dutch, English, and Scotch-Irish settles around 1675. It wouldn’t be until 1723 that there would be a formal declaration of a village church. Settlers gathered in faith inside homes, and then in a log cabin along the Millstone river. The faithful grew into a gathered community and took a charter to affirm publicly what it had grown into—the worshipping body of the Kingston community. By the time of the church’s official charter, January 21, 1723, the church … Continue reading “Kingston Presbyterian 300th Year”
  • Locktender’s House Closed for Winter 2022-2023
    Public access to the Kingston Locktender’s House is available from April to November each year. In the winter months of December, January and February we are open only for special events and for members and archivists to work on research and improvements. If you’d like to help with archiving or helping with display areas, please contact us, we are glad to have the help! For interest in the Archiving team use our interest form LINK HERE Come to the Holiday Tree Lighting LINK HERE (or other winter events to-be-announced) Contact us via mail or email LINK HERE Until Spring, enjoy … Continue reading “Locktender’s House Closed for Winter 2022-2023”
  • KHS Annual Meeting December 6 2022
    The 2022 Kingston Historical Society Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 6 at 7 O’Clock PM. The meeting will be “hybrid” – in person at the Kingston Firehouse and also virtually by Zoom. After a very brief business meeting including reports and election of Trustees, there will be an illustrated program: The D. & R. Canal State Park: Sustaining a Key New Jersey Asset.   The program includes two Powerpoint presentations, one prepared by Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition (MVPC) members and one by the Canal Park Historian of NJ DEP Division of Parks, Forestry and Historic Sites. The … Continue reading “KHS Annual Meeting December 6 2022”
  • Interest Groups Being Formed
    Kingston Webmasters Roundtable formingThe web team for and web developers for other Kingston area, volunteer run websites are forming a roundtable group to share ideas and progress. Kingston Archivist Team formingThe archiving group has a backlog requiring entry, and would welcome careful volunteers to help preserve and catalog items. For details, current status, and how to join either of these teams, visit our groups page at THIS LINK
  • Kingston Picnic Photos and Video
    Thank you to all who attended the Kingston Picnic on August 27,2022. As evening fell the Kingston Park, behind the Laurel Avenue school, was filled with conversation, community and music. We ended the event with a showing of KINGSTON:Crossroads to History (see end of post)
  • Watch Picnic Video Online!
    At the Kingston Village Picnic in August 27, 2022 we showed: KINGSTON: Crossroads to History (2001) Here is a link to the full video (this takes about 20 seconds to load… please have patience. You may have to tap the video once it loads.) You can also view the video directly on by clicking HERE (and consider supporting with a donation! They provide free hosting for our videos.) also, you can read all about the picnic at this blog post
  • Kingston Picnic Aug 27 – Details
    Allthough the event has passed, you can review the event invitation and view video shown at the picnic. Hope to see you next year!
  • Main Street Reflections Video Available
    A video of the June 22nd 2022 presentation is now available HERE. The video is approximately 90 minutes long and includes images of Kingston, NJ’s Main Street (a.k.a. The Kings Highway, The Lincoln Highway, NJ Route 27) and stories of those who lived along it.
  • Kingston’s Inns and Taverns to be rescheduled
    The May 21st walk around Kingston was cut short due to dangerous heat. It will be rescheduled for cooler weather.
  • Kingston: Main Street Reflections — June 22nd 2022
    A video of this presentation is now available below. About the evening The Kingston Historical Society hosted an evening panel discussion featuring stories of Main Street through the eyes of longtime residents. Led by Anne Zeman, the panel included Sharon O’Donnell Hansan’s family owned and operated the Union Line Hotel. George Luck, Jr., former Chief and 50-year member of Kingston Fire Department Theresa Russo is a third generation Kingstonian. Bob Brian, Kingston’s most popular native son and lifelong resident. also scheduled was Kathy McCarthy, whose father, Lou Sincak, was one of Kingston’s barbers for over 50 years. Anne shared some … Continue reading “Kingston: Main Street Reflections — June 22nd 2022”
  • Kingston Inns and Taverns 2022
    George Luck, Jr. led a well attended but abbreviated tour of taverns and tavern locations in Kingston, NJ on May 21st.
  • Kingston: On The Map display opens
    On April 9, 2022 a new display opened in the display space of the Locktender’s House. Visit HERE for more details, and THIS EVENT to view the press release
  • Kingston: On The Map
    The display of maps showing Kingston’s evolution from pre-history to the 20th century is now available HERE Below is the press release announcing the opiening of the display. Press Release Kingston: On The Map, opens April 9th 2022 in the History Room at the D &R Canal Locktender’s House, on old Lincoln Highway (off Route 27) in Kingston. On view Saturdays and Sundays April to November from 10 AM to 4 PM. Air circulation is limited, so masks and distancing are requested. The village of Kingston has hosted colonial taverns, armies during the American Revolution, canal boats, railroad trains and … Continue reading “Kingston: On The Map”
  • 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.
  • Tree Lighting 2021
    Thanks to the Kingston Womens Chorus and all who attended the December 5, 2021 Holiday Tree Lighting by the Kingston Lock. Once again, the event was outdoors only, but the gathering was warm and joyful. Here are some photos from that night: Thanks to Kirstin Ohrt for the photos.
  • Holiday Tree Lighting, 12/5/2021
    Join in the celebration! The annual Holiday Tree Lighting will happen, December 5, 2021 at the Kingston Lock, 4:30 PM with outdoor music and familiar faces! There will be music and carols outside, thanks to the Kingston Womens Chorus.
  • Locktender’s House Open Weekends
    The Kingston Locktender’s House is open to the public every weekend through the end of November. The Locktender’s House will again be open on Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays from 10 am to 4 pm through November. The Locktender’s House is not open during the winter. Until further notice, all visitors should respect NJ State Park policy, which requires ALL visitors to wear masks indoors. To find the Locktender’s House on your mapping software, try this address: 39 Old Lincoln Highway, Princeton, NJ 08540
  • “Socially distanced” Tree Lighting (2020)
    The KHS annual Holiday Open House and tree-lighting had long been a well loved Kingston Community tradition. Unfortunately, due to the Covid -19 pandemic we were unable to have our traditional Holiday Open House, but we were able to have a “socially distanced” community holiday tree lighting; furthermore, thanks to the generosity of Karin Linder, who provided new lights for the tree and the McParland family, who provided the essential lift to install them on the 65 foot tall tree (which had outgrown its old lights several years ago) the tree was properly and beautifully lighted. To celebrate and give … Continue reading ““Socially distanced” Tree Lighting (2020)”
  • KHS Holiday Tree lighting ~ December 6, 2020
    The KHS annual Holiday Open House and tree-lighting has long been a Kingston Community tradition. Unfortunately, due to the Covid -19 pandemic we were unable to have our traditional a Holiday Open House, but we were able to have a “socially distanced” holiday tree lighting; furthermore, thanks to the generosity of Karin Linder, who provided new lights and the McParland family, who provided the necessary lift to install them on the tree (which had outgrown its old lights several years ago.) New lights for the tree and, even more, installing them, had been a challenge for several years – the … Continue reading “KHS Holiday Tree lighting ~ December 6, 2020”
  • KHS Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting ~ December 1st, 2019
    KHS members, fellow Kingston resident, and many others attended our annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting December 1st, 2019 at the Locktender’s House on the D&R Canal. They enjoyed holiday refreshments, decorations by the Kingston Garden Club, the annual tree lighting, and music by the Kingston Womens Chorus.
  • D&R Canal Videos with commentary
    Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 Two videos about canals were featured at the Kingston Historical Society meeting at the Kingston Firehouse on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 After some background on the D&R Canal and its past and present importance to Kingston, KHS president Robert von Zumbusch led us through two videos: one, “D&R,” produced and directed by Cliff Crawford in 1976 — before the Canal Park was established; the video included historical footage and interviews with ‘canalers.’ Here is a link for the video on YouTube. The other, “The Canals of New Jersey,” produced by the Canal Society of New Jersey, … Continue reading “D&R Canal Videos with commentary”
  • 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 Their contact information is on the website.

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