Exhibits in Our Gallery
The Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery
View exhibits that showcase Kingston history and heritage, the highlights as well as the ordinary workings of daily life that give our city its soul and unique texture. Exhibits in the gallery change each year giving you reason to return again and again.
A highlight of this year’s exhibit is a recent major donation to the organization, a pair of portraits by John Vanderlyn (1775-1852) of General George Henry Sharpe as a boy with his mother and father. This significant gift is an exciting discovery by a local collector who devotedly arranged their return to Kingston after many generations. Adding to the significance of the portraits is the high reputation George Henry Sharpe achieved later in life as prominent figure in the Union Army and leading citizen of Kingston. His imposing mansion on Albany Avenue was demolished for a parking lot in 1967.
Another section of the exhibit honors the centennial commemoration of Kingston’s part in World War I. The United States joined in the war against the German Empire April 6, 1917, two and half years after the start of the war on July 28, 1914. The exhibit contains memorabilia from the William Anderson Carl Collection and the FHK Archives, including items from Anderson’s tour of duty in France, photographs, and most notably his medal, the Croix de Guerre received from the French Government for the performance of heroic deeds in combat.
A slide presentation prepared by Peter Roberts runs continuously in the gallery featuring images that depict Kingston’s role in 1917-1918 from the Carl Collection, the Samuel Bernstein Collection, and the FHK Archives. A special loan from the American Legion, Post 150, of the iconic artwork Columbia by Edwin Howland Blashfield (1919) completes the tribute.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.
View exhibits from past years: Past Exhibits
In the Bookstore
Visit the bookstore in the FHK Gallery for books, maps, and items of local interest.