The Kent Historical Museum will have some abbreviated hours for this holiday season.
We are on our regular schedule from 12/17-12/21.
Over Christmas week we will be open on 12/26-12/28.
Over New Year’s week, we will be open 1/2-1/4.
We hope to see you over this holiday season!
Come down the the museum to celebrate the holiday season on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5pm! There will be refreshments as you tour the remodeled kitchen, the newest exhibit to open at the museum, and dedication of our new donor board.
If you haven’t been to the museum recently, now this will be an excellent time to come see what has changed and what we have been up to! See you on Sunday, December 8th from 2pm to 5pm!
This month we are going to be doing something that I think will be very engaging in a different way than usual. We are going to be talking about the holiday season in two parts.
The first part involves the greater city of Kent. How has Kent celebrated the holidays in the past? How has it changed? Have we retained some parts of it? Did you know that the tennis courts down at Memorial Park used to be turned into a skating rink in the winter? We will be looking at all these different things that happened in town in December!
The second part will be more personal as we share some of our family traditions and tie them into the community as a whole.
We will meet on December 5th and 7th from 11:00am to 12:30pm at the Bereiter Museum. I hope to see you then!
You heard them on stage at the Kent International Festival. Now is the opportunity to hear Larisa Beriault and Carol Bertozzi in a small group setting as they spend an evening sharing Russian life and culture through picture and song! The music will range from traditional Russian songs, to the patriotic music from World War Two, to ditties made popular in a 1960s Soviet cartoon. There will be explanations of each song’s meaning and insights into what it was like to live in Russia at the time. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear the uniquely Russian instrument, the domra, and learn about Russian culture.
Reservations are $5 for students, $10 for GKHS members, and $12 for non-members. To place your reservation, please call the museum, (253)854-4330, or email email@example.com.
When: November 16, 2013 at 7:00pm
Where: Greater Kent Historical Museum
855 East Smith Street
Kent, WA 98030
There is parking in the rear of the museum off from Temperance Street.
The Chronicles will meet on November 7th and 9th.
In honor of Halloween, we will be talking about a most favorite costume type, the pirate! We will focus on Caribbean piracy in the 1600s and 1700s because it is the one that most people chose to imitate every October.
Do you know the difference between sea beggars, buccaneers, filibusters, corsairs, privateers, and pyrates? Why was the Caribbean such a hotbed for piracy? Why did so many men turn to piracy? Why do historians talk about the Golden Age of Piracy as the 1710-1720? Why do we find pirates to be so romantic even though we know how truly terrifying they could be?
Come down to talk about all these questions! The discussion will start at 11:00am after we fortify ourselves with some jerky in honor of the buccaneers. Sorry friends, no rum as this is a family event, but we will have coffee, juice, and cookies too.
I look forward to sharing all the interesting stories that come with this topic of study!
Wow! It is time for Kent Chronicles again!
This month we are going to be discussing the late 1930s, but spending most of our time looking at international history. We talked all last month about how the United States dealt with the Great Depression, but other nations were also dealing with great financial hardship. How did those nations muddle through the lean years? We also are going to start to see the early warning signs that WWII was imminent by looking at some of the key belligerents, like Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, China and of all places, Spain!
So come down and join the discussion on October 3rd and 5th from 11:00am to 12:30pm. There will coffee, juice and cookies before and good discussion throughout!
The next Kent Chronicles is coming right up! This month is very exciting because we are going to be talking about the ways the federal government tried to ease the pain of the Great Depression. One of the biggest efforts was to put Americans back to work by creating federal jobs
programs, like the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps. These programs had a profound impact on individual lives and on the families that benefited from having a bread winner in the house again after the massive layoffs that occurred when the economy collapsed. The programs also had a huge impact on many little towns across America and Kent was no different.
Many schools were built in the late 1930s, including at least 3 that ended up in the Kent School District. Many of the roads in town were worked or repaved. There were beautification projects done under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration, like the big mural that used to hang in the post office downtown, but know resides in the post office on East Hill.
Some of the programs drew Kent men away from town to go work for Uncle Sam. The Civilian Conservation Corps took men to preserve the public land, like Salt Water State Park or Mount Rainer. The men were paid to build many of the parks that we still enjoy today!
I am very excited for this topic because these programs had a lasting impact on our community and I hope that many people will be able to share the stories of their parents or grand parents. The Chronicles will meet September 5th and 7th from 11:00am to 12:30 at the museum. Please come join us!
The Mill Creek Walking Tour is coming right up on August 17th! Lots of people in the community are working hard to get their homes looking good. If you haven’t got your ticket to take a stroll through the neighborhood and tour the four open houses, you still have time! Tickets are 15 dollars. You can stop down to register at the museum or do it all online using the registration page. Come down and see some of these historic homes and then come back to the museum for an ice cream social!
It will be a good time so don’t miss it.
Kent Cornucopia Days are here again! The festivities kick off in earnest on July 11th. This year the Historical Society is partnering with the Mill Creek Neighborhood to host a booth down town! Our booth is on 1st Ave between Titus St. and Gowe St. You should come see us and enjoy all the excitement of the festival.
In preparation for the event, we went looking for all the pictures we have in our archives and have created a short video montage to get you in the mood for a parade.
See you at the Kent Cornucopia Days!
On Tuesday July 9th, Eric Reitan will present the second half of his research on Knob Hill/Scenic Hill. The program will include pictures from the neighborhood along with stories of the characters who built and lived in the homes. For instance, did you know that four early mayors of Kent lived on Knob Hill? Indeed, Knob Hill was home for many of the influential business people down in the valley in the early 1900s. When you hear the presentation, I am sure you will recognize many of the names!
The program will start at 7:00pm at the Bereiter Museum and will run approximately one and a half hours. Tickets will be $10 for GKHS members, $12 for non-members, and $5 for students.
Please call the museum (253-854-4330) to make reservations for the presentation!