GKHS Scholarship Awards

The Greater Kent Historical Society is pleased to announce this years recipients of the GKHS Scholarship, GKHS Scholarship honoring Harold Vickrey, and the Harold Vickrey Memorial Scholarship.

Gabriella (Ella) Johnson, the Greater Kent Historical Society Scholarship.

Justin Englund, the Greater Kent Historical Society Scholarship honoring Harold Vickrey .

Connor White, the Harold Vickrey Memorial Scholarship.

Natalie Neumeier, Honorable Mention for both the Greater Kent Historical Society and the Harold Vickrey Scholarship.

The Greater Kent Historical Society wishes all these graduates of the Kent School District much success in their chosen careers.

The start of their university years will be unanticipated challenge that all of them are prepared to face.

The museum is Closed!!

Due to the current outbreak of the Coronavirus, the museum will be closed to walk-in visitors until further notice. Phone messages may be left, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. There is a long road of uncertainty ahead for all of us. We greatly appreciate your support and patronage all these years. As a community, we will get through this trying time. The museum is taking this time to update or re-create our website. We will come back brighter and stronger, our community as well, in all aspects of our lives. Be strong, be safe and be kind to one another.

The Dream Theater

This is the Dream Theater from 1912 in Kent, WA.

Silent movies were a great source of entertainment for the community. Before this, The Magic Lantern was a light source device that would project images on the wall. Many were hand painted and photographs. With the use of live music, and constantly moving pictures, theaters became very popular. The Dream Theater used a pianola to add music to the movie. Also called a piano player, it had pre-programmed music recorded on metallic rolls. But, the trick is that there has to be a pianola player to push the pedals of the instrument. That became the main source of employment for musicians back in this time. But, the pianola player had to be careful. On the opening night of a thriller show, the scenes would be so terrifying that the pianola player would stop playing out of shock! Therefore, you would never want to go to the opening night of a thriller, because you knew the music would be unpredictable.

Seattle World’s Fair

A real bird’s eye view! That’s the Seattle Space Needle that we know and love.
It was described as: “Jewels gleamed from the intellect and imagination from some of the finest minds of America”. In the1962 world fair, It drew over 2.3 million visitors, when nearly 20,000 people a day used its elevators. Now you can eat at the SkyCity restaurant, and really feel like you are on top of the world!