The Christmas Open House

On December 15th the Open House provided a Christmas display of The Bereighter House. We thank Eileen Lamphere, Judy Woods, Nancy Simpson, Carla Loux, Sharon Bersass, Chuck Simpson and Tom Baines for the planning of this event. The 25th anniversary exhibit and holiday decorations were displayed. Kent community members took photos with Santa, gathered around a holiday pianist, enjoyed holiday treats and came together for the history of Kent. What a festive occasion!

Santa helped children make their Christmas wishes!


Our Christmas Pianist, Betty White, played beautifully as guests gather around our grand piano.

25th Anniversary Review

The Greater Kent Historical Society and Museum is proud to present the 25th Anniversary. It honored the early leaders of this organization. It will be held at the Kent Senior Activity Center on 600 East Smith St., Saturday December 1st, 2018 from 1:00p.m-4:00p.m. This event has been lead by; Chuck Simpson,  Nancy Simpson, Eileen Lamphere, Carla Lux and Tom Baines. Special guests were invited such as the Kent Government and the Mayor of Kent, Dana Ralph. Walking in, the guests were given a Holiday Stocking to thank them for their attendance. Refreshment were served such as; coffee, cake and punch. A sit down area allowed the guests to enjoy the presentations.  Materials presented included;  photos, videos, movies and slideshows.  There were 4 DVD Audio Visuals; The Reenactment of Saar Cemetery, Ray Wrightons first ever walking tour, Parades of the 1940’s, Looping photos of the 100th anniversary of the Bereiter House, and the Dedication of the Blue Star Marker.


Carla Loux (middle), Karen Meador (right.

2 rooms showcased the history of The Greater Kent Historical Society dating back 25 years. The exhibit room provided  information on the functions that were held.  Some examples of the exhibits were; The Saar Cemetery, Carnation, 100 years of churches, 100 years of Schools,  Diversity of Kent, Experience Historical Kent and The Bereiter house and his family. The display room had boards such subjects as;  The Walking Tours of Old Downtown Kent The Riverboat Landings, and Fort Thomas, the exhibit on Landing of the military stockade on the Greenriver.


Toni Troutner (left), Nancy Simpson (middle), Dana Ralph (right).


Kent’s founding history was presented.  Some examples are as follows. In 1889 Washington became a state. The City of Kent is the 2nd city that incorporated. In 1990, 7 friends got together to form the first Old Timers Reunion. These members were: Al & Audrey Sells, Dorice Wolfrum, Rae Wrighton, Jim Bigger, Jack Beckbar, Connie Epperly Their first meeting was on the first floor of City Hall, which is now Wild Wheat, a cafe that serves breads and pastries. By the end of 1992, this group accumulated 38 members. As of 2000, this group had over 400 members. In June 30th, 1992, Experience Historical Kent had its first official meeting. As of March 1993, The Old Timers group officially incorporated and continues today in their 29th reunion!

An article was written about the 25th anniversary by Cheri Sayer, the publicity director of the South King County Genealogy Society. You can view her article here.

Christmas Open House

You are invited to The Greater Kent Historical Society’s Christmas Open House. The event will be held this Saturday, December 15th from 12:30-3:30pm. The event will be held at The Greater Kent Historical Museum at 855 E Smith St, Kent, WA, 98030. Feel free to join in the festivities! Santa Clause, a Christmas Piano player and Christmas decorations will add to this holiday season. If you have any questions give us a call at 253-854-4330. No registration needed!

Did you celebrate Thanksgiving this year?

Did you celebrate Thanksgiving this year?
This is the Crow Family. There are 28 members of the family photographed here! Can you imagine what their feasts would be like?
Here are the names of the family members.
1) George Bruso;
2) Marie (Crow) Bruso;
3) John Sandstrom;
4) Carrie (Short) Crow;
5) Bob Crow;
6) Joe W. Crow;
7) Elizebeth Crow;
8) Tom Elmer Crow;
9) ?;
10) James Crow;
11) George Crow;
12) Bernie Crow;
13) Helen Sandstrom;
14) Emma (Crow) Sandstrom;
15) Capt. James J. Crow;
16) Emma (Russell) Crow;
17) Jeanette (Ramey) Crow;
18) ?;
19) Edward Crow;
20) Charles Crow;
21) Maude Sandstrom;
22) Roland Crow;
23) Norma Sandstrom;
24) Francis Crow;
25) ? Bruso;
26) Eva (Crow) Finnegan;
27) George Crow; and
28) Malcom Crow.

2018 Hoptoberfest Gala

The Greater Kent Historical Society held our Annual Fundraiser Gala, with the theme “Hoptoberfest” on October 6th, 2018 at Kent Senior Center. Hoptoberfest was a celebration of Kent’s Hop History.
Various raffle baskets full of goodies at the Gala were made by our hard working board members and volunteers, most notable Sharon Peden, Kaki Kesterson and Kathleen Ryland. The event was ably assisted by student volunteers from Kent Meridian HS Key Club under the direction of John and Vivian Bruns, leaders of the Friday Kiwanis Club.
Fund-an-Item was bidding that went towards items needed for the Kent Society and Museum, such as a new sign for the museum. This coupled with grants assures a much more visible sign along Smith Street. The Wine Raffle Winners won 20 bottles of wine each! The centerpieces were Thanksgiving themed!
MC for the event was City Councilmember Dennis Higgins. The guest speaker was Michael Rizzo, an author of many books including, Washington Beer: A Heady History. His program was “A celebration of Kent’s Hop History “. He presented interesting research about the changes of beer manufacturing in Washington, with photos from each era.
We thank everyone for being a part of this event, The Greater Kent Historical Society could not have done it without all of your support!

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.