Installing a 129 year old church bell


Kent Historical Museum installs 129-year old church bell

Story by Michelle Gehlman-Teeter
Photos by Tom Worrell

The Greater Kent Historical Society and Museum recently procured a big old church bell, and they needed a place to display it properly.

The First Presbyterian Church of Kent donated their 129-year old bell to the museum, when they closed their doors in 2017. The church had been a part of the Kent faith community since 1889, the building on Smith Hill being built in 1962. Unfortunately, their membership had dwindled and the building had aged to the point that it was too expensive to maintain so they made the difficult decision to close their doors. The historic church bell, some memorabilia, all of their folding chairs, and a portrait of one of their pastors were donated to the Kent History Museum.

It took five men to move the bell into the museum’s storage until a proper installation could be built. After several estimates that were out of reach of the small non-profit, Kent’s own C & G Construction Services, Inc. offered to donate their time and materials to build the outdoor installation.


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Admin Assistant Wanted

We are looking for a part-time Administrative Assistant.  Must be a self-starter, good at multi-tasking and responsible.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

-Assist Executive Director in managing the overall operation of Employer’s facilities and equipment.

-Answer the museum phone, answer email, open mail.

-Assist Treasurer and Accountant with day to day financial transactions and recording them.

-Record membership payments and donations and send receipts.

-Help Museum Director manage volunteer activities as directed.

-Maintain files of various GKHS minutes, including Board, Executive Board and special committees of      GKHS.

-Maintain a calendar of all museum uses and update as necessary.

-Develop a list of office supplies and equipment needed and purchase as necessary.

-Maintain communications for GKHS, including sending meeting notices, reminders, updating web site postings and other electronic notifications.  Maintain museum Facebook and website pages.

-Maintain a log of visitors and volunteers working in the museum. Post such information monthly as       required by GKHS policy.

-Compile monthly statistics of contacts and inquires of museum .

-Help produce materials to support GKHS activities.

-Be first contact for visitors unless docents on duty, and create a friendly and engaging social      environment for visitors.

-Be responsible for electronic backup of museum files and off ground storage of such.

-Help in production of quarterly reports to City Parks Dept. and quarterly GKHS newsletters.

-Coordinate cleanup of museum for public visitors.

-Help input information and images into Past Perfect, our museum archival software.

-Assist Historical Society board members as needed.

-Appropriately close and secure facilities upon leaving.


Located in Kent.

Must be available Wednesday- Saturday, 12pm-4pm with occasional additional hours as needed, including a once-a-month evening board meeting.

Compensation is DOE.

Please send resume to:  “Admin Assistant Position” in the subject line.

Closing date is Aug. 31

River Crossing Fundraiser

We’re raising money for Greater Kent Historical Society to finish our installation of interpretive materials relating to the River Crossings that played a big part in early Kent’s agricultural life!

The signs will be posted along the flowerbeds on the grounds, just next to museum.  You will be able to walk along through part of the gardens to read them!

You can donate here until May 1st:

Thank you!