From the Director

As the new Executive Director of the Kent Historical Museum, I’d like to tell you a bit about myself…
My training is in history and museum studies. As a Pacific Northwest native, I grew up on Bainbridge Island where I quickly developed a passion for local history. I was always a successful student and when I wasn’t hitting the books, I was out in the barn spending time with my horses. I led a successful horse show career and enjoyed competing in rodeo queen pageants throughout high school and my early college years.
I started my collegiate career at Central Washington University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, and later decided to become a history teacher obtaining an additional B.A. in History/Social Studies Teaching along with a teaching certification. Once I started teaching in public education, I realized how important object-based learning was and how much students benefited from being able to connect with their past through artifacts. I knew then that I wanted to marry my teaching skills with museum work.
In 2013, I was accepted into the University of Washington’s Museology graduate program. I concentrated my studies on museum education and ultimately published a thesis titled, Daring to be Dramatic: An Examination of the Live Interpretation of Instances of Slavery at Living History Museums.
I look forward to bringing my diverse background to the Kent Historical Museum and I’m eager to offer some new ideas to this wonderful organization. I encourage you to stop by and meet me if you have a chance!
-Tessa Yeaman