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. http://skcgs.org/blog.html