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The Museum collection is available for users to reference, with Museum assistance when appropriate. Some materials are available for circulation. Most materials are directly relevant and/or specific to the Kent area, but some general historical materials are available.
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- Newspaper Archive
- Photograph Archive
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- E-media Archive
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The Museum also houses several specialized collections, such as a local Japanese heritage collection, a collection of music players and musical instruments, and Kent high schools’ annuals dating back to 1911.
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We are starting the process of digitizing our yearbook collection! As we add to it, we will put them here for you to use!
We have 1950-1954 & 1956 Kent Meridian High School’s ready to go, just click the year here:
We have the rest of the 1950’s as well, but they are too large for the website. If you would like to see them, send us an email or stop by!
Here are photos of the 1960’s yearbooks.
You can see within 4 years how the art of the yearbook changes with history. Starting at 1964 technology began expanding. A supercomputer was invented, going speeds of up to 3 million instructions per second. Now computers run instructions per second at mega hurts! You can see the difference in 1968, as this was a year of finding freedom. In 1968, Martin Luther King gave his speech, “I have a dream”. Interesting how art and history blend together!
Here are some quotes from the yearbooks themselves! Which one if your favorite?
1963: We now have the 60’s available at the museum!
1964: “We boast that all we know but we really know nothing”.
1965: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”-John F. Kennedy.
1966: “I came, I saw, I conquered”. Lynn Danielson and Gail Monroe.
1967: “STUDIES, I’ve got an essay due Monday, got any asprin?”.
1968: “We are enthralled by the imagry of life, and so searching for identity”.
1969: “The spectrum breaks–bursting–fufillment in all goals”.
If you think this catches you eye, come by the museum, there are some quite interesting photos and art from the 60’s in these yearbooks! You can see the history change with each year!