Kent Chronicles, in essence, is a discussion based learning circle that meets on the first Thursday and the Saturday after the first Thursday of every month. We talk through a variety of topics that have effected the world, the nation, and the town of Kent. Often the focus is on a few years, for example 1960-1965, and the big events or ideas that had an impact. Occasionally, the topic will be more focused like the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, which had national significance but was also was hugely influential on our region and town. (Did you know that the City of Kent petitioned to host the World’s Fair in Kent? We have a copy of the document at the museum!)
The group is composed of anyone who is willing to come engage in the discussion. We encourage students over the 4th grade to come learn alongside older generations that lived through the events. The larger the pool of participants, the more perspectives, and the more interesting the conversation!
The Chronicles discussion is supplemented with a number of different items. Each month we create a PowerPoint that includes pictures and video clips that help to elicit responses and shape the dialogue. Additionally, we provide a Chronicles packet that includes more information, such as quotes, newspaper clippings, pictures, and political cartoons. The goal is to help participants develop a fuller understanding of events through seeing, reading, hearing, and discussing.
Kent Chronicles convenes on the first Thursday AND the Saturday after the first Thursday of every month around the dining room table of the Bereiter House at 855 East Smith Street from 11 am until 12:30.
The Chronicles will meet on December 5th and 7th.
The month we are going to talk about the holiday seasons in Kent’s past. We will start the discussion with the earliest festivals in the valley and then move up to more recent times. We will be looking for the ways that Kent’s winter seasons have changed and for ways in which we maintain the traditions started by our predecessors. Can some be traced back to Kent’s founding in 1890? Come find out!