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.
Then on March 6th and 8th, we will talk about the ways in which Japanese immigrants changed Kent. We will talk about that first generation who came from Japan and about the second generation, born in America, with American citizenship, but never really accepted as American. We will talk about what these people were able to accomplish in the valley and some of the obstacles that they had to over come.