Kent’s First School

Did you know... the first school in area was the Titusville School. This photo was taken in 1882 &… [more]

Kent’s First School Kent's First School

Kent’s Fish Pond

Did you know... Kent used to have a fish pond in the middle of town? It was in the city park that was… [more]

Kent’s Fish Pond Kent's Fish Pond

Mark your calendars! Experience Historical Kent is coming up in August!

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Mark your calendars! Experience Historical Kent is coming up in August! Mark your calendars! Experience Historical Kent is coming up in August!

Last Kent Story of Kent 125

May 28, 2016 marks the end of Kent 125 and the beginning of Kent 126.  The GKHS will no longer bring… [more]

Last Kent Story of Kent 125 Last Kent Story of Kent 125

GKHS Wrap-up 3/19/2016

Lots going on at the GKHS, and it has been too long! The Ultimate Valentine Tea, on 2/13, was… [more]

GKHS Wrap-up 3/19/2016 GKHS Wrap-up 3/19/2016

Kent’s First School

Titusville School 1882 (2)Did you know… the first school in area was the Titusville School. This photo was taken in 1882 & Mr. Allen was one of the teachers.. It was located on S. Central & S. 259th on the NE corner. Note the woods in the background- It was still a wild place back then!
The second photo is of the Kent Valley School in 1909. It was for grades 1-12 and the photo was labeled the Kent Valley’s “only” School at the time!Kent Valley School 1909

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Kent’s Fish Pond

Did you know… Kent used to have a fish pond in the middle of town? It was in the city park that was between Gowe & Smith streets. The park had flowers, Chestnut trees and a bandstand. Around 1932 the fish pond was erected to give employment to those out of work due to the depression.

Fish Pond

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Last Kent Story of Kent 125

May 28, 2016 marks the end of Kent 125 and the beginning of Kent 126.  The GKHS will no longer bring a Kent Story every council meeting, though there are still myriad stories to tell and more being made very single day!

For our last hurrah, C. Allan Reitan has dug hard to present a short talk on a long tunnel, the Chunnel, in fact.  Did you know that the boring machines that defeated the English Channel were designed right here in Kent?  By the Robbins company?  This small group of highly innovative minds did what the Spanish Armada, Napoleon, and Hitler failed to do: they connected England to mainland Europe.

Tune in to see Allan present at 7pm on May 17th and check out Kent and the ChunnelT1 Ready to Bore.

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GKHS Wrap-up 3/19/2016

Lots going on at the GKHS, and it has been too long!


The Ultimate Valentine Tea, on 2/13, was a huge success for the GKHS and the Neely Mansion Association!
Forty five people were treated to tea, chocolate and wine in the beautiful Bereiter Museum.

167By all accounts, the guests had a good time and our organizations realized a profit.
Be watching for a video from the event happening in the next week!


The Greater Kent Historical Society is proud to offer two scholarship opportunities for Kent High School seniors looking to continue their education at a two or four year school!
The Osness Scholarship is awarded to a worthy candidate for the amount of $950.  Use the Osness Scholarship Application 2016 link download and complete this application.  The due date is May 18, 2016.
The GKHS Scholarship is awarded to a worthy candidate in the amount of $3,500 for a student pursuing a degree in a history related field.  Use the 2016 Greater Kent Historical Society Scholarship Application link to download and fill out this application.  The due date is April 1, 2016.
Best of luck!

The Kent Class of 1908

The Kent Class of 1908


Our next big event is coming in May, with the Bookmarks and Landmarks program.
We have partnered with our friends at the Neely Mansion Association and the Mary Olson Farm to host book discussion groups at each of our historic homes.

The Boys in the Boat

We will read this book! Because it is awesome!

Here at the Bereiter Museum, the GKHS is hosting a discussion on The Boy’s in the Boat by Daniel James Brown on May 21st.  Included in the discussion will be a panel discussion including;
Al Rossi, UW crew member and 1952 Olympic Bronze Medalist
and
Eric Cowen, UW crew historian
and
A third panelist to be named later (preferably someone who rows the same waters as the Boys).
While none of the boys were from Kent, the towns that they grew up in were very similar to Kent.  We hope you enjoy the story, well written and well told, and then come join in the discussion at the museum!


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It kind of feels like a calm before a storm, just a little bit.

We had a chance to participate in the Arts and Heritage day in Olympia this year.  It was an opportunity for us to join with other organizations to directly lobby our representatives in State government.  It was my first time meeting the state representatives and senators who speak for the people of Kent.

They were, to a person, very gracious with their time and seem genuinely interested in the ideas that we were presenting.
Overall, it was worth the trip down to speak to the needs of the arts and heritage community.

The building is a little imposing, but the people were great!

The building is a little imposing, but the people were great!


We have had a couple of excellent Kent Stories since the last update.
Most recently, Kent Police Chief Thomas used a Kent Story about policing in the Kent past as a way to introduce the KPD people of the year awards.  It was a great perspective as the Chief compared the work that the KDP does today to what the much smaller force Chief F. M. Imhoff commanded was involved with in the 1930s and 40s.  It is suprising how much has changed, and yet how much has stayed the same!

From left to right: Bob Lee, Glenn Chittenden, Chief Imhoff, and an unknown person.

From left to right: Bob Lee, Glenn Chittenden, Chief Imhoff, and an unknown person.

C. Allan Reitan presented a great piece on Howard Leese and Heart’s time in Kent.  Most don’t know that the Grammy Award winning band spent a lot of time in Kent in the 1980s and rehearsed in a home on Scenic Hill.  Allan reached out to Mr. Leese, who is still an active performer, and together they worked up a great story!

Early Heart on tour, courtesy of Howard Leese

Early Heart on tour, courtesy of Howard Leese

I presented a Kent Story for African American History month, highlighting the story of William and Pauline Scott.  The couple were early residents of Kent and the earliest African American citizen of Kent that we can verify.  Theirs is an interesting story of travel that invite more questions than answers!
Kent 1890 With Arrow for Scott Land - SmallFinally, council member and GKHS Board member Dennis Higgins offered a story on Van Doren’s Landing in Kent.  He offered the historical perspective of that space, and the part that ferry boat landings played in the early development of Kent.

Cornelius Van Doren

Cornelius Van Doren

We have a few more Kent Stories before the end of Kent’s 125th year.  Upcoming include a stories on the post office and the interurban.

 


 

Kent Chronicles for the next couple of months is going to be excellent as we are going to dive into World War I.  Most of the time, when we think of World Wars, it is the second one that comes to mind.
The first war, the Great War, in many ways, was even more catastrophic.  There is a world before the war and a world after the war, and they are not the same place.  In April, Chronicles will look at the roots of the war and give a quick once over of the events of the war.  We will include a number of great sources so if you want to know more, you can read, listen, or watch.
In May, we will get into the war on the home front and answer the questions about what Kent and Kent people are doing during the war.  It is fascinating researching this topic!  For instance, I have found some evidence that Kent men crossed the border to fight in a Canadian uniform before the United States entered the war!
Kent Man Wounded in WWIAt least, that is the plan!  If we get talking the schedule could spread out a bit.


Until next time.

Zach

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Kent Police Department are the Kent Story!

Police Chief Thomas will address the City Council tonight for the GKHS Kent Story.

We are very excited as he will be talking about Kent’s history of badminton!

From left to right: Bob Lee, Glenn Chittenden, Chief Imhoff, and an unknown person.

From left to right: Bob Lee, Glenn Chittenden, Chief Imhoff, and an unknown person.

Who are we kidding?  He is going to talk about the long history of the Kent Police Department and we are very excited to hear his perspective!

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State of the City Address: Museum Opens Late

The Bereiter Museum will be opening a little late today, 3/9/2016, as we will be down hearing Mayor Cooke’s State of the City address.
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We will be back open after 1pm for tours and regular business!

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Scholarship Opportunities from the GKHS

The GKHS has two scholarship opportunities for Kent students.

The Osness Scholarship is in memory of long time Kent residents Ralph L. and Elinor J. Osness and is open to a graduate of a Kent School District High School looking seeking a two or four year college degree.  This application is due by May 18, 2016.

The GKHS Scholarship was raised by members of the Historical Society and is awarded to a graduate from the Kent School District who intends to purse a history related degree from a two or four year institution.  This application is due on April 1, 2016.

Both are great opportunities that are available right now!  Visit the respective pages, download the applications and get them submitted!  If you have questions, please email or call the museum!

Someone from the Kent class of 1914 would have applied for these scholarships.

Someone from the Kent class of 1914 would have applied for these scholarships.

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Kent Story for 3/1/2016

It is time for a new Kent Story for the city council!

For the March 1 Story, Allan Reitan will tell of the connection that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act Heart has to Kent.

Heart during the Capital Records era, photo courtesy of Howard Leese.

Heart during the Capital Records era, photo courtesy of Howard Leese.

Check out the full story or browse our growing collection of Kent Stories!

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African American History Month is Kent Story 2/16/2016

The next Kent Story will air soon!
This time, we are focused on the earliest African American settlers in our archives, William and Pauline Scott.  They arrived in the valley in 1889 and became a part of the community.  The news papers referred to both as Kent pioneers when short obituaries appeared in 1908 and 1930 respectively.

The Scotts owned one of the lots that is now the city parking lot on Titus between 1st and 2nd Ave.

The Scotts owned one of the lots that is now the city parking lot on Titus between 1st and 2nd Ave.

Their story will air on Kent TV21 just after 7pm!  Tune in, or read on!

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