It’s Football Season!

Next week not only does school start up, but so do the High School Football games! Shown is a photo of… [more]

It’s Football Season! It's Football Season!

Happy Birthday National Park Service!

Today is the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service! In celebration, we found a photo of some friends… [more]

Happy Birthday National Park Service! Happy Birthday National Park Service!

Boating

Did you know...boating was a popular pastime back in the day just like now! They were also used to transport… [more]

Boating Boating

Kent Chronicles will be returning for the fall at the Bereiter Museum!

Kent Chronicles will be returning for the fall at the Bereiter Museum! Kent Chronicles is a series of… [more]

Kent Chronicles will be returning for the fall at the Bereiter Museum! Kent Chronicles will be returning for the fall at the Bereiter Museum!

2016 Gala

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It’s Football Season!

Next week not only does school start up, but so do the High School Football games! Shown is a photo of Kent High School’s 1904 football team.
(The names listed are left to right, Standing: Roy Root, Gerald Gannon, Armstrong. Sitting: Cliff Stuart, Red, Guibor, Pulver, John Stewart, Will Berlin, Heiny, Earl Titus. Front row: Tom Barnes, Hans Niessen, Milliard Calhoun.)
Good luck to all of our student athletes this fall!Kent HS Football 1904

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Happy Birthday National Park Service!

Today is the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service! In celebration, we found a photo of some friends from Kent on a horse ride to Indian Henry’s on Mt. Rainier! (date unknown) 2003 024 406

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Boating

Did you know…boating was a popular pastime back in the day just like now! They were also used to transport goods and people through the Kent valley on the Green/White River before the railroads were put in. Shown are three boats, one a pleasure craft and two are probably work/transport boats “The Athlon” & “The Yukon”. (No dates were noted)13975270_1360148284012584_8415339711086485721_o 14047341_1360148320679247_2107386073528727875_o 14053640_1360148530679226_8750017287054515502_o

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Kent Chronicles will be returning for the fall at the Bereiter Museum!

Kent Chronicles will be returning for the fall at the Bereiter Museum! Kent Chronicles is a series of presentations given at the museum regarding some aspect of our local history. In this fall’s case, it will be centered on the Vietnam War era.
Stay tuned for more details!

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(image from http://militaryhistorynow.com)

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2016 Gala

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The Libby Cannery

Did you know… Kent was a national center for vegetables and housed several major canneries? These businesses provided seasonal employment for many residents of Kent. The Libby Cannery shown here in about 1920, was on the corner of 4th & Smith.Libbys Cannery 1920

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

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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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