Downtown Kent in the 1950’s

Here's a photo of some downtown Kent businesses from the 1950's on Railroad & Meeker: Jim's Barber… [more]

Downtown Kent in the 1950’s Downtown Kent in the 1950's

Introducing the Adult Education Series at Kent Historical Museum

Kent Historical Museum will be unveiling a 3 part adult education series this fall and winter. We will… [more]

Introducing the Adult Education Series at Kent Historical Museum Introducing the Adult Education Series at Kent Historical Museum

The Moonlite Inn Star Room

The Moonlite Inn Star Room, Coffee Shop, Dancing, Club, Tavern & Leonard Rexall Drugs. c. 1960's.… [more]

The Moonlite Inn Star Room The Moonlite Inn Star Room

Panther Lake Elementary School

We had someone ask about the date of the old Panther Lake Elementary school. So we thought we'd share… [more]

Panther Lake Elementary School Panther Lake Elementary School

The Lucky Grocery Store

The Lucky Grocery Store on 4th & Meeker (NE corner). c. 1971 Here's what it looks like now courtesy… [more]

The Lucky Grocery Store The Lucky Grocery Store

Downtown Kent in the 1950’s

Here’s a photo of some downtown Kent businesses from the 1950’s on Railroad & Meeker: Jim’s Barber Shop, Reynolds Plumbing & Heating, Kent Trading Post. The truck is from Lone Brothers Construction Company of Auburn. Note the parking meters!

Here is what it looks like now courtesy of Google Maps:

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Introducing the Adult Education Series at Kent Historical Museum

Kent Historical Museum will be unveiling a 3 part adult education series this fall and winter. We will be pairing a short lecture on an aspect of Kent’s history with a skills based workshop to follow, and we would like to hear what you want to learn! Would you like to try your hand at brewing your own beer or cider at home? Or perhaps learning how to perform your own genealogical research is more your style. Give us your suggestions by filling out the form below!

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The Moonlite Inn Star Room

The Moonlite Inn Star Room, Coffee Shop, Dancing, Club, Tavern & Leonard Rexall Drugs. c. 1960’s. It was located on Meeker between 1st & 2nd.

Here’s what it looks like now courtesy of Google Maps:

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Panther Lake Elementary School

We had someone ask about the date of the old Panther Lake Elementary school. So we thought we’d share with everyone a quick history of Panther Lake!
In 1906 the people of the district voted to build a new school (the old school site on Benson & 208th). An acre of land was donated by A. Parmenter. The school directors gave a contract to Robert Melville to build a new school 42×40 ft for $180.00. The school bell was purchased from Sears & Roebuck of Chicago in Sept 1906. The first teacher in the new school was Miss Isabel Gibson for $50/month. The second teacher was J.M Joseph who received $60/mo for the first year and $70/mo for the second. The Janitor was paid $2.50/mo. In 1910 the voters authorized the board to build an addition to the school not to exceed $1200. A tract of 2 acres was purchased south of the school and 1 acre to the west. In 1938-39 the WPA built the present building (5 rooms) with basement, gym and cafeteria in the basement. In 1954 the board purchased 7 acres on the west making the present ground 11 acres.
The new Panther Lake school on 10200 SE 216th St. opened in 2009.
This is a photo of the students on the front steps in 1908. (From the Idding collection, named were Verna, Violet, Earl, Ed, Mother & Eva)

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The Lucky Grocery Store

The Lucky Grocery Store on 4th & Meeker (NE corner). c. 1971

Here’s what it looks like now courtesy of Google Maps:

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Reminder of Museum Closure

FYI, Thursday & Friday (August 10th &11th) the museum will be closed for some porch repairs which will block the entrance.
Please visit us Wednesday or Saturday! Thanks for your understanding!

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Experience Historical Kent Open House

Thank you to everyone who made our Experience Historical Kent Open House such a success! The Puget Sound Historic Costumers Guild came to make it all more fun, and the Smith Brother’s Farms family was here to talk to us for the dedication of our new exhibit!

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Smith Brothers Exhibit Opening

Our Guest speakers will be here at 3pm!!

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Please Excuse Frances…

This note was found while volunteers were scanning school attendance record books. It is from c.1905, and says: “Wednesday- Miss McHugh, Will you please excuse Frances at recess so she can get dinner for me as I am going away. -Miss Lizzie Crow”
Ah, back when getting dinner out on time was more important than a girl being in school all day. Of course fixing dinner did take a lot longer back then compared to now.

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Kent Chronicles- Progressive Era

Next month we will be looking at Kent during the Progressive Era (1880’s-1920). Let our Executive Director, Tessa Yeaman, take you on a journey to Kent’s past September 23rd at noon.

Kent Chronicles- Are you interested in a lively discussion about history? We’ll look at artifacts, watch movie clips and much more!
Intended for adults of all ages and home schooled students.

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