The Museum is located in the historic Bereiter House at 855 East Smith Street.
Parking is available behind the house off East Temperance Street.
The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment.
Phone # (253) 854-4330
Admission is by a suggested $2 donation; no tickets are required for entrance to the Museum.
The Greater Kent Historical Society (GKHS) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization in the state of Washington that promotes the discovery, preservation and dissemination of knowledge about the history of the greater Kent area.
All donations are tax deductible as allowed by IRS law.
GKHS operates the Kent Historical Museum.
Please see our profile on GuideStar.org for more details.
The photo of these dapper gentlemen is great! There are no notes on it except it was taken in Sinclearville,… [more]
Kent’s First Barber Shop
This 1892 "photo shows James A. Shoff's barber shop on the left, located on Front Street (1st Ave. S.)...It… [more]
We came across a tintype photo in the archives this week! "Tintype photos, as the name implies, were… [more]
Happy Thanksgiving! This image is the cover of a newsletter from Washington Packers Inc., from Sumner,… [more]
Safe travels to all who are on the road this week to visit family & friends for the holiday! Shown is… [more]
This 1892 “photo shows James A. Shoff’s barber shop on the left, located on Front Street (1st Ave. S.)…It also shows where ‘The Kent Recorder’, Kent’s first newspaper made its start in the Crow & Shinn building.
The occasion must have been the 4th of July as this was about the only time everyone got together…Some of the people that have been identified are: James Shoff the barber in the center of the photo in front with the derby hat & white vest; James H. Titus the mayor with the white beard is in the center of the doorway (to the right)…;Will Shinn is at the right of the mayor; James T. Jones is in back of them, (he) operated Kent’s first light plant; Capt. James J. Crow is in the doorway to the left, (he) operated the last stern wheeler on the White (Green) River until 1885 when the Puget Sound Shore RR was built between Seattle and Tacoma;…Tom Goin & Oscar Cavanaugh are in the window upstairs; Everett Titus is at the left of Capt. Crow & owned the only harness shop on Front Street; Melvin Titus is leaning against the window directly under the boys upstairs, both Everett & Melvin were sons of J.H. Titus; Mrs. Shultz & Mrs. Ewing are in front with the long black dresses; Dr. Ewing who ran the drug store has a white goatee & is under the photographers banner;…Dan Gwinette with the heavy black beard is siting at the far left.” -excerpt from “Kent’s First Barber Shop” by Clarence Shoff
We came across a tintype photo in the archives this week!
“Tintype photos, as the name implies, were photos with the image on a metal surface, rather than on glass or paper…
In America, tintypes were used by the traveling photographers following the armies of the civil war. Tin (or actually thin iron sheet) was cut to size by the photographers. The sheet was then coated with something like tar. This process was cheap, and the results could be mailed home without breaking.” -courtesy of www.edinphoto.org.uk
Pictured are 4 men in front of a blacksmith shop on the White River in the 1880’s. Edward F. Richmond is holding the square, George Read is holding the hammer & tongs, the other 2 men are Latelle Richmond Carmichael and Mr. Van Doren or Mr. Temple.
Happy Thanksgiving! This image is the cover of a newsletter from Washington Packers Inc., from Sumner, WA, in November 1947.
We hope you have a wonderful day however you are spending it! (And we hope your turkey wasn’t as much trouble as this one was! 😉 )
Did you know that glass plates were used to make negatives in photography from 1851-1920? We have some in our archives! Here are 3 recent glass plate negative donations that we scanned and inverted in Photoshop to see the true image. The only thing we really know about these is they were related to the Shinn family in some way. The second image seems to be someone taking a photo of a woman taking a photo of her kids!
Have you started your Thanksgiving grocery shopping already? Here is one place you might have shopped around 1900 in Kent- Bonnaman’s Store. (It later became Ryerson’s Grocery Store) It was located on 1st Ave between Gowe & Titus Streets. Those dapper gents look ready to help with all Thanksgiving’s fixin’s you may have needed, (that you didn’t grow yourself)!
We came across a great photo of Mr. Brecver (Becvar?) with a buggy full of kids from 1915! This photo was taken on South Central Ave.
Also pictured are:Sarah Pinkerton, Austin Casey, Clarinda Pinkerton Calvert, Cornetia Casey, Reathel Sheehan Norberg, Bea Von Brocklin Geimer, Cornelius Casey, Gordon Taylor, Dale Pinkerton, Pete Decker and Vern Taylor.
Here is the Kent Meat Market / Dunn’s Butcher Shop in Sept. 1922. Check out those prices! This was located at 211 1st Ave South in Kent.
Shown are: Johnny Grey, Dorothy Taylor, Oliver Dunn, Harriet De Young, Al Lybeck, Mr. Dunn, Roy Dahlgren and unknown.