The Valley of Hops

Did you know... the valley used to grow hops for beer? Pictured are a group of Native Americans who helped… [more]

The Valley of Hops The Valley of Hops

Cavanaugh & Clancy Tinning & Plumbing

There is something charming about this photo of Cavanaugh & Clancy Tinning & Plumbing from the 1890s.… [more]

Cavanaugh & Clancy Tinning & Plumbing Cavanaugh & Clancy Tinning & Plumbing

“Reasons for a High School Paper”

Here is an excellent article written in 1911 about the importance of having a school newspaper. It was… [more]

“Reasons for a High School Paper” "Reasons for a High School Paper"

Day Trip

Off on a day trip this weekend? These women seem to be on their way somewhere special too! Circa 1900's-1920's,… [more]

Day Trip Day Trip

Football Reporting-1911

We have a copy of Kent High School's first issue of "The Criterion" from 1911, a periodical they put… [more]

Football Reporting-1911 Football Reporting-1911

The Valley of Hops

Did you know… the valley used to grow hops for beer? Pictured are a group of Native Americans who helped with the hops. Many traveled great distances to assist with the harvest, some as far as Wrangell, Alaska and British Columbia. Pickers reportedly earned around a dollar per day. In the 1890’s the hop plants became infested with lice and along with the fall in the price of hops, this industry came to an end in the valley. Ezra Meeker and CM VanDoren had the largest hop farms in the valley. Meeker had 60 acres and VanDoren had 25 acres.
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Cavanaugh & Clancy Tinning & Plumbing

There is something charming about this photo of Cavanaugh & Clancy Tinning & Plumbing from the 1890s. It was located on West Meeker Street. Shown is Ollie Cavanaugh.
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“Reasons for a High School Paper”

Here is an excellent article written in 1911 about the importance of having a school newspaper. It was included in Kent High School’s first issue of “The Criterion”, a periodical the school body decided to write. With school newspapers going by the wayside, the hope is these benefits are still being produced, if not by a school newspaper, then by some other means. (written by Clarence A. Mason)
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Day Trip

Off on a day trip this weekend? These women seem to be on their way somewhere special too! Circa 1900’s-1920’s, two names were noted: Mary Frances and Ava Kinnan.
Have a fun and safe weekend!
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Football Reporting-1911

We have a copy of Kent High School’s first issue of “The Criterion” from 1911, a periodical they put out to let the public know what was going on in their school. The athletics page was beautifully written about the football team that year, shown below.
“…True, the local boys know how to milk and excavate tubers, but they also know something about the gentle art of handling a pigskin…”
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Our museum in 1929

Going through our archives we ran across a great photo of the Museum as it was in 1929! We are not sure who is sitting on the porch as there was no notes attached, but we would love to figure it out one day!
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Chronicles are back!

Chronicles are back! Mark your calendar for Oct. 13th at 11am, or Oct. 15th at 10am. Tim Clark will be presenting on “Kent Veterans of Vietnam: their story and the challenge.”

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Girls Basketball 1912

We can’t forget the girls’ sports teams! Shown is the Kent High School Girls Basketball team in 1912.
(Pictured: Mary Ramsey [coach], Julia Pozzi Radcliffe, Goldie Guiberson, Sadie Calhoun, Genevieve Lusk, Marjorie Martin, C. Boucher Keogh, Mary Snell Franke, Mary Boucher Pinkerton, Ruth Green Gonnason, Lenz Ramstead Brown, Ruth Gonnason)kent-hs-girls-basketball-1912

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The Stolen Flower Queen

Another back to school photo- this was at the Kent Valley School (between 4th & 5th Ave and Titus & Saar). The children were in costume for a school play called “The Stolen Flower Queen” circa 1922.Kent Valley School c1922 play The Stolen Flower Queen

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Happy First Day of School!

Happy First Day Of School to Kent School District Students!!
Shown is a class of students in teacher Mrs. Naomi Snell’s class from 1916 (which school was not noted).
Have fun starting your new year!School Children witth teacher Mrs. Naomi Snell Feb 1916

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