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.
By 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
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.
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
Eric Cowen, UW crew historian
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!
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!
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.
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
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!
Finally, 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
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!
At least, that is the plan! If we get talking the schedule could spread out a bit.
Until next time.