Kent Chronicles

We had a nice turnout at our Chronicles presentation this morning! Thank you for the educational and… [more]

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Vapo-Cresolene Lamp

We received a lovely donation this week of a Vapo-Cresolene Lamp designed for vaporizing cresylic acid/… [more]

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Uncle Sam’s Greatest Resources

This was on the front page of The Seattle Daily Times on June 4, 1918, during WWI. It is interesting… [more]

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Alva Johnson’s Pool Hall

This is Kent's first Pool Hall owned by Alva Johnson c.1906! Alva is the gentleman behind the counter… [more]

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Festival Season

Summer is festival season and we have had no shortage of festivals here in the White River Valley over… [more]

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Kent Chronicles

We had a nice turnout at our Chronicles presentation this morning! Thank you for the educational and enlightening talk by Hamdi Abdulle, Executive Director of the Somali Youth and Family Club!

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Vapo-Cresolene Lamp

We received a lovely donation this week of a Vapo-Cresolene Lamp designed for vaporizing cresylic acid/ coal tar acid. It was used to “cure or considerably alleviate diseases of the respiratory system and throat”, as well as to sanitize “sick rooms where bacteria were thought to lurk.” c.1880’s
To read more about these devices, check out this webpage: http://www.thelampworks.com/lw_vapo_cresolene.htm

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Uncle Sam’s Greatest Resources

This was on the front page of The Seattle Daily Times on June 4, 1918, during WWI. It is interesting that they started giving children preventative healthcare to grow better soldiers one day.
“…to the credit of Seattle’s climate and health conditions, (children) were found to be 99.99 percent perfect”

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Alva Johnson’s Pool Hall

This is Kent’s first Pool Hall owned by Alva Johnson c.1906!
Alva is the gentleman behind the counter on the interior photo. The Pool Hall was located on 1st & Titus

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Festival Season

Fourth of July Town Gathering c. 1892

Summer is festival season and we have had no shortage of festivals here in the White River Valley over the years. From the Lettuce Festival in 1934 (and undoubtedly others even earlier) to the International Festival started just nine years ago, festivals bring together a community in a way nothing else can.
“Festivals foster community pride, teach people new things, and strengthen relationships.” (Wuthnow) When we celebrate the things that make our city special it evokes good feelings, people come together and participate in lighthearted fun and gives us all something in common to talk about.
The Lettuce Festival is a great example. Much of the valley’s history is rooted in agriculture, so the celebrations of that common history made for some great fun. They had parades, a Lettuce Queen and built the “World’s Largest Salad” for all to enjoy.
Festivals also serve to bring in new citizens and to celebrate the changing definition of a community. The International Festival has done an excellent job of this.
Cornucopia Days, the Canterbury Faire, Ezra Meeker Days, the Kent International Balloon Classic, the Valley Festival, Dragonboat Races, Soapbox Derbys, Kent’s 4th of July Splash, Experience Historical Kent… some of these have fallen by the wayside, but others are going strong! Join your community and find some festivals to enjoy this summer!
-Michelle Gehlman-Teeter

Cornucopia Days Parade c. 1948

Cornucopia Days Parade Davy Crockett c. 1954

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National Flag Day

We are a couple of days late to celebrate #NationalFlagDay, but we wanted to share the flag in our collection dated by the Smithsonian Institute as made c.1850, (with the gold fringe added in the 1920s). Read the story below!

   

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From the Director

As the new Executive Director of the Kent Historical Museum, I’d like to tell you a bit about myself…
My training is in history and museum studies. As a Pacific Northwest native, I grew up on Bainbridge Island where I quickly developed a passion for local history. I was always a successful student and when I wasn’t hitting the books, I was out in the barn spending time with my horses. I led a successful horse show career and enjoyed competing in rodeo queen pageants throughout high school and my early college years.
I started my collegiate career at Central Washington University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, and later decided to become a history teacher obtaining an additional B.A. in History/Social Studies Teaching along with a teaching certification. Once I started teaching in public education, I realized how important object-based learning was and how much students benefited from being able to connect with their past through artifacts. I knew then that I wanted to marry my teaching skills with museum work.
In 2013, I was accepted into the University of Washington’s Museology graduate program. I concentrated my studies on museum education and ultimately published a thesis titled, Daring to be Dramatic: An Examination of the Live Interpretation of Instances of Slavery at Living History Museums.
I look forward to bringing my diverse background to the Kent Historical Museum and I’m eager to offer some new ideas to this wonderful organization. I encourage you to stop by and meet me if you have a chance!
-Tessa Yeaman

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Greater Kent Historical Society Scholarship

This year’s GKHS Scholarship winner is Noah Teeter from Kent Meridian High School! He believes our historic buildings should be preserved and has been working for ten years as a custodian’s assistant, helping to clean and preserve the historic Covington Community Church building, the oldest public building in Covington. He has been accepted to CWU next year where he plans on studying psychology in the hopes of coming back to Kent as a counseling psychologist, helping those in need.
Congratulations Noah!

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Kent Chronicles- Kent’s Somali-American Community

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Preschool Parade

This is a photo of the “preschool parade” in the Cornucopia Days Parade c.1948. The little boy dressed as a Native American on his tricycle is Dave McIver, and his future wife, Carol Auker is 3 trikes behind him!
Before it was donated to us, this photo was given to Carol & Dave after they had been married about 30 years by Gertie Fox of Kent.
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