April Kent Chronicles

In an unfortunate turn of events, Kent Chronicles for Thursday, 4/3/2014, has been canceled due to illness… [more]

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March Kent Chronicles

For this month's discussion, we will be focused on the Japanese impact on the valley.  We will start… [more]

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Events Roundup for January 2014

Greetings all! The next month is going to be a busy time for the Historical Society and we want to… [more]

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January Kent Chronicles

Kent Chronicles is back right after the New Year! We are going to start a trio of discussions about… [more]

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Museum Holiday Hours

The Kent Historical Museum will have some abbreviated hours for this holiday season. We are on our… [more]

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April Kent Chronicles

In an unfortunate turn of events, Kent Chronicles for Thursday, 4/3/2014, has been canceled due to illness of the moderator.

However, the good news is that the discussion will be picked up on Saturday 4/5/2014!  The topic will be Japanese Internment with a focus on the events in the Kent Valley.

I hope to see you on Saturday, 4/5/2014, from 11:00am to 12:30pm at the Bereiter Museum.

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March Kent Chronicles

For this month’s discussion, we will be focused on the Japanese impact on the valley.  We will start looking at the ways that the initial immigrants influenced the valley and the hardships they had to overcome to find success.  We will also talk about the struggles that their children faced as they had American citizenship but still dealt with the label of “foreigner.”

Please feel free to bring any pictures or stories that you might have in relation to this topic as it will help to broaden the discussion.

Japanese cabbage farmers in the Kent Valley.

Japanese cabbage farmers in the Kent Valley.

Chronicles will be on March 6th and 8th, from 11:00am to 12:30pm.  As always, we will have refreshments and fine conversation!  I look forward to seeing you.

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Koto Music Program

The Greater Kent Historical Society is proud to present an unique evening of entertainment on February 18th.  We will be hosting a concert on the koto, an instrument most closely associated with Japanese culture.  Come join us to hear this beautiful music!

Koto
Date: February 18th, 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Place:
Bereiter Museum
855 East Smith St.
Kent, WA 98030
Reservations:
$10 For GKHS Members
$12 for nonmembers
$5 for students

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Indian Tom Presentation

The Greater Kent Historical Society is proud to host Hilda Meryhew in her presentation of “Indian Tom.”  This afternoon talk will cover the King County War of 1855 and the actions of one man who saved the life of three pioneer children during the unrest.

Green River

 

Date: February 15th, 2014
Time: 1:00pm
Location:
Bereiter Museum
855 East Smith St.
Kent, WA 98030
Reservations:
$10 For GKHS Members
$12 for nonmembers
$5 for students

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Events Roundup for January 2014

Greetings all!

The next month is going to be a busy time for the Historical Society and we want to make you aware of all that is going on!

January 18th is the Annual Meeting at the Kent Memorial Park Building from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  This meeting is an opportunity for the general public to hear what the Society has been up to over the last year and what is new for the coming year.  Our guest speaker for this year it Mr. Carl Hicks, a Civil War historian who participated in the 2013 reenactment of the battle of Gettysburg.

view of downtown

February 6th and 8th is Kent Chronicles from 11:00am to 12:30pm at the museum.  We will be discussing more recent Japanese history, starting with the Meiji Restoration.   All are welcome to come participate in the conversation!

February 15th will be a program at the museum, “Indian Tom” by guest speaker Hilda Meryhew.  This event is by reservation, contact the museum to save your seat for this 1:00 pm program!  Check back for additional information!

February 18th will be a rare musical opportunity to hear Mirei Zaborak play her koto, a traditional Japanese instrument.  This program will start at 7:00 pm at the museum.  For reservations, please contact the museum by phone, by email, or by stopping in!  Again, check back for additional information as we get closer to the event!

Koto

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January Kent Chronicles

Kent Chronicles is back right after the New Year!

We are going to start a trio of discussions about Japan to be prepared for a upcoming special musical presentation (more details later).

For January, we are going to become familiar with the geography of Japan the help explain why the society grew as it did.  Then we will start discussing ancient Japan before moving into the more recognizable feudal society.

samurai

We are meeting on January 2nd and 4th from 11:00am to 12:30 pm at the museum.  There will be coffee, juice, and cookies to go along with the discussion!  I hope to see you there!

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Museum Holiday Hours

The Kent Historical Museum will have some abbreviated hours for this holiday season.

We are on our regular schedule from 12/17-12/21.

Over Christmas week we will be open on 12/26-12/28.

Over New Year’s week, we will be open 1/2-1/4.

We hope to see you over this holiday season!

Holiday Pic

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Museum’s Holiday Open House

Open House InvitationCome down the the museum to celebrate the holiday season on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5pm!  There will be refreshments as you tour the remodeled kitchen, the newest exhibit to open at the museum, and dedication of our new donor board.

If you haven’t been to the museum recently, now this will be an excellent time to come see what has changed and what we have been up to!  See you on Sunday, December 8th from 2pm to 5pm!

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December Kent Chronicles

This month we are going to be doing something that I think will be very engaging in a different way than usual.  We are going to be talking about the holiday season in two parts.

The first part involves the greater city of Kent.  How has Kent celebrated the holidays in the past?   How has it changed?  Have we retained some parts of it?  Did you know that the tennis courts down at Memorial Park used to be turned into a skating rink in the winter?  We will be looking at all these different things that happened in town in December!

meeker and kennebeck

The second part will be more personal as we share some of our family traditions and tie them into the community as a whole.

We will meet on December 5th and 7th from 11:00am to 12:30pm at the Bereiter Museum.  I hope to see you then!

 

 

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Russian Music at the Museum

You heard them on stage at the Kent International Festival.  Now is the opportunity to hear Larisa Beriault and Carol Bertozzi in a small group setting as they spend an evening sharing Russian life and culture through picture and song!  The music will range from traditional Russian songs, to the patriotic music from World War Two, to ditties made popular in a 1960s Soviet cartoon. There will be explanations of each song’s meaning and insights into what it was like to live in Russia at the time.  This is a fantastic opportunity to hear the uniquely Russian instrument, the domra, and learn about Russian culture.

Domra

Reservations are $5 for students, $10 for GKHS members, and $12 for non-members.  To place your reservation, please call the museum, (253)854-4330, or email ctyofknt@msn.com.

When: November 16, 2013 at 7:00pm
Where: Greater Kent Historical Museum
855 East Smith Street
Kent, WA 98030
There is parking in the rear of the museum off from Temperance Street.

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