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.
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Did you know… the first school in area was the Titusville School. This photo was taken in 1882 & Mr. Allen was one of the teachers.. It was located on S. Central & S. 259th on the NE corner. Note … Continue reading
Did you know… Kent used to have a fish pond in the middle of town? It was in the city park that was between Gowe & Smith streets. The park had flowers, Chestnut trees and a bandstand. Around 1932 the … Continue reading
May 28, 2016 marks the end of Kent 125 and the beginning of Kent 126. The GKHS will no longer bring a Kent Story every council meeting, though there are still myriad stories to tell and more being made very … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Police Chief Thomas will address the City Council tonight for the GKHS Kent Story. We are very excited as he will be talking about Kent’s history of badminton! Who are we kidding? He is going to talk about the long … Continue reading
The Bereiter Museum will be opening a little late today, 3/9/2016, as we will be down hearing Mayor Cooke’s State of the City address. We will be back open after 1pm for tours and regular business!
The GKHS has two scholarship opportunities for Kent students. The Osness Scholarship is in memory of long time Kent residents Ralph L. and Elinor J. Osness and is open to a graduate of a Kent School District High School looking … Continue reading
It is time for a new Kent Story for the city council! For the March 1 Story, Allan Reitan will tell of the connection that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act Heart has to Kent. Check out the full … Continue reading
The next Kent Story will air soon! This time, we are focused on the earliest African American settlers in our archives, William and Pauline Scott. They arrived in the valley in 1889 and became a part of the community. The … Continue reading