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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This seemed very pertinent to us all these days! It was found on the back of an industry booklet put out by Carnation Milk back in 1964. Remember to Vote!
Planning on going out dancing this weekend? Back in 1926 you may have been dancing to this band- the Ozark Mountaineers! (Lou & Charlie Becvar shown standing, the other’s names were not noted).
With the weather getting chilly and wet, indoor activities are looking good! In 1900 they had the same idea- here was Kent’s first Bowling Alley! (The only name noted was Emil Nelson who was 3rd from the right).
November’s Kent Chronicles are titled: “Conversations About the Vietnam Conflict: An oral history of Kent area participants- The Story of John Walker”. Plan to attend one of our two talks on November 3rd or 5th at 11am here at the … Continue reading
While scanning the archives we found a thick brochure that was missing the cover, but seemed to be a tourist book for people visiting for the Great Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909! It covered all of the surrounding communities, including two … Continue reading
Here’s a photo of the Kent High School band in 1927- love those outfits! (Shown is: Frank R., Herman Youngman, Forest Rol, Bearge Marsh, Glen Gohlinger, Jack Sears, Russell Faulkner; 2nd row: Ralph McIntosh, Melvin Marlowe, Robert Kirshner, Louis Becvar, … Continue reading
With football season upon us, we’d like to honor one of our great high school coaches, Coach Claude French. Claude French was born in Washington in 1894 and attended Kent High School where he enjoyed playing sports, lettering in both … Continue reading
An enlightening article written for the 1911 Kent High School periodical “The Criterion”. It is about starting up agricultural science courses and why it’s important to do so. It’s interesting that they were worried about their finite resources even back … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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.