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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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!
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
We just had a surprise visit from Mr. Bereiter’s descendants! Two generations of Bereiters got to see the home their great-grandfather built in 1908 this afternoon, and we got to meet his delightful family 🙂
This year is the 75th Anniversary of the establishment of the Puyallup Assembly Center which incarcerated approx. 75,000 people of Japanese ancestry living in Washington & Alaska. Survivors of all assembly centers, detention facilities and permanent camps are invited to … Continue reading