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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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

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

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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A Bereiter Homecoming

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 🙂

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75th Remembrance of Puyallup Assembly Center

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

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