Kent Chronicles

Kent Chronicles, in essence, is a discussion based learning circle that meets on the first Thursday and the Saturday after the first Thursday of every month.  We talk through a variety of topics that have effected the world, the nation, and the town of Kent.  Often the focus is on a few years, for example 1960-1965, and the big events or ideas that had an impact.  Occasionally, the topic will be more focused like the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, which had national significance but was also was hugely influential on our region and town.  (Did you know that the City of Kent petitioned to host the World’s Fair in Kent?  We have a copy of the document at the museum!)

The group is composed of anyone who is willing to come engage in the discussion.  We encourage students over the 4th grade to come learn alongside older generations that lived through the events.  The larger the pool of participants, the more perspectives, and the more interesting the conversation!

The Chronicles discussion is supplemented with a number of different items.  Each month we create a PowerPoint that includes pictures and video clips that help to elicit responses and shape the dialogue.  Additionally, we provide a Chronicles packet that includes more information, such as quotes, newspaper clippings, pictures, and political cartoons.  The goal is to help participants develop a fuller understanding of events through seeing, reading, hearing, and discussing.

Kent Chronicles convenes on the first Thursday AND the Saturday after the first Thursday of every month around the dining room table of the Bereiter House at 855 East Smith Street from 11 am until 12:30.

This Month:

January Chronicles: Canceled

February 4th
February 6th

Let’s Talk About Love
To get in the mood for Valentine’s Day, Chronicles will focus on the history of the holiday.  Where did it come from?  Who is St. Valentine?  Why does he get a day?  Was there a celebration of love before him?  And what is with all these cards?  Why flowers?  Why are roses so popular?  Do we have to do the heart shaped boxes of chocolate?
As always, we will look back into Kent’s history, did Kent people celebrate the holiday?  Hint, they did or we wouldn’t be discussing it.  How did they celebrate it?  Does it look similar to what we are planning for 2016?  Come find out!

Our collection of Vintage Valentines will be on display in a full exhibit.

Our collection of Vintage Valentines will be on display in a full exhibit.