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 quickly developed a passion for local history. I was always a successful student and when I wasn’t hitting the books, I was out in the barn spending time with my horses. I led a successful horse show career and enjoyed competing in rodeo queen pageants throughout high school and my early college years.
I started my collegiate career at Central Washington University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, and later decided to become a history teacher obtaining an additional B.A. in History/Social Studies Teaching along with a teaching certification. Once I started teaching in public education, I realized how important object-based learning was and how much students benefited from being able to connect with their past through artifacts. I knew then that I wanted to marry my teaching skills with museum work.
In 2013, I was accepted into the University of Washington’s Museology graduate program. I concentrated my studies on museum education and ultimately published a thesis titled, Daring to be Dramatic: An Examination of the Live Interpretation of Instances of Slavery at Living History Museums.
I look forward to bringing my diverse background to the Kent Historical Museum and I’m eager to offer some new ideas to this wonderful organization. I encourage you to stop by and meet me if you have a chance!
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 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in August, noon to 4 p.m. the rest of the year 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.