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 Friday, from 12 pm to 4 p.m., 10 am to 4 p.m. on Saturdays 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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O’brien Elementary School. One of the photos was noted the year 1919, another 1900, the others are unknown. Note the background in the second photo- farmland as far as you can see!
This was found shoved inside the 1905 school records we have been scanning. The Great Pumpkin, even back then or more likely a scarecrow or costume?
Pioneer Thomas Alvord built his home in the 1880’s. It was located at 78th Ave S. The faint photo, if you look close, is all of his cows in front of the house!
We are lucky enough to have two Danny Pierce pieces on loan at the Museum! Read about him here, then come visit us to see them in person!
This program was from the last day at the races at Longacres Park, Sept. 21, 1992.
This is the A.M. Playford General Blacksmith Shop c.1880’s-1890’s. The horse garage was the parts store of the time, selling things like horseshoes and other accessories. Shown left to right is : Alex Playford, (maybe) A.P. Meredith, and Sol Kunkel. Exact address unknown.
This is a contract between the City of Kent and E. Molkie to deliver 75 cords of 4 ft. slab wood to the Light Plant from the Kent Mill on Oct. 12th, 1896, all for $25. Very interesting read and what a treasure to have the original in our archives!