The Apple Barrel Country Store

Who remembers the Apple Barrel Country Store on Meeker? (I know that's where my Mom & I learned how… [more]

The Apple Barrel Country Store The Apple Barrel Country Store

A 93 Year Old Kent Mystery

A great Kent "mystery" from c.1924, From the Kent Advertiser/Journal… [more]

A 93 Year Old Kent Mystery A 93 Year Old Kent Mystery

School Buses in Kent’s Past

Some ways Kent children were bused to school over the years.                            … [more]

School Buses in Kent’s Past School Buses in Kent's Past

Gala 2017 Video

Buy tickets on our Events Page!… [more]

Gala 2017 Video Gala 2017 Video

Mystery Book Club October Meeting

In October we will be discussing the book: "In The Bleak Midwinter" by Julia Spencer-Fleming. We will… [more]

Mystery Book Club October Meeting Mystery Book Club October Meeting

C & C Produce

C & C Produce- Cash & Carry Fruits and Vegetables and S.T. Produce. This was on Railroad Ave, north of Smith St. (c.1960’s)

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New Email News Coming Soon!

We are starting an email list to send out news, reminders and general goings-on here at the museum! If you are a member and provided us with your email address when you signed up, you are good to go. Otherwise, we will be posting a link to sign up for it in the next week or so!

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Order Your Gala Tickets Today!

Today (August 31) is the last day to get Gala Tickets before the price goes up!! Order them on our website, or stop on by- we are here until 4pm!

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Reminder: 2017 Gala tickets go up in price on September 1st!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are just a few more days to purchase your gala ticket for $50, it will increase to $60 on September 1st. Get yours today!

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Back to Our Normal Hours

Just FYI: on Friday, September 1st, we will be going back to our normal hours- noon-4pm, Wednesdays-Saturdays. Thanks for including us in your summer plans! We will still be here once the rainy days of Autumn start back up- a great time to visit a museum!

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The Kent Theater

The Kent Theater and Meeker Street Livery, on the north side of W. Meeker, between 2nd & 4th streets. c. early 1900’s

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Dunn’s Meat Market

Dunn’s Meat Market c.1915. It was located where Bittersweet Restaurant then Downhome Catering was, 211 1st Ave S, Kent. Dunn’s Meat Market handled everything from the carcass to the trimmings. One of the people pictured is Oscar Barnes.

This is the front of the store recently, courtesy of Google Maps:

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A. A. Rutledge Co.

This photo is from a (previously cracked) glass plate negative. Two gentlemen are in a carriage in front of A.A. Rutledge Co. in downtown Kent. The smaller sign says “Music Store”.  No more is known about the date or the company in the photo.
Do you know anything about A.A. Rutledge Co.?

Our friend Eric shared two newspaper ads for A.A. Rutledge Co. from 1907 & 1908:

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Buy Your Gala Tickets Soon!

Only 12 days left before Gala ticket prices go up! Get yours now here on our website!

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Women Suffragettes in Kent

This photo was shared on another Kent history page. “Picture is dated July 4th, 1919. Says it was taken on Meeker Street. 4th person from the left is Klinkensmith, 5th is Jennie (Jensen) Johnson”. -John

The conversation afterwards thought it was related to Women’s Rights. … “just one month earlier from this picture on June 4, 1919 the 19th amendment was sent to the states for ratification. With their white dresses I’m fairly confident these women are suffragettes and are advocating for passage of the amendment.” -Julie

“The little house was Townes (Mary, Henry and Florence) and the big house was the house we lived in (Farman’s) across from where Valley Elementary” -Lynn

Also added was “1919…..women were winning the right to vote and Kent went dry from 1919 to 1933.
The Kent gents would go to what they called little Kent (Thomas) to wet their whistles.
Also the saloons were still up and running in O’brien during these trying times. Lol” -Eric

Social Media is an excellent way to share the bits of history people know and pull it together into a larger story!
Thank you for allowing us to share this John!

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