Downtown Kent in the 1950’s

Here's a photo of some downtown Kent businesses from the 1950's on Railroad & Meeker: Jim's Barber… [more]

Downtown Kent in the 1950’s Downtown Kent in the 1950's

Introducing the Adult Education Series at Kent Historical Museum

Kent Historical Museum will be unveiling a 3 part adult education series this fall and winter. We will… [more]

Introducing the Adult Education Series at Kent Historical Museum Introducing the Adult Education Series at Kent Historical Museum

The Moonlite Inn Star Room

The Moonlite Inn Star Room, Coffee Shop, Dancing, Club, Tavern & Leonard Rexall Drugs. c. 1960's.… [more]

The Moonlite Inn Star Room The Moonlite Inn Star Room

Panther Lake Elementary School

We had someone ask about the date of the old Panther Lake Elementary school. So we thought we'd share… [more]

Panther Lake Elementary School Panther Lake Elementary School

The Lucky Grocery Store

The Lucky Grocery Store on 4th & Meeker (NE corner). c. 1971 Here's what it looks like now courtesy… [more]

The Lucky Grocery Store The Lucky Grocery Store

Museum Closed August 10th & 11th

FYI, next Thursday & Friday (August 10th &11th) the museum will be closed for some porch repairs which will block the entrance.
Please visit us Wednesday or Saturday! Thanks for your understanding!
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Kent Centennial Clipping

A lovely clipping from the Valley Daily News May 20, 1990, their paper in honor of Kent’s Centennial.

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Experience Historical Kent Month Kicks off at Museum

Experience Historical Kent Month is kicking off on Saturday with the Mill Creek Historic Neighborhood walk and the Museum’s Open House, featuring our new exhibit on Smith Brother’s Farms! Hope you can join us!

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Lunar Rover 1971

Forty Six years ago yesterday, the Apollo 15 was launched with the lunar rover built here at Boeing in the Kent Valley! We have a newspaper clipping from July 28, 1971 with a first hand account of the launch by Wini Carter. (Unfortunately we only have the first part of the article, but it’s interesting nevertheless).
Also pictured are the 3 astronauts getting onto the van to take them to the launch site.

The last photo is of a small float built for Ezra Meeker Days that year to commemorate the rover! Kendall Brookbank pictured.

To continue with the lunar buggy news clippings, here are a few more from October 1971, when the astronauts visited Kent to thank the Boeing employees for their great work.
The Jaycees sold buttons commemorating the lunar buggy to raise money for charity.

 

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Kent Fishing Derby 1971

In our collection is a bunch of newspaper articles and photos about the fishing derby that used to be held in downtown Kent for the kids. These ones are all from April/May 1971, from the Kent News Journal.

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Kent Chronicles

Thank you to Oleg Pynda, Executive Director of Ukrainian Community Center for presenting our Kent Chronicles this morning!
The Center handles service delivery for refugees and immigrants from former Soviet Republics. Pynda reviewed the waves of refugees into Washington starting in 1989, and the upbringing in the Soviet style system where religion prevented access to jobs and educational opportunities.
Refugees from former Soviet Republics in Washington state between 2000-2007 were 16,580, in 2015 there were 740 and in 2016 there were 1201.
The Ukrainian Center delivers social services as designated by the state, is accredited with Immigration authorities to represent refugees in court and has been certified as a mental health provider with three counselors.
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Exhibit Grand Opening

Our Guest speakers will be here at 3pm!!

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July 4th Wedding

We found a cute story of a wedding put on publicly in Kent in 1912 as part of the 4th of July festivities! The couple,Grace Peterson and E.L. Young, got $100 and a free double bed to have their wedding in Kent’s gazebo. Read all about it here!
The article is from The Record Chronicle News Journal, July 3, 1984.

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Experience Historical Kent and “Smith Brother’s Farms, a Kent Legacy” Exhibit

Join us August 5th for Experience Historical Kent, home of the Mill Creek Neighborhood walking tour and Kent Historical Museum open house featuring the debut of a new exhibit!

Come meet members of the Smith family as we unveil “Smith Brothers Farms, a Kent Legacy.”

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Mystery Book Club

The Kent Historic Museum will be hosting a monthly Mystery Book Club starting Wednesday, September 13, 10:00 to 11:30 am!
If this interests you, please join us and bring a mystery book or two to review and choose for the remaining two months this year. Our first book will be “Still Life” by Louise Penny. This is a series starring Inspector Armand Gamache and is available at your local library.
When a ‘series’ is selected we will read the first one and then a list of the remaining books on the series will be handed out for your own personal reading.
We look forward to meeting you and discovering new authors!

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