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.
Downtown Kent in the 1950’s
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Introducing the Adult Education Series at Kent Historical Museum
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The Moonlite Inn Star Room
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Panther Lake Elementary School
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The Lucky Grocery Store
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A lovely clipping from the Valley Daily News May 20, 1990, their paper in honor of Kent’s Centennial.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!