Guest Post: Experience Historical Kent

The Queen City Cycle Club in Kent, Washington, 1896, MOHAI collection, courtesy of Crosscut.

Michelle Gehlman-Teeter from the Greater Kent Historical Society shares a sneak peek of what you can expect from this much-loved, month-long annual event! We’re proud to help fund Experience Historical Kent through our Heritage Projects grant program.

Experience Historical Kent is coming together under this year’s new coordination of the Greater Kent Historical Society! There will be many returning favorites, including the Downtown Walking Tour, the Soos Creek Botanical Garden’s event, the popular Cemetery Tour and the All Kent Reunion.

This year, the Neely-Soames open house and historical garden tour will be in July to better highlight the plants when they are in peak season. The yearly car show has had some big changes and this year it will be located at Showare Center on an even larger scale than before. This year it will be called “The Pacific Cascade Mustang Club All Ford & Mustang Roundup” and they are planning some surprises for us.

They will again have a historic churches open house day and this year they are adding a historic barn tour, including tours of the Sidekick Distillery, Mary Olson Farm and the Carriage Barn at the museum is having an historic quilt show.

The Greater Kent Historical Society will have its annual open house to kick off the month. Look for “Hounds Meet History,” where you can learn about famous pets of King County with your leashed pet.

Mark your calendars to learn about Kent’s history and have some fun meeting your neighbors! Details of the month’s schedule are available online. All events will be free, however, donations will be accepted.