The Kenmore Heritage Society…

How much do you really know about Kenmore? You may have learned its history through books, or stories shared at family gatherings, but we bet they left out some of the more interesting and colorful history of Kenmore’s past. From the Meanderers, who 200 years ago lived along the waterway we now call the Sammamish Slough, to the famous author who was a patient at Kenmore’s Lakewood Villa Sanitarium, and the 1920’s nudist colony within swimming distance of the Kenmore beach at the north end of Lake Washington, these are the stories about Kenmore’s history we would like to share with you.

KHS Highlight Reel 2023

Digital Collections

Explore Kenmore’s history through story, photos, and first-hand accounts of the people, places, and businesses of our community. Browse and enjoy an immersive look at what made this city what it is today.

Digital Collections


From the earliest inhabitants of this land, to the pioneers who shaped the buildings and institutions that make up Kenmore. Take a scroll through the many important events, people, and developments of Kenmore history.

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Native Plants

The Kenmore Heritage Society, Burke Museum Staff and City of Kenmore partnered to create a Native Plant educational area at Tl’ awh-ah-dees park.


Native Art

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We're Making History Now!

Since its founding in 1998, the Kenmore Heritage Society has produced a wide assortment of public programs exploring the history and culture of the city and surrounding region. Check out what we have planned for this year.

May 25, 2024 in News & Events

Ida Harrington (Stewart): 70+ Years in Kenmore

Log Cabin with Extension Ida's 1950's Kenmore Farm Ida Harrington (Stewart) has called Kenmore home for over 70 years. In 1960 she moved to Kenmore with her parents Bruce and Mary Jane, brothers Donald, Gordon (Corky), Paul and sister Donna Lee, and lived on a 3-acre farm near NE 204th Street…
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March 31, 2024 in News & Events

Bell Bottoms Day April 5th!

Get groovy and celebrate Bell Bottoms Day by busting out your favorite retro fashion trends. It's the perfect excuse to embrace your inner flower child! BELL BOTTOMS & THEIR BEGINNINGS Bell-bottom pants originated from the 19th-century US Navy uniform. The British Royal Navy men later adopted the style, and it…
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“I volunteered at the Heritage Society’s PopUp Museum at the Hanger. It was fun to see the items folks brought from home, and the stories they had to share.” – Sue K