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

Coming Soon

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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.

January 10, 2024 in Business & Industry, News & Events

CalPortland (asphalt/concrete plant)

The CalPortland asphalt/concrete plant has been a landmark on the Kenmore industrial waterfront since the early 1970's. For decades the asphalt/concrete business has supplied asphalt/concrete materials for paving and building projects throughout the north King County region. Being strategically located on the Lake Washington waterfront has allowed a relatively inexpensive…
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December 30, 2023 in News & Events

Meet Matt Binder – Owner and Pharmacist of Ostroms Drug and Gifts

Kenmore Heritage Society reached out to Matt Binder after reading the below article from the Seattle Times, Oct 20, 2023. We sent him a few questions, to get to know him and his connection to the Kenmore community. We were delighted by his answers! Victor Whitman Special to The Seattle…
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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