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.

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

Timeline

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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History Path

The Kenmore History Path at Logboom Park was envisioned as a way to tell the Kenmore story to the public. Installed in 2008, its eleven interpretive signs present our history in a fascinating and concise visual manner.

History Path

Resources

Photos, documents, and links to local archives tell the story of life in Kenmore and the Pacific Northwest. Every entry sheds new light on the past, and helps us better anticipate the future.

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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.

June 26, 2022 in News & Events

Happy Anniversary ADA – July 26th

ADAanniversary.org   July 26 marks the 32nd anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. The ADA mandates that qualified disabled individuals shall not be excluded from participation in, denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity. The ADA is…
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June 2, 2022 in News & Events

History echoes in decaying halls of St. Edward Seminary

By Katherine Long - Seattle Times staff reporter   On the outside, St. Edward Seminary is a fantastic Romanesque Revival building, four stories of glowing, pastel brick on a sweep of green lawn above Lake Washington. On the inside, time has been savage to this building. Chips of paint the size…
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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