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.

Veterans Memorial Installed at Kenmore City Hall

KHS is honored to have worked with a great group of Kenmore Veterans on this project.
Kenmore City Council selected our memorial proposal earlier this year and the City of Kenmore agreed to match funds up to $4K. KHS shared about the project and a group of Veterans stepped up to research options, visit existing memorials, design the bench, and raise funds. They shared the design and inscriptions more broadly with other Veterans, many of whom also sent contributions.
Next time you are at City Hall, check it out. While sitting on the bench you can view the flags and think of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

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.

August 17, 2023 in News & Events

Fresh Air in Kenmore

Get Some Fresh Air!... Get out and get some fresh air on September 7, the International Day of Clean Air, a time to recognize the amount of work that must be done to reduce the effects of smog, smoke, airborne chemicals like excessive CO₂, and other forms of harmful air…
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July 31, 2023 in News & Events

2023 Kenmore Heritage “Then and Now”

Kenmore Heritage Society – Then and Now The Kenmore Heritage Society (KHS) was founded in 1998, the same year our area incorporated as a city, and to this day is dedicated to the research, preservation, and celebration of the stories of the people from these surroundings -- past, present, and…
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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