Downloadable History Kits

Lessons are appropriate for Elementary and Middle School students. Lessons topics include:

  • Locating Kenmore
  • Kenmore Maps
  • Community and Towns Histories
  • Discovering History
  • Be a History Detective
  • Photo Study
  • Native Americans
  • Native American Stories
  • Map of Native American Villages and Trails

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Locating Kenmore
Students determine where we live on maps of the world, United States of America, Washington State, and Seattle and the greater Eastside. They find Kenmore on the maps of Washington State and Seattle.

Kenmore Maps
Students name all of the things a community has such as post office, library, school, park, etc and create a map of their own community. They become familiar with a map of Kenmore, map symbols and features. Students create their own map of where they live and play.

Community and Towns Histories
Students learn what makes up a community and how communities are alike and different. They learn the differences between villages, towns, cities and suburbs. Students learn various ways to find out more about a town’s history, including street signs, town names, objects, maps, houses and buildings. They use the development of Kenmore as an example of how a community begins and grows, changing and adapting with the times.

Discovering History
What do your students know – Students have an opportunity to share what they already know about the history of their local community, and then brainstorm what they would like to find out about the history of their community.

Be a History Detective
Students brainstorm all of the resources we have to learn about the past: photos, letters, journals, memoirs, newspapers, interviews, people, official records, artifacts, objects, etc. They discover how we learn about the past, specifically through asking questions and thinking about clues in artifacts.

Photo Study
Using a photo that depicts life in the past in Kenmore, students learn facts about Kenmore’s history. Then, they use their imagination to write their own story about what is happening in the photos.

Native Americans
Native Plant Uses: Students discover how Native Americans used plants in the Kenmore area to meet their basic needs and compare that with how these basic needs are met today.

Native American Stories
Students listen to several Native American stories about how something in nature came to be. Then they write their own story about how something in nature came to be

Map of Native American Villages and Trails
Students learn about the places that Native Americans lived, traveled, and conducted their daily lives in the Kenmore and Lake Sammamish area. Students consider solutions to the problems that the Native Americans had to face. Students also consider how natural landforms, lakes, hills, forests, wetlands, etc. influence Native American settlement and travel.

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Volunteer Opportunities for Students

Make your mark on Kenmore’s history!

Please apply through your school counselor or volunteer coordinator. Training is provided, together with ongoing developmental support. Working as a volunteer offers opportunities for skills development and provides evidence of transferable skills for future employers. 

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Student Board Member
The student board member acts as a link between the Board and local students, serving as a trustee on behalf of all Kenmore students and tasked with engaging their peers District-wide. The student board member is invited to perform Board duties such as suggesting programs/events, participating in budget planning, creating fundraising campaigns and promoting the organization though various media channels. A Board mentor will be provided to assist in this role.

Student Blogger
Student Bloggers work independently to produce regular content for our website, providing insight on matters of interest to local students. Blog posts will be relevant to life in Kenmore and personal to the author, reflecting their opinions and experiences. Bloggers create their own content; topics may also be suggested by other Board members.  There are no set working hours, however Bloggers need to commit to writing at least one blog posts per month (ideal is two per month). A Board mentor will be provided to assist in this role.

Social Media Intern
The social media intern supports Kenmore Heritage Society efforts to raise awareness of their Mission and associated community events, by developing and engaging local media relationships, assisting in the drafting and calendaring of social content, and exploring new strategies to reach priority audiences. A Board mentor will be provided to assist in this role.

Event Support
Kenmore Heritage Society sponsors a variety of events throughout the year. As an event volunteer, your responsibilities may include preparing craft projects, developing print information and signage, setting up booths, creating or setting up displays and interactive activities, moving tables and chairs, providing a warm, friendly welcome to visitors/participants, answering any questions and encouraging people to get involved in the events/activities.

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Virtual Programs for Classrooms


Kenmore Heritage Society sponsored virtual experience from the Burke Museum

  • Have a Burke educator join your class live from their learning studio: Each program includes an interactive discussion or activity related to the topic, a closer look at real Burke collections and a chance for Q&A! You’ll also receive pre- and post-program materials to help prepare your students for the live experience and extend their learning afterwards.
  • Web-based, virtual tours of the museum: Designed to support classroom curriculum, our Virtual Field Trips are interactive, self-paced experiences. All you need is an internet connection and web browser to get started. 

If you are interested in a virtual experience, please send us a note and we’ll set it up.

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Other Great Program Offers

MOHAI — Bite-sized History : Explore bite-sized history activities!  Use our teen-created podcast, Rainy Day History, as a starting point to look at muddy and complicated waters of Seattle’s past; watch a MOHAI Minute and create engaging activities; or go back in time and explore MOHAI’s past exhibits.


Pacific Science Center
Virtual Programs | Pacific Science Center: Each program type explores a variety of STEM themes, and there are offerings available for multiple age ranges and grades. With programs for homeschoolers, school groups, or science enthusiasts, there’s something for everyone.

PopUp StoryWalk

Kenmore Heritage Society is pleased to offer a version of  our Kids History book as a PopUp StoryWalk experience. This is great way for schools and community organizations to introduce local history through a fun and engaging activity. Available from Kenmore Heritage Society.

PopUp StoryWalk is a local program promoting literacy, health, and art appreciation using deconstructed children’s storybooks installed in outdoor community spaces. Begin a children’s story at the start of a trail, read posted pages along the way, and end the trial as you end the book.

Get Outdoors! Get Reading!

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