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Kenmore Voices

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Kenmore Voices
May 30, 2021

Then & Now ~ School and Learning Evolved!

1901 - 1914 School-age children of McMaster Mill employees attended class in one of the sawmill shacks like this one, from 1901 until a schoolhouse was built in 1914. Kenmore Heritage Society photo 1914 - 1916 The Kenmore schoolhouse was occupied for two years, 1914-1916, until consolidating with Bothell, and…
Kenmore VoicesNews & Events
May 30, 2021

Smile! National Camera Day – June 29

Photography is Part of our Everyday Life National Camera Day celebrates the fact that photography, once so complicated it took a scientist to understand, is now part of our everyday lives. The word “photography” is based on two Greek words that, when put together, mean “writing with light.” It’s a…
Kenmore Voices
April 25, 2021

Mount St. Helens Erupts!

KHS Board Member Marella Alejandrino remembers ... Growing up in the Ballard neighborhood and being a native of Seattle, I certainly took for granted as a child the beautiful and majestic nature that surrounded me. I grew up in an era where you played and spent as much time as…

Historic Kenmore

Dive deep into the images from our archives. Here are a few examples from our collection.

Parks & Recreation
January 29, 2018

Boy and his catch

A boy displays a day’s catch at Ward’s Beach Resort on Lake Washington. The date of this photo is not known, but the popular resort for fishing and swimming operated from 1947 to 1959. When owner Carl Ward sold the property, it became the Uplake Marina, and later Davidson’s Marina.
Pioneer Families
April 18, 2019

Bannisters -1930s.

Bob, Shirley and Virginia Bannister, 1930s. Photo courtesy of Bannister family.
Business & Industry
March 25, 2019

Farmer’s Grocery

People moving out of the city to buy cheap land in Linwood Heights during the 1930s' Depression made Farmer's Grocery their neighborhood stop. Melba and Bob Farmer opened the small market at NE 193rd Street and 55th Avenue NE in 1935 and lived in the rear attached dwelling. Photo courtesy…
Schools & Libraries
January 29, 2018

Mrs. Belle Nottingham

Mrs. Belle Nottingham and her eight pupils occupy the newly built Kenmore School on NE 181st Street in 1914. From left, the students (who likely arrived on foot, on horseback, and on bicycles) are Pierre Bump, Lawrence “Happy” Salmon, Harold Niemeyer, Beatrice Burge, Jack Collins, Earl Niemeyer, Clyde Burge, and…

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