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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.

Pioneer Families
January 29, 2018

Arrowhead Point’s

Arrowhead Point’s first homesteader was Reuben J. Crocker in 1888. The first Arrowhead home was built by Albert G. Shears. Today, the point is fully developed with winding streets and lakefront homes.
February 10, 2019

Northlake Lutheran Church

The congregation of Northlake Lutheran Church dedicated its new church on a hillside above Kenmore in September 1961 after organizing the previous year. Photo courtesy of LeRoy Anenson.
February 7, 2019

Mill Owner John McMaster

John McMaster opened a shingle mill on the northeast shore of Lake Washington on January 1, 1901, and named the site Kenmore, reflecting the name of his previous home, Kenmore, Ontario. Photo courtesy of Bothell Library
Business & IndustryHistoric Kenmore
January 30, 2019

Kenmore Drive-In Theater

The Kenmore Drive-In Theater, opened in 1953, offered nightly viewing of films, popular with young postwar families who brought their children along in cars. The Metro park-and-ride lot occupies the site today. Late 1950s photo from the Bothell Citizen.

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