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Marcus Garvey

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.

Schools & Libraries
March 25, 2019

Bastyr University

Bastyr University occupies a fifty acre wooded setting, formerly St. Thomas Seminary, adjacent to St. Edwards Park. The academic center for natural medicines was founded in Seattle and moved to this site in 1996. Photo courtesy of Bastyr University
Business & Industry
October 25, 2018

Kenmore Camera

Kenmore Camera owner Jim Donovan (right) talks with Burt Knopp (center) and Dick Taylor shortly after the store opened in 1974 in a strip mall at 78th and Bothell Way.  Donovan relocated his store in 1977 to the former Kenmore fire station at 18031 67th Avenue NE after purchasing the…
January 29, 2018

Northern Pacific Railroad Train

An early automobile appears to be racing a Northern Pacific Railroad train as both travel eastward along Lake Washington toward Kenmore in about 1930. The scene is Bothell Way in the vicinity of 55th Avenue NE. Kenmore was a flag stop for train passengers and freight from 1887 until 1941.
March 25, 2019

Shirl Squire platted Northlake Terrace in 1912

Early Kenmore developer Shirl Squire laid out a plat called Northlake Terrace in 1912 that encompassed much of the central Kenmore property owned by his father, Watson Squire. Photo courtesy of Dee Squire Dickinson

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