We Need a Model of a Canal Lock
Canal Lock
The Kent Historical Society is looking for someone to build us a “working” model of a canal lock. During the early 19th century the canal that went through Kent - then known as Franklin Mills - had a lock that raised and lowered canal boats. The remnants of that lock can be seen at the river edge park here in Kent. We would like to have a model of a typical lock as part of our education program.

If you have the skill and would like to contribute your energy to building a lock display for us, please give us a call at 330.678-2712 and speak to our staff — Lori Bednar or Julie Kenworthy. Or leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.
Railroad Town
If you're interested in the history, background, and how the railroad effected the city of Kent, this is the book for you. Written by our own Bruce Dzeda. It is published and sold by us, the Kent Historical Society and can be purchased either through our PayPal shopping cart or directly from the historical society at 237 E. Main St. To learn more about the book go here.
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Finally! We are starting to rebuild our model railroad. Bill, Don, and John have volunteered to take charge of this project and are we excited. They have many combined years of model RR building experience. After looking over what we have they have told me what we could use to complete this project. If you have an HO scale model train set, buildings, people, trees, cars, trucks, and other HO model materials we can put it to good use.
This documentary produced by the KHS is a short historical overview depicting the building blocks of the Kent community, from its Franklin Mills origins to the eventual renaming of the city to Kent. The video illustrates the importance of the Cuyahoga River and the economic impact it had on the city. We get a brief view of the individuals that built the industries, mills, the canal and eventually the railroad. We find out that John Brown lived and briefly worked in Kent and that Kent was a stop on the underground railroad. The video brings us up to date with the businesses of today and ending with the growth of the Kent Normal School into what eventually became Kent State University.
Kent – The Early Years
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