During 2012, we completed the renovation of our new home at 237 East Main and installed our permanent exhibits. These include Made in Kent: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Community; Lost Kent: Places We Remember; the Garrett Family Victorian Room; and more. Our community outreach programs featured a dramatic reading of Civil War letters performed by KSU theater students, a Victorian High Tea for fifth-grade girls, a celebration of 90 years of Davey School (the first home of Roosevelt High School), and, of course, museum visits and tours for every Kent third grader.
We've got some EXCITING PLANS for next year, too. Here are some highlights:
EDUCATION We'll expand our educational outreach to all Kent students in grades K - 5 with class visits (both virtual and in-person). We'll also work with KSUs History faculty to provide graduate and undergraduate Public History students hands-on experiences in researching and telling Kent's stories.
COMMUNITY We're forming new relationships with Kent Free Library and Acorn Alley for off-site display space to give the community even greater access to our collection. In the summer of 2013, we'll mount, with KSU, a retrospective of the work of Richard Sweet, the remarkable Record Courier photographer who chronicled life in Kent during the latter half of the twentieth century.
PRESERVATION We'll also, with your help, support historic preservation in Kent by launching a much-needed restoration program for the Erie Depot and the carriage house at 237 East Main.
HOW YOU CAN HELP is to make a tax deductible contribution. Your help and generosity is very much appreciated as we move forward to make Kent Historical Society a valued part of everyone's Kent experience.