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August hours added to
Greetings from Kent ” postcard exhibit

The opening weeks of the Society’s summer exhibit, “Greetings from Kent: An exhibition of historic postcards,” have been extremely positive and the Society has added some hours in August to extend the exhibit.

Visitors to the special location, the town-owned historic building, the Swift House, have discovered enlarged postcards that fill the walls of the building. Those who’ve lived in town for years have delighted in seeing the older buildings and remembering who lived and worked in the areas depicted in the postcards. Newcomers to Kent can see the similarities and the differences in the scenes shown that range from Main Street to farming in the outer reaches of town.

The Kent Historical Society is celebrating postcards this summer with its exhibit, “Greetings from Kent,” showcasing the local landscape as seen through the lens of postcard photographers. The exhibit will be open for the Kent Sidewalk Festival Saturday, Aug. 6 and Sunday, Aug. 7  from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

The Society is also participating in Kent Arts Night, when a town-wide open house will feature extended hours in stores and free entertainment in a variety of areas. The exhibit will be open Saturday, Aug. 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

There is much to be celebrated in what postcards can provide – a look back at the town of Kent over more than 100 years. Many of these images were from postcard kits that were popular for individuals to create their own cards. The Historical Society has put this exhibition together through loans from local residents and collectors, as well as its own collection. KHS Trustee Melissa Cherniske is the guest curator.

There also are a number of reproduction postcards available for purchase.

The show takes place in the historic, town-owned Swift House at the corner of Maple Street and Swift Lane. Admission is free to members and there is a suggested donation for non-members.

For more information, see www.kenthistoricalsociety.org , email info@kenthistoricalsociety.org or call 860-927-4587.

The Kent Historical Society’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and present the rich history of Kent as well as to provide educational and research material to enrich the public understanding of Kent’s artistic and cultural heritage.