Kenmore pops up with history

Kenmore Heritage Society will host its first pop-up museum Oct. 20.

The Kenmore Heritage Society will be hosting its first pop-up museum Oct. 20 at The Hangar.

Lasting two hours, Kenmore residents are invited to share relics and learn more about Kenmore’s history.

Kenmore planning commissioner and heritage society member, Suzanne Greathouse, is spearheading the “then and now” themed event.

Greathouse said she was inspired by the Bothell Historical Museum’s past events.

“We just want to share what we have and bring the community together,” Greathouse said. “History is happening now and it’s good to record and see how much things have changed.”

At the pop-up museum, tables will have old and current technology, tools, toys, household items, treasures and more. For instance, Greathouse said, a table may have a rotary phone sitting next to a smartphone. Another table may have a coffee grinder sitting next to a Keurig machine.

Each table will have a table captain who can offer more information about the history behind each object. Table captains will consist of heritage society members and about 15 Inglemoor High School (IHS) student volunteers. Items brought by the public will be displayed, and the owners can tell about the items’ history.

“I’m glad we were able to get students involved,” Greathouse said. “It’s great to get younger people involved in the community.”

Greathouse has been planning this pop-up museum for the past six months. Through help from Kenmore Heritage Society members and Bothell Historical Museum members, Greathouse said she’s excited to bring the community together over history.

Sue Kienast, a longtime Bothell Historical Museum member, assisted Greathouse with getting the event off the ground.

“I’ve always been interested in hands-on experiences for kids and adults,” Kienast said. “It’s easier to learn things when you are able to have something visual — something you can touch and compare to other things.”

Aside from tables with old and current objects, Greathouse said there will be volunteers dressed in period costumes and antique toy and game demonstrations outside.

Greathouse said she hopes the event will draw the community together and people will enjoy seeing how things have changed over time.

“Kenmore is in a place of transition,” Greathouse said. “I think it’s important to see where we’ve come from and where we’re going.”

Kienast said she thinks people will enjoy the event and hopes it will happen again.

“I think it’s a great idea and I think it’ll be fun,” she said.

The Kenmore Heritage Society’s pop-up museum will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Oct. 20 at The Hangar, 6728 NE 181st St. in Kenmore.