Greater Kent Historical Society Museum takes a closer look at local pioneer

Book talk, walking tour follows the life of Ezra Meeker’s experiences during the Klondike Gold Rush

  • Sunday, March 17, 2019 11:20am
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The Greater Kent Historical Society Museum presents a book discussion and historic walking tour of the life of a Kent pioneer.

The April 13 program describes Ezra Meeker’s experiences during the Klondike Gold Rush. The program is 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the museum, 855 E. Smith St., Kent.

“Slick as a Mitten: Ezra Meeker’s Klondike Enterprise,” by Dennis M. Larsen, chronicles Meeker, who started a business in the Yukon that provisioned the miners with tons of canned goods and fresh vegetables grown and processed in the Green/White River Valley.

Today, the Meeker name is attached to local schools, streets and buildings.

Participants can read the book in advance and join the discussion about how that get-rich-quick period in the Far North influenced development in the Kent area. Following the book talk, the group will offer a walking tour of historical downtown Kent, where several buildings were constructed with funds gained during the Klondike Gold Rush.

Wear good walking shoes and come dressed for the weather.

Registration required and is available at or by calling the Kent Library at 253-859-3330.

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