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NASA Lunar Rovers: Kent, WA Landmarks

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | All Events (see all)

About this Program:

“They were some of history’s most consequential road trips and they started right here in our backyard, in Kent, Washington.” 49 years ago, this July, lunar rovers built in Kent were sent to the moon aboard Apollo 15.

About the Speaker:

Sarah J. Martin is a public historian specializing in architectural history and the built environment. She manages her own consulting firm, SJM Cultural Resource Services, which helps clients identify, document, and interpret historic places. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Kansas and her master’s degree in public history from Middle Tennessee State University.

Before moving to Seattle, she spent nine years managing the National Register of Historic Places program for the State of Kansas. Among her recent Seattle-area landmark applications – many with her friend and colleague Flo Lentz – are the Campbell and Crescent-Hamm buildings in West Seattle, the St. Edward Seminary in Kenmore, the Museum of Flight’s Boeing Airplane Co. Building, and the Ronnei-Raum House in Fall City. Sarah is a proud member of Historic Seattle and her neighborhood organization Historic Wallingford.

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Show Notes:

More on the Kent Connection, City of Kent. Includes a link to the WA Heritage Register application

Historic Washington: Bring the Moon to Downtown Kent,” TVW production, with Kent TV21 and City of Kent, July 4, 2019. Includes interviews with employees of Boeing’s rover program.

Kent Mayor Dana Ralph kicks off Lunar Rover STEM Fest and unveils a lunar rover replica,” Kent TV21 video, November 29, 2019.

NASA Names Companies to Develop Human Landers for Artemis Moon Missions,”NASA news release, April 30, 2020.

NASA Features

The Apollo Missions,” NASA, last updated February 1, 2019.

Apollo 15: Follow the Tracks,” NASA, March 5, 2012. High-resolution imagery shows the rover tracks and where Rover 1 is parked.

NASA Spacecraft Images Offer Sharper Views of Apollo Landing Sites,” NASA, September 5, 2011.

Photo Credits:

Blue Origin, Boeing Corporate Archives, Boeing News, City of Kent, Kent TV21, Kent News-Journal, King County Historic Preservation Office, NASA, Seattle Times

This virtual program is made possible by these 2020 Education Program Sponsors & Historic Seattle’s Lawrence Kreisman Historic Preservation Education Fund.

Underwriting Partners: Bassetti Architects | Bennett Properties

Sustaining Partners: Lydig Construction | Marvin Anderson Architects | Pacifica Law Group

Presenting Partners: Bear Wood Windows | Beneficial State Bank | Bricklin & Newman | BuildingWork | Chosen Wood Window Maintenance, Inc. | Clifton Larson Allen LLP | Coughlin Porter Lundeen | J.A.S. Design Build | National Trust Insurance Services | Northwest Vernacular | RAFN Company | Ron Wright Associates / Architects | SHKS | SMR Architects | Swenson Say Fagét | Tonkin Architecture | Tru Mechanical | Weinstein A+U | ZGF Architects

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