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Oral History: Kent, Anne Thompson, April 5, 1976 [interview]
Kent, Anne Thompson
Ehat, Carla
Date Created and/or Issued
April 5, 1976
Publication Information
Marin County Free Library. Anne T. Kent California Room
Contributing Institution
Marin County Free Library
Oral Histories
Rights Information
Marin County Free Library. Anne T. Kent California Room
April 5, 1976
Copyright 2009, Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library
Anne married Thomas Kent, the second son of U.S. Congressman William Kent. A former children's librarian, she relocated from her native Long Island to Kentfield in 1918. Active in civic affairs, she is a founding member of the Marin Art and Garden Center, and a moving force in the establishment of the Jose Moya del Pino Library and the Ross Valley Players. She was instrumental in founding the Marin County Free Library System and, with Carla Ehat, developed the Oral History program for the California Room, now named in her honor. Here, Anne recalls: the Kent family; the creation of Muir Woods; Stinson Beach; and the annual Old Settlers Day celebration at the Tamalpais Centre. She talks about the history of the Marin Municipal Water District and the creation of many of the county's dams and reservoirs. She describes her involvement with Audubon Canyon Ranch, Marin Conservation League, and the Sunny Hills Grape Festival. From 1974 to 1984, Carla Ehat, with partner Anne Kent, and later Genevieve Martinelli, interviewed a broad spectrum of Marin County's long-time residents, from ranchers to politicians, including descendants of early pioneer families. This program was co-sponsored by the Marin County Free Library and the Moya Library in Ross. The resulting archive, consisting of nearly 300 recordings and their corresponding transcriptions, are housed in the Anne T. Kent California Room at the Civic Center branch of the Marin County Free Library.
1 sound cassette; 86 minutes
OH_Kent, Anne Thompson
Oral Histories
Local history
Emmigration and immigration
Ehat, Carla
Kent, Anne Thompson
Kent Family
Kent, William, 1864-1928
Marin County (Calif.)
Kentfield (Calif.)
Ross (Calif.)

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