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This fascinating exhibit features handmade and homemade items from local Kitsapers, including Margaret Bergman's innovative weaving loom, ship models by Port Gamble native Edgar Jameson, fiddles built by Alexander McNair, and a "crazy quilt" by Margaret Kemp of Tracyton. Visit us to explore Arts and Crafts of Kitsap, from native and pioneer resourcefulness to the modern DIY movement.


Special thanks to exhibit sponsor, Debbie Macomber's A Good Yarn Shop.

 

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Traveling Exhibits


For further information on traveling exhibits such as inventory, availability, and rental prices, please contact: info@kitsaphistory.org.

Mosquitos in Kitsap
Before the building of good roads, bridges, and the Washington State Ferry System, small steam boats swarmed Puget Sound as thick as mosquitos, or so the saying goes. Mosquitos in Kitsap examines this fascinating era by highlighting numerous steam boats which served the growing communities in Kitsap County between 1853 and 1940. Interpretive display panels, an interactive game, and historical index of vessels explore numerous Mosquito Fleet boats which served Kitsap County. This exhibit has already traveled to festivals in Bremerton, Olalla, and Port Gamble. Mosquitos in Kitsap premiered in May, 2010, aboard the historic steamer Virginia V.

*Winner of the 2011 Award of Exhibition Excellence from the Washington Museum Association.*

 
This exhibit is available for temporary loan. Contact the museum for more info.

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Previous Exhibits

 

VOTE A View of local and national voting affecting Kitsap County from 1850-2012.


In the past we have gone to our individual precincts and filled out a written ballot. Later, in a booth, we faced a machine that punched out our ballot choices. Now we vote by simply marking and mailing our ballots. This evolution in voting methods and a timeline of major votes affecting Kitsap are documented in this fact-filled exhibit.

 

A dramatic feature of the exhibit are two huge chalkboards from the 1970s, with the final vote counts still visible. These boards have been quietly stored in the Kitsap County Courthouse basement for decades and are brought to view only in this exhibit. All the results were posted. Remember the OWL party?


 

Image: Vote - making Kitsap voices count!

This picture of the vote exhibit features one of the large chalk boards with an actual final vote tabulation for the 1970s.

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Kitsap County has been a powerhouse of athletics for well over a century. As athletes from around the globe gather for the 30th Olympic Games in London, we celebrate former Olympians from Kitsap. Going back to 1972 and as recent as 2010 (our lone winter Olympian), this group includes eight athletes in five sports.
Though the events of the Olympiad are refined for elite competition, each reflects a pastime from our own local history. These images and stories provide a counterpoint to the unfolding drama of today’s Olympians, reminding us that from playful recreation close to home, one can embark upon a journey to the world stage.

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Girl Scouts Together Across the Years

Kitsap County Historical Society Museum joins local Girl Scouts in commemorating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting with a new exhibit in the Wally Kippola Gallery. During the opening a program on March 2, current and former Girl Scouts are invited to share recollections of their scouting experience.  Excerpts from these stories will be incorporated into the exhibit which includes photographs from Girl Scouts around Kitsap County, Girl Scout uniforms, dolls, books, patches, and other memorabilia dating as far back as the 1930s.

 

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Fleet Field: Homestead to National Airport

(September 2012 - February 2012)

In conjunction with the museum's recent airport history talk, we are pleased to present this exhibit in the Wally Kippola Gallery. Featuring images and  artifacts from the KCHS collection, this historical exhibit spans the history of the airfield which later became Kitsap County Airport, and ultimately Bremerton National Airport. Photos trace the gradual development of the property since its original owners, the inaugural airmail flight of 1938 (the photo above features postmasters from throughout the county gathered around the plane before takeoff), the 1947 Kitsap County Air Show, and airport businesses including Olympic Aviation. Joining the exhibit will be recent donations by Norma Bayes and Amy Burnett, descendents of the original homesteading families of the airport property.

 

 

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Made for Walkin' (May 6, 2011 - December 31, 2011)
The month of May welcomed a new featured exhibit, Made for Walkin', in the Mezzanine Gallery. Inspired by the museum's rich collection of footwear, the exhibition showcases shoes from several perspectives. Footwear is something that we can all relate to, whether for work, recreation, or fashion. The exhibition features several discrete galleries ranging from a cobbler's area to a portrait gallery to a mock shoe store. Shown above are visitors at the exhibit opening, and a photo of Perrone Shoe Repair, circa 1956 (courtesy Connie Wallace). For more images from the opening, click here.

Made for Walkin' is sponsored by Arnold's Home Furnishings, West Sound Arts Council and Indigo Plum.

 

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Spanning the Great Peninsula: Bridges of Kitsap (September 2010 - April 2, 2011)


Explore the bridges of Kitsap in our newest exhibit. Spanning the Great Peninsula traces the development of the county’s one hundred-plus bridges over the last century. This exhibit combines historical photographs, videos, and blueprints with contemporary oral histories and interactive models. Examine bridges through four key themes: Commerce and Economics, Engineering and Construction, Ecology, and Community. View bridge inspectors’ gear, a bridge tolling sign, and plans for proposed bridges across Puget Sound. You can also share your own bridge story in our video recording booth.

*Winner of the 2011 Award of Exhibition Excellence from the Washington Museum Association.*


Funding for Spanning the Great Peninsula: Bridges of Kitsap generously provided by Manson Construction and Mowat Construction, currently working together in a joint venture to replace Bremerton’s historic Manette Bridge.

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Over Here/Over There: How Kitsap County Contributed to Victory in WWI

This exhibit in the Wally Kippola Library chronicles Kitsap County's contribution to the allied victory through the story of local military and civilian men and women, WWI propaganda, military uniforms, artifacts and historic photographs. Don't miss your opportunity to see this new exciting exhibit!

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Be Mine
This exhibit features several historical collections of valentines from the KCHS Archives. Dating as far back as 1900, these valentines show a range of styles, including romance, passion, and whimsy. Of special note are the many pop-up valentines of the early 20th Century, and a large collection of children's valentines from the 1940s and 1950s.
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KCHS   Portraiture (November 2010 – January 2011)
This selection of fifteen photographic portraits from the Kitsap Historical Society Archives features local historical figures, founding pioneers, civic leaders, prominent business people, individuals, and a few mysteries. The many skilled photographers who created these works produced more than simple likenesses. Ranging from the early 1900s through mid-century, the images show strength of character, beneficence, optimism, humor, and even mystery.

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The Great White Fleet in Puget Sound (May – October 2010)
In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt sent sixteen battleships and 14,000 sailors of the Atlantic Fleet around the world as both a show of force and a goodwill journey. Painted white for the peaceful voyage, they would later be known as the Great White Fleet. During their visit to Puget Sound and the Navy Yard in Bremerton, the fleet enjoyed great popularity and festivities. This photographic exhibit featured original photographs of the Atlantic Fleet’s visit and newspaper clippings of the event from the scrapbooks of F.W.D. Holbrook, as well as photographs of the Navy Yard and additional ships of that era.
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History in Print (November 2009 – September 2010)

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History in Print explored the confluence of printing as a process and a medium for documentation. Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the Kitsap Sun and the demise of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, this rich exhibit spotlighted the museum’s broad collection of printing, typesetting, and photography artifacts, combining them with historical and contemporary print media to show us just how the concepts of history and print are interconnected.


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100 Years of Scouting in Kitsap County (February – May 2010)

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In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, this exhibit examined some of the early history of scouting in Kitsap County, as well as wilderness skills which are still a core component of the scouting tradition. Visitors saw historic photographs of Camp Parsons and many early scouters and troops, practice knot-tying skills, and “track” a variety of animals through the museum. This exhibit was made possible through collaboration with the BSA Sinclair District, artifacts from the Don Serry collection, and the generous loan of a Penn Yan canoe by Richard Gardner.

 
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