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The Kitsap County Historical Society and Museum collects, preserves, and
exhibits the diverse culture, heritage and history of Kitsap County for
the education and enjoyment of the public. 

Come visit, remember and learn with us.

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Kitsap Stories from 1889 Nov. 7 2014

Exhibit Opening
Kitsap Stories from 1889
First Friday, November 7
5-8 pm Program 6 pm

Kitsap celebrates Washington's 125th year with stories from 1889.
  
"Kitsap Stories from 1889," an exhibit celebrating Washington's quasquicentennial or 125th year of statehood, will be on display at the Kitsap Historical Museum Friday, Nov. 7 through mid-January.

An open house takes place during Bremerton's First Friday Art Walk, Nov 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. with a special reception at 6 p.m. 

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, sponsors of the event, and Kitsap County Auditor Walt Washington will be on hand to open the exhibit.  The public is invited to share in the rich stories, photos and artifacts of Kitsap County's people and places of 1889, when Washington was establishing itself as the 42nd state in the Union.

The open house Nov. 7 is free to the public, including entrance to all museum exhibits. Refreshments will be served during the reception.

Tule Gatherer poster

The museum will also be showing a foyer exhibit opening First Friday, November 7 - "Tule Gatherers" in honor of Native American month and a Kid's Korner craft "Thanksgiving Leaves". 

Be sure to join us First Friday, November 7 for an eventful evening!

Kid's Korner Nov. 7 Thanksgiving Leaves Project

Historic Preservation Workshop poster

Sign up today for the November 15 Historic Preservation Workshop w/special bonus tour of the museum collection rarely seen!


Watch our Calendar for more events.

If you are not a member, this would be an ideal time to join so you can participate in these events at a better price!

Have you donated yet? We need your help.

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Get the New Green Version of the Book!

Poster of the new edition of the museums book recently published called Kitsap County: A History. On sale at the museum.

This Third Edition of Kitsap County is the most complete and comprehensive history of Kitsap county. First compiled in 1977, this reprinted edition has quality photographs and in-depth information that will delight “history buffs” as well as historians.  Beginning with an overview of Kitsap County, the book is divided into four major geographical areas:  North, Central, and South Kitsap County, Bremerton & Naval Shipyard, and Bainbridge Island. 

Based on oral histories, personal accounts, archival records, photographic collections, official documents, newspaper and journal articles, this book is a wealth of information. Maps and timelines are also included.   Appendices at the back provide additional useful information on Mosquito Fleet Routes, Kitsap Location Names, Kitsap Lakes, Logging Terms, and a list of Naval, Seamanship and Fishing terms.

Copies of this beautifully bound book are available for $75 at the Kitsap History Museum beginning Friday, November 30, 2012. Or fill out this form and send it to us with payment for a copy to be mailed to you.

Still showing is our popular exhibit in the Mezzanine Gallery:

Arts & Crafts: Homemade in Kitsap

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.

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