Kitsap celebrates Washington's 125th
year with stories from 1889
Exhibit at Kitsap Museum opens
(Port Orchard, WA)
“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 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 in the 1889 during the period when Washington was
establishing itself as the 42nd state in the Union. The museum is
located at 280 4th Street in downtown Bremerton. Refreshments
will be served during the reception.
“Kitsap Stories” coincides with 125th
anniversary celebrations all over the state. Looking back in time to the
early 1880s, communities in Kitsap Country sprouted like mushrooms after the
first fall rain, around lumber mills that fed bites of the great old-growth
forests to California cities. In January 1857, just 11 years after the land
was ceded to the United States by the British, the Territorial Legislature
in Olympia granted mill owners their own county, allowing them to conduct
official business on site without having to row to Port Townsend or Seattle.
Named Slaughter County after an Army lieutenant, it was renamed Kitsap in
July of that same year after a Suquamish military leader. The county seat
was established on Bainbridge Island but moved to Port Orchard
(then called Sidney) in 1893.
By the time statehood finally came to
Washington, the Kitsap Peninsula already had official post offices in small
and Point No Point. Immigrants
from Asia and Scandinavia worked alongside Native Americans, developing
commerce and trade through logging and fishing and creating sustainable
communities with dairies, small farms, general stores and foot ferries.
Stories about the people who filed claims,
attended Sunday Schools, and ran for public office will be told in this
special exhibit alongside the other featured displays at the museum
including “Arts & Crafts: Homemade in Kitsap,” “Sound People, Sound
Visions,” representing different eras of economic development in Kitsap, and
“Main Street,” a recreation of a Kitsap storefronts in the early 1900s.
The open house November 7 is free and open
to the public, including entrance to all museum exhibits. For a flyer about
this event click
here. For more information, call (360) 479-6226 or go
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at 360.337.4598 for assistance.