History UnCorked: Manette's Early Days

  • Thu, Jan 25, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Kitsap History Museum

    280 4th Street
    Bremerton, Washington 98337
Ticket Price Free This event is now over
Description

History UnCorked: Manette's Early Days

Join us at the Kitsap History Museum for another captivating UnCorked where historian, Ruth Reese, will regale us with stories of Manette's early days. Immerse yourself in the riveting narratives of the early days of this historic neighborhood and unravel the stories that shaped its present. Discover how this vibrant community evolved over the years, from its humble beginnings to the place it is today.

 

Date & Time

Thu, Jan 25, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Venue Details

Kitsap History Museum

280 4th Street
Bremerton, Washington 98337 Kitsap History Museum
Kitsap History Museum

OUR MISSION

CONNECTING OUR COMMUNITY WITH EACH STORY.

We center our events, programming, collections and exhibits in the following core values:

  • Accessibility – Offering free and welcoming activities for every individual.
  • Discovery – Sparking curiosity and wonder through vibrant storytelling.
  • Connection – Forging strong bonds between people, place and time.
  • Diversity – Building inclusion through the many voices of Kitsap County.
  • Education – Illuminating the past to enrich our future.
     

OUR HISTORY

In 1947, Bremerton resident R.B. Campbell wrote to the local newspaper suggesting the need to begin recording the history of Kitsap. By 1948, a group had formed the Kitsap County Historical Society, with elementary school teacher Chloe Sutton serving as the first president and Elgie Hoffman as the museum director. The first display was mounted in 1949 in a small exhibit cabinet in the county courthouse, but we were eventually allocated two small rooms on the second floor of the County Administration Building in Port Orchard. In 1964, we acquired five display cases generously donated by Frederick and Nelson enabling us to set up temporary exhibits in bank buildings throughout Kitsap County.

By 1967, due to space constraints, the Historical Society was required to move out of the county courthouse. Luckily, a new home was found in the old Telephone Building on Fourth Street in Bremerton (currently housing the Coffee Oasis offices) and housed the museum from 1967 to 1976. 

In less than a decade, the museum outgrew that space too. Fortunately, Rosamond Johnson, an active member, accomplished woodworker and poet, left a generous bequest that allowed us to purchase the Silverdale State Bank building on Byron Street in Old Town Silverdale in 1976.

                         

It wasn’t long before we were packed floor to ceiling again, leading us to sell that building and purchase another former bank building in Bremerton  – our current location at 280 4th St. in Downtown Bremerton. When we first acquired the Seattle First National Bank building 1995, it was an empty cavern, nothing resembling a museum. Thanks to the hands-on support of countless volunteers we were able to transform it into our new home.


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