History UnCorked: Tale of Krampus

  • December 14, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Kitsap History Museum

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

History UnCorked: Tale of Krampus

This History UnCorked will uncover the origins of Krampus, how the legend has evolved over time, and its impact on popular culture. The tale of the Krampus dates back centuries, originating as a German Christmas tradition during the 12th century. In contrast to St. Nicholas, Krampus meant to deter naughty children throughout the holiday season. Eric Morley will share how and why he's brought the Krampus lore to the streets of Bremerton.

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to uncork the rich history of Krampus. We look forward to welcoming you to an evening swirling with intriguing tales, engaging dialogue, and a deep dive into yuletide history.



Registration is required for this free event. Please call 360-479-6226 or stop into the museum if you are having trouble registering on this site. 


We believe history should be accessible to everyone, regardless of income. This motivates us to keep programs and admission to the Museum free. If you are moved to support this mission, please consider donating to help us fund events like these.


Getting Here

Parking: The Washington Garage on Washington & 4th St is free parking after 5pm.

Public Transit: This event is accessible by ferry and bus by Kitsap Transit

Date & Time

Thu, Dec 14, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Venue Details

Kitsap History Museum

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



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.


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.