History UnCorked: Water Works (How Bremerton got such darn good drinking water)

  • April 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

Discover the fascinating journey of Bremerton's Public Works and Utilities Department, a story deeply intertwined with the city's rich history and promising future! From humble beginnings relying on local wells to the innovative water systems and environmental initiatives of today, this talk offers a captivating glimpse into how Bremerton has evolved. Learn about pivotal moments like the acquisition of water systems in the early 1900s and the transformative Casad Dam project in the 1950s, all driven by a commitment to sustainable growth and community well-being. Join us for an engaging discussion that showcases the spirit of innovation and stewardship that defines Bremerton. Whether you're a local history buff or simply curious about the city's development, this talk promises insights and inspiration for all. Don't miss out on uncovering the secrets behind Bremerton's thriving infrastructure and why it's a shining example worth exploring!

Date & Time

Thu, Apr 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



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.