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Kitsap County Celebrates 150 Years
By Chris Henry
In January 1857, this area was incorporated as Slaughter County. On July 13 of that year, the founding fathers abandoned that grim moniker in favor of “Kitsap County.”
On Friday (July 13, 2007), the Kitsap County Historical Society will officially launch the county’s sesquicentennial celebration with the unveiling of a display highlighting its first 150 years. The display, developed in coordination with Kitsap County officials, will be installed at the museum, 280 Fourth St. in Bremerton. A copy of the display will be at the county’s administration building, 614 Division St. in Port Orchard, and there will be a copy “traveling” throughout the county.
The historical museum this year is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Other local milestones are the 60th anniversary of the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede and the 100th anniversary of the Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce. The four groups are cross-marketing events throughout the year under the slogan, “Four Hundred Years of Celebration in Kitsap County.”
County officials will host a sesquicentennial observation Aug. 23 at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede. Clarence Moriwaki, the county’s public information officer, has been instrumental in the design of a commemorative pin that will be available for purchase — $1.50 each — at the fair. The historical society’s sesquicentennial display will be on view at the fair, and visitors are likely to see curator Jane Roth Williams strolling around in 1800s period dress.
Roth Williams drew on the museum’s permanent installation of historical artifacts to design the sesquicentennial display, which offers a condensed version of local history from the time of the first Native Americans to 21st Century Kitsap. Along the way Kitsap’s history has been tied to Puget Sound, through early logging enterprise, U.S. Naval installations and ferry transportation, including the famed Mosquito Fleet. Roth Williams said this year would be an opportune time for local residents to visit the museum and learn more about Kitsap’s history.

Be a Part of Kitsap’s History: The Kitsap Sun will observe the county’s sesquicentennial by compiling information on county history from residents and former residents. Share your knowledge (and historical photos) via e-mail to, or by mail to Local News Editor, Kitsap Sun, Box 259, Bremerton, 98337. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of photographs.

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