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Kitsap Library Foundation seeks final funds for history preservation project

The Kitsap Regional Library announced recently that they are within $3,000 of their fundraising goal to digitize the content of World War II-era Bainbridge Island Review newspapers, and are seeking donations to complete the project.

“[These papers] have special historic significance because of the editorial stand the paper took in support of the island’s Japanese-American community,” said Jeff Brody, KRL spokesman.

KRL has also discovered several issues missing from existing archives and is putting out a call for people who may have original copies of the war-era papers.

The missing issues are from these dates in 1941: Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12.

“These four editions of the Bainbridge Review are not in the collection of the Bainbridge Historical Museum, the University of Washington Library, the Washington State Library or at the Bainbridge Review,” said Rebecca Judd, the branch manager at the Bainbridge Public Library. “We were hoping someone might have these issues in a scrapbook or an attic.”

The digitization project has received considerable support from the Bainbridge community and from interested persons in the greater Seattle area.

Once the microfilm of the issues of the Bainbridge Review from 1941 through 1946 is digitized, anyone accessing a special page on the KRL website will be able to search the entire content of the newspaper using keywords. Text from articles, photo captions and even advertisements will be searchable.

Donations can be made online at www.krl.org/foundation, at the Bainbridge branch, or may be mailed directly to the KRL Foundation at 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton, WA 98310. Checks should be made payable to the Kitsap Regional Library Foundation.

“Wherever you make your donation, note that it is for the ‘BI History Project’ so that it is applied appropriately,” said Jaime Forsyth, executive director of the KRL Foundation.

“We have been overwhelmed with the show of support for this project. Not just history and school organizations but other community groups such as Bainbridge Public Library and IslandWood; clearly it’s close to the heart of this community,” Forsyth said.

 

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