Welcome to the 1940s

We're excited to share fun local history from Bainbridge in the 1940s.

Scroll down for your daily playlist, recipe, oral histories, family fun activities and more!

Recipe of the Decade

This decade's recipe is Sunbeam Victory Cake. You can view the recipe here, and follow along in this fun video:

1940s Playlist

Oral Histories


Lilly Kodama discusses Fletcher Bay in the 1940s and 1950s:

Gina Corpuz discusses The Indipino Community on Bainbridge Island in the 1940s:


Volunteer Spotlight

Kay Sakai Nakao

We remember and celebrate Kay Sakai Nakao, one of our longtime Museum volunteers and History Heroes who recently passed away at the age of 100. Kay was a life-long learner and a dedicated Teacher Docent here at the Museum. Over the years, she spoke with countless tour groups from all over the world sharing her experience.


In 1942, Kay was one of 227 Japanese Americans forcibly removed from their homes by the U.S. Army. Her story is central to Bainbridge Island History and she repeatedly shared her experiences with others willingly and with grace, humility, and humor.

Click here to listen to Kay's experience.

Jill Onewein

What’s your favorite Bainbridge Island Story?


Definitely the Yama dig. It captured my imagination—unearthing so much history in our own back yard. It was one of the most exciting things the Museum took on because it exists right now, but has such strong ties to the past and the origin of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community on Bainbridge.

Dick Shryock

How did you get involved volunteering with the Museum?


A good friend of mine was a docent at the Museum and really enjoyed it. He and I were classmates together at BHS ’49. I decided to team up with him and start volunteering. It’s been a lot of fun ever since!

Family Fun


Hats off to History is a fundraiser for the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum