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BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. - The Kitsap Regional Library foundation is raising $18,500 to preserve newspaper stories from the World War II era. Specifically, the library wants to make stories from the Bainbridge Island Review, currently on microfilm, available online.

Bainbridge Island's library branch manager, Rebecca Judd said, it is about preserving the past and providing access.

During World War II, more than 200 Island residents were among Japanese-Americans sent to internment camps, according to Foundation Executive Director Jaime Forsyth. For that reason, the reporting during that time is considered an important part of Bainbridge Island history.

Funds raised will go toward the purchase of a digital scanner. The plan is to make the stories easily searchable on the web. The library foundation is partnering with the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum for this project. Learn more about it here: http://www.krl.org/bainbridgehistory.

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