Experience

Current Exhibits

Bainbridge Island has a robust legacy of protest in all its shapes and guises. Protest is a public action to express disapproval or objection to an action, law, idea, or person.  What does protest look like on the Island? This exhibit highlights a few examples.

Between Fall 2000 and August 2001, more than 2 dozen hate crimes were reported on Bainbridge Island. The Filipino American Community Hall and many Jewish and Japanese graves sites at the Port Blakely Cemetery were vandalized.

To protest these crimes, several Island organizations formed the Bainbridge Island Unity Coalition. They created and distributed an educational pamphlet Stand Against Hate, created a volunteer hate crimes response team, and organized a rally and march in August 2001.

In 1991, students in Eric Hoffman’s 8th grade class at Commodore Middle School spearheaded a march in response to racially-charged acts of vandalism and print materials left at homes on Bainbridge Island.

To protest these hate crimes, the students organized meetings with leaders in the community, planned the march, made signs to advertise the event, and hosted poster parties.

An Island Story

For a small island, Bainbridge has big stories to share. The Japanese American Exclusion in WWII, the most productive sawmill in the world, the mosquito fleet that served 30 small communities, the teen music scene, and the invention of Pickleball are some of the things you are bound to uncover.

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Suquamish Tribe

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Early Exploration

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Logging

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Transportation

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Shipbuilding

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Agriculture

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Wartime

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Japanese American Exclusion