Inspired by the success of Peham's own Kate Douglas in qualifying for the 2020 (2021) U.S. Olympic Team, the Town Historian embarked on a research project to identify past Pelham Olympians and, in some cases, to track down their descendants and obtain never-before published information and photographs. Here's the story of the twelve identified Pelhamite Olympians.
The Work of Mitsu Nakayama
Pelham in 1934, like the rest of the country, was in the throws of the Great Depression. Yet the pages of the PMHS Pelican yearbook that year contain a series of unifying artwork, signed by “M. Nakayama,” that conveys a sense of optimism for the future. As we come to the end of a month reflecting on the contributions of Americans of Asian Pacific heritage, here is the story of that artist and her family’s life and contributions in Pelham.