The Lacey Museum will soon mount an oral history project to gather information to echo the narrative of marginalized communities and underrepresented cultures and groups.
Museum Coordinator Felicia Rova-Chamroeun said they aim to use the best practice to "decolonize" the way oral history is collected in the museum.
"Through this oral history project, we are looking to begin filling those gaps to include histories and experiences of historically underrepresented cultures and groups throughout Lacey and the South Sound area," said Rova-Chamroeun during the Lacey Commission on Equity meeting on Tuesday, June 26.
"The museum is working towards bringing into light the perspectives of people in different cultural and racial backgrounds as well as the LGBTQIA+ community," she added.
Rova-Chamroeun said the project would increase the number of guests that visit the museum from various backgrounds as the project is one of the means to make the Lacey Museum more representative of the local communities.
"We hope that people will be able to learn from the experiences of others to provide a wider perspective of Lacey and South Sound history," the museum coordinator said.
From June until July this year, staff will identify and search for local community groups qualifying as "narrators" for the project. The team will then reach out to these groups and build a relationship with them in the coming months. Rova-Chamroeun added that they would hire a paid intern to support the project.
Rova-Chamroeun said she hopes they can launch the project by June next year, adding that "building relationships takes time."
Rova-Chamroeun's graduate thesis focused on collecting oral histories from communities facing hardship, trauma, and the diaspora.
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