New donations accepted for museum in Lacey, one folder giving a peek into growth in the 1960’s


The Lacey Historical Commission recently approved acquisitions for the Lacey Museum and Cultural Center.

During Wednesday, March 20 meeting, the commission approved all the recommendations from the city’s Museum Curator, Erin Quinn Valcho. Valcho’s recommendations were presented by Lacey’s Parks and Recreation Director, Jennifer Burbidge, on her behalf.

Among the museum’s permanent collections' notable acquisitions is a folder of ephemera donated by Bev and Charles Lord.

The contents, which belonged to Helen Johnson, a resident of the Thompson Place and Tanglewilde neighborhoods, offer valuable insights into the development of these areas during the housing boom of the 1960s.

The materials provide a compelling narrative of Lacey's urban growth, filling a crucial gap related to these neighborhoods in the museum's collection.

In addition, the Lacey Parks, Culture, and Recreation Department contributed photographs, slides, digital images, and documents related to the city's parks and recreational activities.

These items, soon to be incorporated into the museum's collections, provide valuable context for understanding Lacey's culture over time.

In accordance with LMC 2.4.050, the Historical Commission, in collaboration with the Museum Curator, oversees the acceptance of property gifts for historical purposes.

Commissioners are tasked with evaluating the compatibility of the items with the museum's mission and acquisitions policy, as well as their potential for display and research purposes.


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