BCRA rendering shows how the Mueller-Harkins hangar on the Clover Park Technical College campus might look as a Lakewood Historical Society Museum.
After 10 years of effort, the Lakewood Historical Society is ready to celebrate a decade of progress and formally announce the selection of a permanent home for its museum.
Becky Huber, Society president, said plans are underway for a community-wide event Oct. 16 at the McGavick Center on the Clover Park Technical College campus. Coincidently, the new home for the museum will be the historic Mueller ‚Äì Harkins hangar building on the college campus.
In the 10 years since the organization came into existence a storefront museum has been opened in Lakewood Colonial Center, monthly programs on the area‚Äôs history have been presented, a website was created and association membership has grown.
Earlier this year the society decided to create a permanent museum in an historic hangar building on the Clover Park Technical College campus. The hangar is conveniently located adjacent to Steilacoom Boulevard, contains 13,000 square feet available for display and meeting space and has a solid historical background in the community. The college‚Äôs site at one time was home to an airport and also a nationally – known auto racetrack. BCRA, a Tacoma architectural and engineering firm, has prepared schematics of how the hangar will appear as an exciting and innovative venue to showcase Lakewood‚Äôs history. The drawings and layouts will be on display at the Oct. 16 event.
The celebration will include special recognition of charter members, book signing of ‚ÄúImages of America: Lakewood‚Äù by Walter Neary and Steve Dunkelberger, and slides showcasing Lakewood historical sites and Society membership activities, according to Huber. The public is invited to the free event which will get underway at 7 pm.
Additional information is available by contacting Huber at 253-582-8682 or online at www.lakewoodhistorical.org