The Lakewood Historical Society has received a $5,000 gift from a local donor to help finance the operations of the Society and its museum, located at 6211 Mt. Tacoma Drive in the historic Lakewood Colonial Center. The donor prefers to remain anonymous.
The contribution, one of the largest ever received by the Society, will be utilized for day-to-day operations required to keep the museum operating, creation of new displays as well as organize and catalogue the historical collection that continues to grow, according to President Becky Huber.
The Society opened the Lakewood History Museum in 2006 and is working on developing a larger, permanent museum in the former Mueller-Harkins Hangar building on the Clover Park Technical College campus on Steilacoom Boulevard in Lakewood. In the early 1920s, the college site housed an auto racetrack. More recently the property held an airport, flight school and subsequently a US Navy supply depot.
In addition to operating the museum, the Lakewood Historical Society produces monthly programs featuring a variety of historical subjects. The next program will take place at the Lakewood Library on Tuesday, January 19 at 7 pm. Dick Blumenthal will do a presentation about an 1838 US exploration expedition of the Puget Sound area led by Lt. Charles Wilkes. In February, Steilacoom historian, Nancy Covert will speak about the history of early area newspapers, including the Lakewood Log and The Suburban Times.
The monthly programs are open to the public and free, according to Huber, although donations are gratefully accepted. The museum is open 12-4 pm, Wednesday through Saturday. For more information about the Society and museum: www.lakewoodhistorical.org