The Lakewood Historical Society will debut the Museum’s new exhibit, “Home of the Free Because of the Brave: Lakewood’s Military Neighbors” on Saturday, May 3rd with a Ribbon Cutting at 1 pm by LTG (Ret) Bill Harrison. The display will be available for viewing until May 2015 during regular Museum hours, Wednesday-Saturday, 12 Noon-4 pm.
There has been an American military presence in the Lakewood area since the 1840’s with Ft. Steilacoom. The decision to open Camp Lewis in 1917 made the military presence permanent. The major part of the displays will highlight the early years and the more recent partnership of Joint Base Lewis McChord with the City of Lakewood. It will also cover the history of McChord Field and Camp Murray whose borders adjoin Lakewood.
As a part of the new exhibit the Society will honor our local veterans and active duty with a photo display during May and June. This includes veterans from all branches of service who have lived in the Lakewood/Pierce County area or were assigned to one of the military bases in Western Washington. If you have a photo you would like displayed please visit Society’s website, www.lakewoodhistorical.org or call 253-682-3480 for more details.
Don’t miss the debut of the new Lakewood history book written by Steve Dunkelberger and Walter Neary, Legendary Locals of Lakewood, just released by Arcadia Publishing. They will be on hand for a book signing from Noon to 2 pm. If you buy your book at the museum that day you will receive a 10% discount! The books will continue to be available later at the regular price. Proceeds from the book sales go towards support of Museum operations.
Refreshments served will include donuts from Lakewood’s iconic House of Donuts, in operation for 55 years.