Historical Commission Resources
Thank you for joining the Lacey Historical Commission. Your service to the City of Lacey is welcomed and appreciated.
The information provided here will guide you in learning more about the Commission, its work and how you can be an active participant.
Left: Deputy Mayor Malcolm Miller and Historical Commissioners at the Lacey Depot Grand Opening Event, 2022
The Historical Commission was created in 1979 in anticipation of the opening of the Lacey Museum. In 1986, the City adopted the historic preservation ordinance to protect historic properties and in 1987, the State of Washington recognized Lacey as a Certified Local Government (CLG).
Responsibilities of a CLG include maintaining a qualified historic preservation commission, surveying local historic properties, enforcing state or local preservation laws, reviewing National Register Nominations, and providing for public participation in historic preservation activities.
Oversight of the Lacey Museum is an important part of the Historical Commission’s duties and responsibilities. The Commission reviews museum policies, planning documents, new acquisitions and deaccessions (removing items from the museum collection). Commissioners are expected to be a community advocate for local history in general and the museum in particular.
The Lacey Museum’s mission statement was approved by the Historical Commission in 2019:
The Museum enriches our community and engages visitors by sharing vibrant stories of the past through the preservation and celebration of Lacey and the South Sound region’s cultural heritage.