The Lacey Museum has a wealth of information, artifacts and photographs that we can make available for researchers. Although the main focus is Lacey, some items are related to Olympia, Tumwater, South Bay and other areas of the South Sound region.
City of Lacey Historical Collection: Photographs, documents, scrapbooks, and memorabilia related to the City of Lacey, City Officials and its various departments.
Olympia Genealogical Society Collection (OGS): The Lacey Museum holds the 1700-volume collection of genealogical resources from across the United States and around the world. View the OGS collection catalog at LibraryThing.com.
Lacey School and other school collections: Lacey Museum holds a wide variety of photographs, documents, yearbooks, and memorabilia from public and private schools in and around the Lacey area.
Historic Properties: Historic property inventory forms, historic photos of properties in Lacey, abstracts of title, maps and other resources are available to property researchers.
Family Collections: Geneaologies, letters, photographs, personal and business records, and artifacts from clothing to household goods and more. Some of the family collections include:
- Porteous /Huntamer
KGY Collection: artifacts, documents and photographs related to KGY radio station during its time at Saint Martin’s College campus and when it was located in downtown Olympia.
Lacey Fire District #3 Collection: Scrapbooks, uniforms, firefighting gear, photographs, records, and memorabilia related to the fire district, the first governmental body in the Lacey area.
Lacey Leader Collection: Bound volumes and microfilm of the entire run of Lacey’s only newspaper (1967-1981), some loose newspapers plus negatives and contact prints. Images include items published in the newspaper and those not selected for publication. Courtesy of Ken Balsley.
Ken Balsley Collection: includes files, photographs, recordings, reporter notebooks, scripts and periodicals related to Ken’s work in the community. Topics include KGY, Lacey Leader, reporting, Lacey Area Chamber of Commerce, and numerous community organizations, projects, and events.
Thurston County School Retirees Association Collection: Records, photographs, scrapbooks, and ephemera related to this important local organization. (Link to finding aid.)
Plus a lot more! This is not a comprehensive list of everything in the museum’s holdings. Please contact museum staff through the Research Request form below if you are not finding what you are looking for.