Research and Resources
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The Lacey Museum and the Olympia Genealogical Society are excited to announce their joint venture to make unique genealogical resources available to the South Sound community.
The two organizations have the common goal of maintaining and developing relevant historical resources for the public to research information on their families and local histories. “Although we have many wonderful online resources these days,” said Museum Curator Erin Quinn Valcho, “less than 5 percent of the genealogical resources are available online. Plus, many are behind a pay wall, which can make them inaccessible for some people.”
Researchers will now have access to the Olympia Genealogical Society’s collection of over 1,700 volumes at Lacey City Hall. “The Olympia Genealogical Society is pleased to have a new home for our book collection, which includes genealogy books from across the United States and around the world,” said Nancy Neville Cordell, Past President of the Olympia Genealogical Society.
To view the collection catalog, visit the Olympia Genealogical Society's collection catalog at LibraryThing. To set up an appointment to access the collection, contact Museum Curator, Erin Quinn Valcho at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Olympia Genealogical Society, including how to become a member, visit olygensoc.org. For more information on the Lacey Museum, or to access the collection, call the Lacey Parks and Recreation Department at (360) 491-0857.
The Lacey Museum has a vast collection of images, documents, and artifacts related to Lacey history as well as the surrounding areas.
Here are some examples of the types of material we have:
- Genealogy records
- Photos of families, events, organizations, and locations in Lacey and the surrounding areas
- Lacey Leader newspaper and image archive
- Research files
- Historic property files
- Yearbooks & School Records
- School class photos & records
- Historic artifacts related to Lacey area history
- Newspaper clipping files
Ways to Access the Museum Collection
Online: We have just started to digitize our collections! A small portion of our collection is now online. You can also view an overview of Lacey's history and the history of the Lacey City Council online.
Research Files: Check out our research file index, which includes a variety of topics such as people, businesses, schools, and much more.
Museum Resources: See a more detailed account of what’s in the museum collection here.
Need Help? If you didn’t find what you were looking for, museum staff can help you when you request an appointment.
Making an Appointment for Access
We look forward to helping you learn more about Lacey’s history!
Since we do not yet have a dedicated research or study room, typically appointments have to be made outside of museum hours or at another location. Scheduling is dependent on staff workload and time. Appointment times are not available on the weekends.
Most of our collections are not at the museum. This means that your request may require more than one visit or may occur at another City of Lacey location.
If we are helping you conduct a search on our collections, that will impact how soon we can schedule your appointment.
Copying & Photo Services
Copying & photo reproduction requests are subject to City of Lacey policy as well as Washington State law. Most standard copies are .15 cents each.
To order a copy or photograph, please contact the Museum Curator by email at email@example.com or by phone at 360-413-3557.