What We Collect
Lakewood Heritage Center is home to more than 30,000 historical objects and more than 3,000 historical photographs. These artifacts and photographs tell the story of the City of Lakewood, Jefferson County and Colorado and national and world events as they relate to Lakewood residents. These artifacts cover, but are not limited to, the history of 20th century business and technology, textiles and personal artifacts, toys, military life, domestic life and material culture.
20th Century Collections
The 20th century spans decades of unique history and major social change in the United States and the world. The collection includes many items relevant to al Americans. Artifacts such as a LIFE® Magazine linked us to the social and political events of the time while May Bonfils-Stanton’s dishes give a glimpse into her life. These unique collections allow visitors to walk down memory lane, look back at their childhood and reminisce about what life was like during the 20th century.
Why We Collect
The artifacts housed at the Heritage Center are a link to our past. We collect these artifacts to preserve, study and interpret the past. By examining these artifacts, we can discover information about our past and our place in history. These artifacts give evidence of what people did, how events unfolded and what people thought.
Access the database to view “50 Objects for Lakewood’s 50th Anniversary,” a selection of objects from the permanent collection that are significant to Lakewood history and relate to the museum’s interpretive themes. This project kicks off a larger digitization effort, for which staff will be adding additional artifacts to the online database every month during 2019.