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The Museum's Collection

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.  

Online Collection Database

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.

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Share Your Story: 20th Century Lakewood
We would love to have you join us in adding context to these objects! If you see an object in the online database that you recognize, or a person you know in a photograph, please contact us at CaiLew@Lakewood.org or 303.987.7878 to add more information to the entry.

Red Jacket for Museum collection