Get involved! Civic engagement exhibit in Lakewood

Published on March 13, 2024

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Discover how making a difference in the quality of life in our communities has evolved over the past century by visiting a new exhibition at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, “Get Involved: Civic Engagement in Lakewood,” which is open through Dec.1.

Lakewood has a rich history of community involvement.  During Lakewood’s history, residents got involved with local schools, agricultural organizations, outdoor youth movements and other special interest groups. While some groups were chapters of larger national or even international organizations, others were unique to Lakewood, and many of these beloved groups continue to thrive today.

  • Westernaires has provided training in western riding, precision drills and horse care for over 70 years and is now based at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
  • In 1937, Lakewood-Mountair Volunteer Firefighters relied on the support of donations of land, building materials, labor and even funds for the fire truck to create protection for nearby neighborhoods.
  • The Lakewood Historical Society is responsible for saving some of the buildings that now make up Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park.

One way residents get involved is through political organizations, and the “Get Involved” exhibit features political memorabilia including posters, pins and pamphlets collected from local and national campaigns from 1896 to the current 2024 campaign. These items were loaned by members of the local chapter of the American Political Items Collectors (APIC), a group that has grown to 2,000 members nationwide. American political memorabilia began with support for George Washington, and it has not only advertised one’s favorite candidate but also left a vast amount of tangible political history for future generations to enjoy.

Civic engagement involves working to make a difference in the quality of life of the place you live. To get involved in the City of Lakewood, visit the exhibit at Heritage Lakewood to gather more information about local organizations or check online at Lakewood.org/Volunteer to find additional opportunities in Lakewood including giving history tours, ushering in the theater, or supporting parks and recreation programs.

Uncover more Lakewood history at “Lakewood: A 20th Century Journey,” on display in the permanent exhibit gallery and at “Engaging with History,” posted in the historic outbuilding windows. Admission to all exhibitions is free! Get more information at Lakewood.org/Exhibitions.

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Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park

801 S. Yarrow St, Lakewood, 80226

303-987-7850

Lakewood.org/HeritageCenter

Visitor Center and Museum Hours: Tues.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Allysen Santilli | Marketing and Promotions Supervisor | AllSan@Lakewood.org |303-987-7856.