What is the Governor Gary Locke Library & Community Heritage Center?
The Governor Gary Locke Library & Community Heritage Center (GGLL-CHC) is a new initiative to spark preservation efforts among Asian Pacific American communities in the Pacific Northwest and increase access to a wealth of historic resource materials.
The GGLL-CHC will encompasses the Museum's collection of artifacts, archives, photographs, oral histories, video histories, books and reference materials. The GGLL-CHC transcends the formal boundaries of traditional museum collections and libraries by richly combining the two. Rather than having a separate collection, artifacts of material culture are incorporated with oral, printed and visual records.
The GGLL-CHC provides equal access to all of the Museum's resources through a digital database available at the Museum in the library and through a version of the database on our Museum website.
Importantly, development of the GGLL-CHC means increased, directed efforts to preserve the rich heritage of Asian Pacific Americans in the Pacific Northwest, and increased access to those materials by community members, museum visitors, researchers, and students.