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Lafayette Historical Society
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549
The Lafayette Historical Society was established in 1973 and is housed in the Lafayette Library and LearningMore Center. The society features historic items such as Elam Brown’s lantern, arrowheads and a restored 1920s Model TT fire truck. Lafayette Historical Society has an archive of nearly 2,000 historical photographs, news clippings, oral histories and documents. Workstations, desks and wireless connectivity are available for researchers. Throughout the year the non-profit organization hosts lectures and outings to local historic sites. The entrance is located on Golden Gate Way.
Assistance League Way Side Inn Thrift Shop
3521 Golden Gate Way, Lafayette, CA 94549

In 1978 the Asssistance League of Diablo Valley, a nonprofit volunteer group committed to improving the lives ofMore Contra Costa County residents in need, purchased the historic Way Side Inn in central Lafayette for use as a thrift shop. In 1980 a costume rental section was added and, despite a fire that put them out of business briefly that year, the Way Side Inn thrift store thrives to this day, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Assistance League each year.

The league recently celebrated the Centennial Anniversary of the Way Side Inn with an open house, and though the costume rental business has been discontinued, the store remains a popular hunting ground for local bargain hunters. Money, the store raises goes directly into the Assistance League fund and is used to help county residents in need.