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November 25, 2023 By: Rachel Farley
November update
We are getting very close to securing space for our library collection - stay tuned!
October 30, 2023 By: Rachel Farley
Board minutes have updates...
If you are an HQRL member, you can read the latest updates in the Board minutes, and Management Team minutes, that are posted in our members only access portion of the website. You will read about the many site visits to try to rent space, what some of the pitfalls have been and progress for our organization. There are many people working to get us back on our feet with a brick and mortar space. {Donations are always welcome too.}
September 29, 2023 By: Rachel Farley
Looking for space - Jo-Anne Huber
It's been eleven months since the downtown Sumner fire that transformed HQRL from its storefront to a virtual organization. Since then we have been very active with real estate agents trying to locate a space suitable for our 16,000 book collection, tall shelving and computers. We left the 2400 square foot facility with the contents getting cleaned and going into storage. Now we need to fit into space that we can afford. Do you know of anything that is ADA compliant, seismic suitable, and costs $2/sq. ft? Please give us a call at 253-863-1806.
We also will gladly accept donations at hqrl.com - see DONATE button.  thank you.
September 21, 2023 By: Rachel Farley
Director's Update - Jo-Anne Huber
We are still looking for a new space for the library. The search committee has been doing some research into spaces that have been recommended. The rental rates are still above our budget so far...  let us know if you come across something we should investigate.
September 1, 2023 By: Rachel Farley
Donate to GoFundMe site to support HQRL
We are working to find a new brick and mortar space and with your donations we can secure a long term lease. Click here.
Further details in latest HQRL newsletter.
June 3, 2023 By: Rachel Farley
Director's Update - Jo-Anne Huber
The Management Team is working to solicit support from our members. First and foremost, we need the participation of our members more than ever. We are in the process of putting together a couple of gatherings that we can use to listen to the needs, concerns, and directions our members want us to go. After all, this is your genealogy library.
The first brainstorming session will be held at the Sumner Public Library on Thursday, June 8, 2023, in the meeting room from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. We need your ideas and commitment. Please join us for this worthwhile opportunity.
The second will be a pot-luck picnic at Loyalty Park, 1400 Park Street, Sumner, WA , 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM., Friday, July 21, 2023.HQRL will provide the hot dogs and buns. Let’s gather, celebrate being together, brainstorm a clear future and move forward.
We hope you will join us in these efforts to keep HQRL alive and well.
Sincerely,  Jo-Anne Huber
April 9, 2023 By: Rachel Farley
Update from Jo-Anne Huber, Director
    As many of you know on October 28th, 2022, we experienced an arson fire just behind our building.  (see photos) Thank goodness the fire department responded quickly and were able to get the fire knocked down. The building next door was not so lucky.  If you happen to drive down Main Street in Sumner, you will see a big hole where the Stuck Junction Restaurant and Lounge used to be.  We made it through with only smoke damage and have had the books cleaned and stored. The information we are receiving from the building owner indicates that it will be some time before we can get back into the building.  They are working with the city of Sumner to make progress to re-open but are realistically looking to the end of the year.  What does all this mean for Heritage Quest Research Library?       We are working hard to move forward. The Management Team (daily processes) and the Board of Trustees have met and discussed several scenarios and options for that forward motion.  We have viewed several different sites from Auburn to Orting to Puyallup and are finding available locations to be very few. However, the library crew and the teams are still engaged in the service we provide. Our classes are still being scheduled and attended by many of you. Our members have access to My Heritage and Ancestry from home. But we still need you.       Your continued support of HQRL by logging into your account and accessing Ancestry and My Heritage helps us tremendously. Signing up for a class or two and taking the opportunity to give us feedback will help us in our quest to continue to be a premier genealogy resource. If you are not a member, now would be a great time to do so.      If you are aware of a space that might fit our needs, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We are constantly on the lookout, but we can't be everywhere. You can reach us at research@hqrl.com or leave a message at 253-863-1806 on our cell phone. Sincerest regards, Heritage Quest Research Library
January 24, 2023 By: Rachel Farley
2023 Class Schedule
Show your support for HQRL by signing up for a Zoom class while we look for a new bricks and mortar building after the fire. This Save the Date schedule is possible because of the hard work of our Education Coordinator, Heidi Giese. see flyer
January 24, 2023 By: Rachel Farley
Amazon Smile going away...
February 20, 2023 is the date that Amazon will be discontinuing the Amazon Smile program.  If you have items at Amazon that you are thinking about ordering please do so by the 2/20/23 date to get us your donation. Every little bit helps and it's too bad that this program is being terminated. (As 12/20/22 Amazon Smile had donated $941.50 to HQRL)
December 10, 2022 By: Rachel Farley
Update from Jo-Anne Huber, Director

Good News!  We're Still Here!

December 10, 2022:  We are happy to announce that while the library has received damage from the fire and the entire contents are out for cleaning, we are still here.  

Many of you have been following us through personal connections, phone calls, connections with some of the library volunteers or the latest newsletter.  We wanted everyone to know that we are still a viable genealogical resource and that we have not given up. The library space at 1007 Main Street in Sumner Washington has been given over to the building owner from whom we rented the unit.  They will be doing extensive repairs to the space due to the fire next door.  Those repairs may take as long as a year.  What that means for us, is that we are now tasked with finding another space for our library and bookstore. You can help us in that endeavor by keeping an eye on what's happening in your neighborhood.  We will continue to keep you informed as we move forward in our search for a new home.  We will continue to offer ZOOM classes on a monthly basis.  Our Beginning Genealogy "A" class will be held on January 5, 2023, and on January 19, 2023, Caron Prima-Brennan will speak on "Where Did I Put Great-Grampa? Organizing for Genealogists".  We hope you will continue to follow us through our webpage at www.hqrl.com or by email at research@hqrl.com. You can also find us on Facebook.   At the beginning of October, we celebrated our 40th anniversary and we certainly hope to celebrate 40 more.