Keeping Our Heritage Alive

We connect the future, through the present, with the past. Since 1948, the North Olympic History Center (formerly Clallam County Historical Society), has been dedicated to keeping the history of the North Olympic Peninsula alive. The Center operates three facilities: a research library, an active artifact collection pertaining to Clallam County, and the historic Lincoln School which is currently being restored.

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Historical Society to Showcase Bridal Gowns

Eve Datisman, Irene Wyman and Kathy Estes get ready for the fashion sho
The Clallam County Historical Society/North Olympic History Center will present “Celebrating 120 Years of Bridal Parties” at its annual fashion show fundraiser on Saturday, May 18. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., and the fashion show starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. The event takes place at the Lincoln Center, 903 West 9th Street, Port Angeles.
The Historical Society has dozens of wedding gowns in its collection, the oldest from 1898 and the most recent from 2003. These gowns, as well as ten others spanning the decades from the 1890s through the 2000s, will be featured. Styles range from simple to extravagant, but all were worn with love by the brides. These gowns are fragile and will be exhibited only on dress forms.
The most historic gown is the wedding suit that belonged to Caroline Jones Rixon, pioneer at Fairholme at the west end of Lake Crescent, and the namesake of Mount Carrie in the Olympics. Caroline and Theodore Rixon, government timber cruiser, surveyor and long-time Clallam County engineer, were married in 1899; the suit was donated by their granddaughter.
Exhibits will showcase both what the bride and groom would wear the day of the wedding and gifts that might be in the bride’s hope chest.
Ticket prices are $20 for Historical Society members and $25 for non-members. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available through the Society’s office. Light refreshments will be provided by Chestnut Cottage. There will be a number of raffle baskets available, including a silk painting donated by Karen Sistek. 
For further information, please call the Society office at 360-452-2662 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Hands on History Students Awarded $2500 in Scholarships

2019 scholarship recipientsFrom left: Celbie Karjaleinen (with glasses), Peter Zalenka (red plaid shirt), Aiden Gale (gray plaid shirt)

Three students in the 2019 Hands on History program of the North Olympic History Center were awarded a total of $2500 for their research projects, written papers and displays. To win scholarships, students were evaluated on thier research, written papers, displays and presentations by a panel of judges.

In the Senior Division, Aiden Gail received $1500 scholarship for his project "When the War Put Clallam County to Work, Spruce Division and Railroad."

In the Junior Division, Peter Zalenka won a $500 scholarship for the project on "Skiing In Olympic National Park." Peter won a scholarship in last years' competition for his project on "Ferries of Lake Crescent."

Also in the Junior Division, Celbie Karjaleinen won a $500 scholarship for her project on "Minerva Troy, Artist."

Below are photos of award winners with their project displays.

Aiden Gale with display

Roger Oakes discusses The Spruce Division Railroad with Aiden Gail

                            Peter Zalenka with display

                                                    Peter Zalenka stands by his display about the history of skiing in Olympic National Park

                                                   Celbie Karjaleinen with group

                                                              Celbie Karjaleinen tells a group about the importance of Minerva Troy as an artist in our community


Your Historical Society Connects You

Your Historical Society connects you:

  • To the rich history of Clallam County with educational programs like History Tales and other events
  • Honors personal histories by collecting, preserving, and sharing
  • Makes history a family affair with the Hands on History Program for students in grades 6 - 12
  • Helps you find the answers to your questions with a staffed Research Library
  • Makes history accessible with programs featuring the collectoin's artifacts

Join us and get connected!