NORTH OLYMPIC HISTORY CENTER

 

We connect the future, through the present, with the past. Since 1948, the North Olympic History Center, formerly the Clallam County Historical Society, has been dedicated to keeping the history of the North Olympic Peninsula alive. The NOHC manages a research library, an artifact collection, and an education program.

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NOHC "Cloud Project"

The North Olympic History Center has undertaken what we refer to as the "Cloud Project."

Until now, researchers have had to come to the NOHC Research Library, or correspond to have questions on local history answered. The artifact collection was accessible only to those willing to make special arrangements. The Cloud Project will. over time, put our collection on-line. The public will be able to search various categories to find items of interest. In this way, the collection will be accessible to anyone with access to the internet.

The project will include purchase of new computer software, hardware and services. Since 2012, NOHC has used Past Perfect museum software to catelog the archival collection of approximately 13,000 records. The Cloud Project will include several phases, including cleaning up the existing database, moving to a format that is web-based, and ultimately provide on-line access to reseachers. Eventually, the on-line collection can be used to develop exhibits for a virtual museum.

An additional and equally important part of the project will be the addition of documents into the database. The entire project will be well under way within the next year, but will continue indefinitely.

As the project develops, we will be recruiting volunteers to perform most of the work. If you would like more information, contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 360-452-2662.

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NOHC Lecture Series: North Olympic Voices

The North Olympic History Center, formerly the Clallam County Historical Society, will present North Olympic Voices, a monthly arts and lecture series to replace the nonprofit’s History Tales talks. The year-long educational program will feature speakers in conversation on local topics in arts, sciences, and civics to celebrate and enrich life in Clallam County.

June’s presentation will be given by David Brownell, tribal preservationist for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and North Olympic History Center board member, on June 13 at 2:00 pm. Brownell will also speak in  August, October, and December. The intervening months’ speakers and topics will be announced.

North Olympic Voices will be livestreamed until further notice on the second Sunday of each month from 2:00 to 3:00 pm by clicking this link. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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COVID-19 Update

As of Wednesday, May 19, 2021, the NOHC Research Library is beginning to open for visitors! We request that you wear a mask during your visit. Contact the center to ensure that staff will be present upon your arrival

Research requests can be made by sendin an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by calling the center at 360-452-2662.

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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! 

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Shop AmazonSmile and Support Local History

When you buy from AmazonSmile, 0.5% of every purchase is contributed to the charitable organization of your choice. It's easy and costs you nothing. Just use smile.amazon.com when you shop (instead of amazon.com) and select North Olympic History Center as the organization you will support.

We encourage you to always shop local first!

North Olympic History Center (formerly Clallam County Historical Society) is a 501(c)(3) organization. By selecting North Olympic History Center through AmazonSmile, you will support programs that preserve and teach local history.

Thank you!

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