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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History Tales To Resume on October 7, 2018

The North Olympic History Center's History Tales Lecture Series will resume for the 2018-2019 season on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Peggy Norris will explore the life of Andrew Carnegie at the First United Methodist Church, 110 East 7th Street, Port Angeles. The program will be held in the social hall; parking and entry are on Laurel Street.

Norris will talk about how Andrew Carnegie went from a poor bobbin boy to the richest man in the world. Why did he devote his life and money to funding community library buildings? Why is our Port Angeles Carnegie Library building unique, and why did it take over 15 years to get funding for the building? Where is the Battleship in the library? What do K.O. Erickson and the WPA have to do with the building? These are just a few of the questions Norris will address in her talk.

Peggy Norris grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon. She graduated from Pacific University with a BA in Political Science and then received her Masters in Librarianship from the University of British Columbia. Her career as a reference librarian has taken her to the University of Oregon, the Dallas Public Library and the North Olympic Library System. After retirement, she dedicated her life to that of a volunteer; she received a Community Service Award in 2015. She continues to volunteer for the Historical Society, her Kiwanis club, and Angelcrest Gardens. She enjoys walking, reading and knitting. During the various holiday seasons, you might notice some of her scarves decorating Bob Stokes’ metal sculptures on Laurel Street.

History Tales is free and open to the public. For further information, please call the Clallam County Historical Society’s office at 360-452-2662 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Hands On History: 2018 Student Presentations

Students Teach the Community About Clallam County History

2018 HOH Student Participants

Scroll down to learn more about these students and read their research papers.

2018 Hands On History program participants standing at the reception counter at the History Center Research Library, from left to right: Peter Zelenka, 6th grade; Emaleigh Smith, 8th grade; Maizie Tucker, 9th grade; Raven Taylor, 9th grade; Talia Anderson, 9th grade; Abby Sanders, 9th grade. Not pictured: Cecilia Elana Estrada, 9th grade.

Seven 6th- to 11th-grade students made presentations of their papers on Clallam County history at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Lincoln Center (formerly the Skills Center), 905 W. 9th St., Port Angeles. The presentation event is part of the center's monthly History Tales program.

The event, sponsored by North Olympic History Center, was the culmination of the first year of the “Hands on History” program, in which Clallam County students were asked to submit papers about the county’s history along with a visual display about their subjects.

“The purpose of the program is to educate our citizens about the vivid history of Clallam County,” said Patrick Noonan, the center’s education chair.  “Virtually none of us has had a course in county history and our kids are stepping up to correct that.”

The papers presented were: “The Ferries of Lake Crescent” by Peter Zelenka; “The Manis Mastodon Site” by Raven Taylor; “Scandinavian Settlement at Lake Ozette” by Emaleigh Smith; “Minerva Troy” by Cecilia Estrada Elena; “Unleashing the Beast: The Elwha River Restoration Project” by Talia Anderson, Abby Sanders and Maize Tucker.

After opening remarks, the audience met with students to discuss their papers and displays. Judges in the audience, graded the students’ work.  Results and scholarships are as follows:

Cecilia Estrada Elana Minerva Troy

Cecilia Estrada Elana, Senior Division, $1500 Scholarship for project on Minerva Troy

Peter Zalenka Lk Crescent Ferries

  Peter Zelenka, Junior Division, $500 Scholarship for his project on Lake Crescent Ferries

Maizie Tucker Abby Sanders Talia Anderson Elwha Dams

Maizie Tucker, Abby Sanders, Talia Anderson, Junior Division, share a $500 Scholarship for their Elwha Dam Project

Raven Tayolr Manis Mastadon

Emaleigh Smith Lk Ozette 2

Raven Taylor (above) and Emaleigh Smith were each awarded a commendation and a $75 gift cerrtificate to Port Book & News

“This is the first year for Hands on History,” said Noonan. “We plan to repeat the event annually with new topics and more students.  We encourage county residents to come out, learn from the kids and support this exciting new program,” he added.

The papers that these students presented were not graded in school, and as presented below are unedited. We are extremely proud of these young people for their hard work, and for their interest in keeping our local history alive!  Follow the links below to read the papers presented by these students.

pdfLake Crescent Ferries, Peter Zalenka.pdf

pdfLake Ozette, by Emaleigh Smith

pdfMinerva Troy, byCecilia Estrada Elena.pdf

pdfThe_Manis Mastodon Site, Raven Taylor.pdf

pdfUnleashing the Beast, Talia Anderson, Abby Sanders, anclad Maizie Tucker.pdf

As part of their research project and presentation "Unleashing the Beast - The Elwha River Restoration Project", Talia Anderson, Abby Sanders and Maizie Tucker also produced a video which can be seen here: The Elwha: A Fight for Cultural and Scientific Rights


Your Donations Help Preserve Our History

You can help to provide the opportunity for someone to conduct research into our local history, have a 'hands-on' experience with documents and artifacts, or give a student incentive to research and teach our history.

I would like to make a special donation to the North Olympic History Center to help in preserving our Clallam County history. Please use my tax deductible gift of $ for:

Artifact Storage
Research Library
Building Fund
Wherever Needed