Keeping Our Heritage Alive

Since 1948, the Clallam County Historical Society has been dedicated to keeping the history of the north Olympic Peninsula alive. The Society actively collects artifacts pertaining to Clallam County, operates a research library, is currently restoring the historic school building shown above, and tells the story of our county in the exhibits at The Museum at the Carnegie.


Dungeness Wildlife Refuge Centennial

Subject: The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge’s 100th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration and History Presentation 

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On January 20, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed Executive Order 2123 establishing the Dungeness Spit Reservation “. . . as a refuge, preserve and breeding ground for native birds”. On January 17, 2015, the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate its 100th Anniversary with an illustrated presentation on the history of the Refuge by the Refuge’s Historian, Dr. John Maxwell, and the Refuge’s Manager, Jennifer Brown-Scott.The celebration will include cake, punch, displays and a visit by Theodore and Edith Roosevelt. 

The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

Additional events celebrating the Refuge’s first 100 years will be held throughout 2015.  Scheduled activities include bird walks, geology walks, and presentations by the New Dungeness Light Station Association and the Coastal Watershed Institute.  There will also be a Kids’ Day in June at the Refuge with many hands-on activities.

Visit:  for schedules and additional information on the many events planned for the year-long celebration. 

For more information please call the Refuge office at 360-457-8451 or send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas.  It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations.  The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. 

The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations.


Museum at the Carnegie book sale

The McLaughlin exhibit at the Museum at the Carnegie will be available for viewing for only a two more weeks. The Museum will close for the winter after Saturday, December 20. The current schedule is Wednesday through Saturday from 1-4 p.m. The Museum is located at 207 South Lincoln Street, Port Angeles.

The Books Plus store will offer a 20 percent discount on its entire stock—just in time for those last minute Christmas gifts.

The Museum will re-open in March, and a new exhibit celebrating the Coast Guard will open in April.

For further information, please call the Society’s office at 360-452-2662 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Museum at the Carnegie

The Museum at the Carnegie is open with regular days and hours of operation: Wednesday through Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The museum is located at 207 S. Lincoln Street in Port Angeles, just north of the Clallam County Courthouse.

Parking is available on the street in front of the museum and in the lot just to the north. Parking for the disabled is available at the rear of the building.

Admission is by donation. 

Questions? Call the museum at (360) 452-6779, or the main office at (360) 452-2662.

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If you are on Facebook, look for Clallam County Historical Society. We will post all current events there so that you get up to the minute information. Also, we feature many interesting items such as photos from our historic collections. We have a separate Facebook page strictly related to Clallam County Old Time News:

We hope you will 'Like' us and invite your friends to check us out as well.

Donations are Welcome

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

The Lincoln School Project
The Museum at the Carnegie
Wherever you need it most

Museum at the Carnegie

207 S. Lincoln St.
Port Angeles, WA 98362
(360) 452-6779 (museum)
(360) 452-2662 (main office)
Mail to: P.O.Box 1327