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 a research library, an artifact collection, and an active education program pertaining to Clallam County.

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North Olympic History Center Announces New Executive Director

Amy McIntyre photo

Amy McIntyre 

Amy McIntyre has been named executive director of the North Olympic History Center effective Aug. 3.  She succeeds Kathy Estes, who is retiring after 33 years in the job.

The History Center, a nonprofit formerly known as the Clallam County Historical Society, was founded in 1948.  It manages a research library at 931 W. 9th St., an extensive artifact collection and educational programs promoting the North Olympic Peninsula’s history.

McIntyre was selected by the History Center’s board of directors following four months of candidate interviews.

“We are very excited for Amy to lead the center into the next phase of its history, engaging the community and working with our great volunteers,” said John Brewer, the board’s president.  "She's very knowledgeable about our local history, she’s a natural organizer with deep ties across the Peninsula, and she has excellent writing, photo and social media skills."

Said McIntyre: “It’s a dream job and a big job.  “I am thinking about ways to raise the profile of the organization, grow membership and the volunteer team, raise funds, expand collaborations with other nonprofits, continue digitizing the collections to ensure preservation and accessibility, keep integrating the arts into our work, contribute to community resilience and lead with equity and inclusion at the forefront.

“Any work I propose or take on builds on Kathy's steady and visionary leadership and what she, together with the board, the volunteers and past directors have created over the 72 years that the History Center has existed.

“My goal is for every Clallam County resident to see the History Center as an organization they have access to and can be part of.”

Facebook project

McIntyre has been involved in her own personal history project, "Pandemic Sundays", since mid-March.  She takes a series of photos every Sunday for a  Facebook album recording Port Angeles scenes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Her photos include a guitarist playing to an empty outdoor venue, signs in closed stores and a runner taking a selfie after a “virtual” race.  Two of her “Pandemic Sundays” photos will be part of the upcoming “Well+Being” exhibition at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.

McIntyre previously worked as communications coordinator for WSU Clallam County Extension in Port Angeles and at Peninsula College as a program assistant.  In both jobs she was active in developing community partnerships and expanding programs and events.  She served five years as president of the Port Angeles Arts Council and works as a volunteer at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse.

McIntyre holds a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Sciences from the University of Washington and Associate in Arts from Peninsula College.

Born in Seattle, her family moved to Sappho in western Clallam County in the mid-1970s. They moved a few years later closer to Forks to a home on the Sol Duc River.

She graduated from Forks High School in 1989, moved to Seattle in 1991 and returned to the North Olympic Peninsula in 2008.  McIntyre lives in Port Angeles with her 14-year old daughter, Imogen.

Retirement plans

Kathy Estes will work with McIntyre during August. A retirement party for Estes,  contingent on COVID-19 restrictions, is tentatively planned for Aug. 27 or 28.  She plans to travel, spend more time with grandchildren and “add more miles to my daily walks.  I also have a bookcase overflowing with reading material that is calling out to me!”

Estes said "the past 33 years with the North Olympic History Center/Clallam County Historical Society have been wonderful.... I could not ask for a better job. I have had the honor to work with an exceptional group of volunteers; have met so many people in the community through our outreach/educational programs, and have enjoyed visiting with our members.

“I know the new executive director will bring vibrant new ideas to this organization and carry it into the next decades.”

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Research Library closed during Coronavirus threat

Until further notice, the Research Library of the North Olympic History Center will be closed to visitors. However, those who wish to conduct research can contact the center by phone or e-mail. Reduced staffing will continue to respond to research requests as much as possible.

To contact the Research Library:

     Phone: (360) 452-2662 (Please note: earlier we listed our area code incorrectly as 350; the correct area code is 360. Sorry for the inconvenience)

     E-mail: artifact!@olypen.com

Other events sponsored by NOHC may be cancelled or postponed as needed. Details will be posted here.

Thank you for your understanding. Be well!

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Executive Director Kathy Estes to Retire

Kathy Monds 8 Sep 2014

Our Executive Director, Kathy Estes, is planning to retire on August 31, 2020. In her own words, Kathy says:

"The past 33 years with the North Olympic History Center/Clallam County Historical Society have been wonderful. I could not ask for a better job. I have had the honor to work with an exceptional group of volunteers; have met so many people in the community through our outreach/educational programs, and have enjoyed visiting with our members--especially on 'Members Only' night of the garage sale. Everyone has been so supportive, and I will be leaving with the best memories of all who have touched my life over these 3 decades.

The Board of Directors will begin a search for my replacement. I know the new executive director will bring vibrant new ideas to this organization and carry it into the next decades. I also know that you will welcome this new person with the same support you have shown me.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible over the next months, and I am sure I will see you out and about in the years ahead. I am hoping to add more miles to my dail walks!

Thank you for all your friendship, laughter and support."

Kathy Estes

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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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