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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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!

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

Thank you for your understanding. Be well!


North Olympic History Center seeks applicants for position of Executive Director

Founded in 1948, the North Olympic History Center (formerly the Clallam County Historical Society) in Port Angeles, WA, seeks a full-time executive director to manage its administration and daily operations. This includes financial, collections, personnel management of volunteers, community relations, fundraising and programs. This person must accept the vision, mission, and core values of the History Center and must have a thorough understanding of the center’s services and functions.

The center operates a research library, actively collects artifacts that help tell the story of Washington state’s North Olympic Peninsula, oversees a “Hands on History” program that works with elementary, middle and high school students, and provides public programs.

The Executive Director reports to the center’s board of directors. Yearly salary: $48,000 (40-hour week). EOE.

Learn more here:  pdfWhat does an executive director of the North Olympic History Center do all day?

Submit a resume and materials to Kathy Estes, the center’s retiring executive director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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


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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