Keeping Our Heritage Alive

We connect the future, through the present, with the past. Since 1948, the North Olympic History Centrer (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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North Olympic History Center

Lincoln600x203Lincoln School -- corner of West 8th and 'C' Streets in Port Angeles

Hands On History is a new educational outreach program of the North Olympic History Center aimed at students and families.

From its beginnings in 1948, the goal of the North Olympic History Center (formerly the Clallam County Historical Society), has been to preserve and interpret the historical record of our area and the people who shaped its development. We do this through our:

  • Archives containing countless items directly related to the history of Clallam County (do you have something to contribute?),
  • Research Library, 
  • History Tales lecture series, free and open to the public (see menu item above),
  • Program presentations to groups,
  • 'Strait History' newsletter.

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone (360) 452-2662 for more information.

The NOHC's Research Library, Artifact Storage Facility and Administrative Offices are located on the southeast corner of West 8th and "C" Streets in Port Angeles.  If you are driving, turn south onto "B" Street (toward the mountains) off of 8th Street, then west/left onto 9th Street. Parking is in the gravel lot just south of the old school building. Lincoln School is also accessible by Clallam Transit, Cherry Hill Bus #24. Call the library at (360) 452-2662.

The Research Library is the home of our document collection containing 10,000 photographs, books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, oral histories, and vertical file material. The Research Library is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. 

The artifact collection covers all aspects of Clallam County’s history and contains an incredible variety of objects too broad to describe. The artifact collection is open for public viewing on special occasions and by appointment. Please call or e-mail with quetions. Phone: (360) 452-2662; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




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