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We connect the future, through the present, with the past. Since 1948, the North Olympic History Center, formerly the Clallam County Historical Society, has been dedicated to keeping the history of the North Olympic Peninsula alive. The NOHC manages a research library, an artifact collection, and an education program.
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Virginia's smile lights up a meeting of the NOHC Board on September 8, 2014.
From Left to Right: Irene Wyman, Kathy Davies, Gary Braun, Virginia Fitzpatrick, Charlie Smith, Kay Seed, John Hubbard, Jim Moran, Kathy Rankin, Jim Rankin, Sandy Keys, Bill Barrett, Nancy Lang, Kathy Estes, Adria Fuhrman.
The recent passing of Virginia Fitzpatrick marks the end of a lifetime of generosity and behind the scenes work that benefited us all in the past, present and future. She actively served the Clallam County Historical Society (now the North Olympic History Center) for a total of half a century. She felt strongly that board members should bring something positive to the table. One of her favorite remarks was that the board didn’t need “nice little old ladies.”
Virginia Fitzpatrick was always one to say “thank you.” She stepped up to the plate when she saw the need. As a founding member of the local genealogy society, it was natural for her to see how genealogy and history blended. She joined the Historical Society and worked tirelessly for the blended organization. When the museum manager quit and there was no money to pay a new one, Virginia volunteered her time and money to keep the museum’s goals progressing. She worked with county officials, volunteers, and the public for the benefit of all. In 1989, she was chosen as one of the finalists for Citizen of the Year award. Her only regret for not being chosen was “not being able to publicly thank all the people who created the museum” and who made her nomination possible.
There are few members left that remember those golden years with Virginia and Mike Fitzpatrick volunteering at the Courthouse and at Lincoln School. You could find Mike on the fire truck ladder replacing windows in Lincoln School or out mowing the lawn. Virginia continued working with and for the North Olympic History Center long after she could no longer come to the facility. She was always on call.
We will miss her, and we are richer for having known her.
Photo by Emily Matthiessen, Sequim Gaztte
The North Olympic History Center has been awarded a SHARP General Operating Support Grants from Humanities Washington! SHARP operating support grants for volunteer-run organizations are intended for humanities-focused organizations with an all-volunteer staff that have a track record of humanities programming and have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. This award will support general operating expenses and/or specific humanities projects at the Center.
Humanities Washington was founded in 1973 "to open minds and bridge divides by creating spaces to explore different perspectives." Humanities WA is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, but are an independent 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization serving over 60,000 people in over a hundred communities throughout Washington State each year through our programs and partnerships.
In early summer of 2021, the North Olympic History Center was awarded a Heritage Grant by the Board of County Commissioners. The amount of the grant, $17,500, will largely fund the "Cloud Project". This major initiative will convert much of our archival and records collections into digital format.
The first element of the project was to select the software program to be used. There are few programs that closely compete with Past Perfect Museum Software. Since 2012, NOHC has used Past Perfect museum software to catalog the archival collection of approximately 13,000 items. Only recently has Past Perfect been undated to become web-based, meaning that any computer with an internet connection can be used to input information into the database, and ultimately to perform searches on that data. This is important to facilitate work other than on a local computer server. Of significance is that data is backed up remotely and cannot be lost in the event of a local catrastrophic event.
After making the decision to use Past Perfect Web-based edition, the need to "cleanse" the current database became imperative to eventually convert to the Past Perfect Web Edition. Cleansing entails fixing broken links, removing obsolete and out of date records, and other technical issues. This process was begun in late spring and is expected to be complete in early fall. In the meantime, new computer equipment is being purchased in preparation of transitioning to the new web-based program and inputing data.
We are extremely grateful for our volunteer, Eve Datisman, for working on "Cleansing the database."
Until now, researchers have had to come to the NOHC Research Library, or correspond to have questions on local history answered. The artifact collection was accessible only to those willing to make special arrangements. The Cloud Project will provide access to much of our collection on-line. The public will be able to search various categories to find items of interest. In this way, the collection will be accessible to anyone with access to the internet.
A major first step, "cleansing" the existing database was completed early in 2022. Cleansing is the term used for the process of correcting duplicate records, rectifying inconsistencies, and otherwise preparing the database for use with the new web-based system.
The web-based software is presently being tested and the conversion to the new system put on-line for public access by June 1st. At that time, new records will be added to the database. This will be a never-ending project as objects and records of historical significance are continually added to the collections. Eventually, the on-line collection can be used to develop exhibits for a virtual museum.
On June 4, Executive Director David Brownell will make a presentation at Peninsula College at their Studium Generale. Watch for an announcement about this event.
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The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and North Olympic History Center have partnered to bring you the "Learning Our Landscape" presentation series exploring the rich history, culture, and environment of the North Olympic Peninsula. Join us on the second Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. on Zoom as we use the tools of modern science, tribal ecological knowledge, and history to gain a better understanding and appreciation of this remarkable and resilient landscape.
History Hikes - qatáy Prairie and Lagoon
Peninsula College Studium Generale (12:30 - 1:30 PM): NOHC Cloud Project Launch
LOL Presentation Series on Zoom (3-4:30 PM): Paleochannels of the Dungeness River
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History Hikes - Fort Flagler, Marrowstone Island