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.

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History Tales to feature History of Lincoln School

Lincoln School is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, and staff and volunteers from the Clallam County Historical Society
will share the school’s past, present and plans for the future at the Clallam County Historical Society’s History Tales presentation. 
The program takes place on Sunday, May 1, at 2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 110 East 7th Street, Port Angeles. 
Parking and entry to the church’s social hall are on Laurel Street. 
Lincoln School has a rich history in our community.  The site for the school (known as Tumwater Hill) was obtained from the government. 
David O’Brien saved the block for school use. He made large cedar signs reading “This block reserved for school purposes” and nailed 
them to trees at all four corners. O’Brien then led a committee of other squatters to inform those settlers who ignored the signs that it
would be healthier for them to look elsewhere.
Artifacts from the school will be on exhibit, and students’ stories will be shared. One observation states, “The Tumwater School was very
outstanding in that its male pupils were said to be semi-barbaric. Many boys were given a good thrashing for no other reason than that
they did not live on Tumwater Hill.
Irene Wyman will have copies of her book, Clallam County Schools East to West, for sale. In honor of the Peninsula Daily News’ 100th birthday, copies of Olympic Leaders will be available as well.
Audience members are encouraged to bring their stories and artifacts to share.
History Tales is free and open to the public. For further information, please call the Clallam County Historical Society’s office 
at 360-452-2662 or e-mail 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 presently closed for the season. Due to changes in museum operations, the upstairs exhibit area will reopen sometime this summer. We will post new days and times as soon as possible. Please, check back here for updates. Thanks for your patience!

The museum is located at 207 S. Lincoln Street in Port Angeles, just north of the Clallam County Courthouse.   Check the CCHS Facebook page for current events.

Questions? Call (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