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 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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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

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History Tales to Feature Early Christmas Traditions in Port Angeles

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Christmas greeting card from 1911

Kathy Estes will share stories of early Christmas traditions in Port Angeles at the Clallam County Historical Society’s History Tales presentation on Sunday, November 4, at 2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 110 East 7th Street, Port Angeles. The program will be held in the social hall; parking and entry are on Laurel Street.

Estes will share a presentation originally given by Wilda MacDonald for a Historical Society meeting on December 5, 1983. MacDonald, born in 1905, reminisced about people, places and events that were a part of Christmas celebrations while she was growing up in Port Angeles. “We hung our stockings on Christmas Eve. We had no fire place, but a drying line near the heater chimney was just as good, because Santa always found the socks and filled them with Christmas goodies.” Decorations, toys and other holiday artifacts—including images of Christmas cards--from the Society’s collection will be on exhibit.

Kathy Estes is the executive director of the Clallam County Historical Society and has worked for the organization for 31 years. She enjoys taking pieces of the Society’s collection and sharing them with the public. She grew up in Connecticut but has lived in Clallam County since 1978.

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 email 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
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