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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Historical Society To Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive

PORT ANGELES, WASH. — The Clallam County Historical Society will present Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive, or how the home front survived and improvised during WWII, at its annual fashion show/luncheon fundraiser on Saturday, January 27, from noon to 3 p.m. The event takes place at the historic Elks Naval Lodge, 131 East First Street, Port Angeles.

Historical Society volunteers will model fashions from the 1940s, including suits and house dresses. The finale will feature evening gowns. Exhibits will showcase what life was like on the home front during World War II.

Here is a behind the scenes look at the production of our fashion show....turn on your speakers. 

The show’s narrative will explore how people rolled up their sleeves and coped with the changes brought on by the war.  The role of women in Port Angeles—as in towns and cities all over the country—changed dramatically. Volunteers came out to help the war effort by becoming observers of the Aircraft Warning Service. The filter board, where flights of airplanes were plotted, was operated by women volunteers 24 hours a day.

USO dance

The USO, which was located in the Elks Naval Lodge, had a dynamic impact on Port Angeles. A dance there is pictured above.

Ticket prices are $25 for Historical Society and Elks members, $30 for non-members. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available through the Historical Society. Lunch will be catered by the Elks.

            For further information, please call the Society office at 360-452-2662 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO AC-CENT-TCHU-ATE THE POSITIVE

 at 360-452-2662 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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