Keeping Our Heritage Alive

We connect the future, through the present, with the past. Since 1948, the Clallam County Historical Society, also known as the North Olympic Cultural Resource Centrer, 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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History Tales to feature Ian Miller, Coastal Hazards Specialist

Coastal Hazard Specialist Ian Miller will talk about the shoreline changes associated with the Elwha Dam removal at the Clallam County Historical Society’s History Tales presentation on Sunday, May 7, 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.

Miller will talk about the changes to the shoreline and a bit on the changes to the coastal ecosystem since the dams were removed. He will pull in historic information that was used to assess what conditions may have been like before dam emplacement.

Dr. Ian Miller is Washington Sea Grant’s coastal hazards specialist, working out of Peninsula College in Port Angeles and the University of Washington’s Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks. He works with coastal communities and public agencies on the Olympic Peninsula to strengthen their ability to plan for and manage coastal hazards such as tsunamis, erosion and flooding.

Miller was the education director of the Olympic Park Institute and Washington field coordinator for the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation.

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..


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Look for the North Olympic Culturla Resource Center, (also known as the Clallam County Historical Society), on Facebook--you do not have to be a 'member' of Facebook to see our posts. However, if you are a member, and 'Like' us, you will receive notice of current events in your Facebook news feed. We 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 which provides links to long-out-of-print newspapers, articles and images that provide contemporaneous to the history and culture of Clallam County. Check out Clallam County Old Time News at:

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About Us


North Olympic Cultural Resource Center - Lincoln School

From its beginnings in 1948, the goal of the North Olympic Cultural Resource Center, (also known as the Clallam County Historical Society), has been to preserve and to interpret for the community the historical record of Clallam County and the people who shaped its development.

The Research Library, artifact storage facility and administrative offices are located on the southeast corner of 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..

The Lincoln School is undergoing major renovation. For the past twenty years the structure has been the site of the internationally acclaimed Garage Sale which has been the major source of funding for renovation. The building has been seismically retrofitted and is in structurally sound condition. As of late fall, 2016, we hope to soon have modern commercial power and water supplied to the building. Later work will include a sprinkler system, elevator, and major finishing work on the fenestration and brickwork. There is much work to be done before the building is ready for occupancy. Your donations and support are appreciated.


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
Artifact Collection
Wherever you need it most