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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History Tales features Karen McCormick and the History of First Federal

            Karen McCormick, retired president and CEO of First Federal, will present the story of the bank at the Clallam County Historical Society’s History Tales presentation on Sunday, March 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.

            Incorporated in 1923 as Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, First Federal is the only local bank that can truly call itself “homegrown.” The story of First Federal is the story of Port Angeles and the communities of the North Olympic Peninsula—one that is filled with rich and fascinating tales of the people, places and events that form the unique character of the region.

            From the day it first opened the doors of its small office in the Aldwell Building on Laurel Street, First Federal has been a vital source of growth and stability to its community. Upon her retirement in 2009, McCormick was commissioned to tell First Federal’s story. She joins award-winning author Rebecca Redshaw in bringing this incredible tale to life in the book Your First Fed, a story about an institution, a community, and its people.

            Karen worked for First Federal for 32 years, beginning as a teller and advancing through the managerial ranks to become its president and CEO. In 2003, US Banker Magazine named McCormick one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.” She is currently employed as the Executive Director of First Federal Community 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 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Hands On History, January 2018 Newsletter

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