We connect the future, through the present, with the past. Since 1948, the North Olympic History Center, formerly the Clallam County Historical Society, has been dedicated to keeping the history of the North Olympic Peninsula alive. The NOHC manages a research library, an artifact collection, and an education program.


NOHC Announces Lecture Series

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The North Olympic History Center, formerly the Clallam County Historical Society, will present North Olympic Voices, a monthly arts and lecture series to replace the nonprofit’s History Tales talks. The year-long educational program will feature speakers in conversation on local topics in arts, sciences, and civics to celebrate and enrich life in Clallam County.

Amy McIntyre, Executive Director of the North Olympic History Center, will give the first North Olympic Voices presentation on her social documentary photo project called “Any Port in a Storm: Pandemic Sundays in Port Angeles, Washington,” on Sunday, January 10 at 2:00 pm. McIntyre took photos of lockdown life every Sunday morning in Port Angeles for the first 16 weeks of the pandemic as it arrived stateside. A photo of an empty classroom taken on the final day of the project was recently selected for the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. Kate Dexter will moderate the talk.

McIntyre succeeded Kathy Estes as the History Center’s Executive Director in August when Estes retired after 33 years leading the organization formed in 1948 to preserve and share Clallam County’s history.

February’s presentation will be given by David Brownell, tribal preservationist for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and North Olympic History Center board member, on February 14 at 2:00 pm. Brownell will also speak in April, June, August, October, and December. The intervening months’ speakers and topics will be announced.

North Olympic Voices will be livestreamed until further notice on the second Sunday of each month from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at It is free and open to the public.

For more information, email Amy McIntyre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


2020 NOHC Annual Membership Meeting

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(Downtown Port Angeles, Photo by Amy McIntyre 2020)

The North Olympic History Center 2020 Annual Membership Meeting is on Monday, October 26 at 7 pm via Zoom.

Find a link to the meeting here:

NOHC Acting President Larry Lang, Board Member Patrick Noonan, and Executive Director Amy McIntyre will introduce current and new board members and offer a quick look back with a hopeful eye to the future.


COVID-19 Update

Because of an increase in local COVID-19 cases, we have made the difficult decision to once again close our campus to the public. We reopened by appointment when cases seemed to plateau but starting today we will only accept research requests and deliver results remotely to protect our staff, volunteers, and the community. Please make your requests via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (360) 452-2662 and please refrain from dropping in. All events are canceled until further notice. Thank you for your understanding, your interest in Clallam County history, and your commitment to public health and community resilience.


North Olympic History Center Announces New Executive Director

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Amy McIntyre 

Amy McIntyre has been named executive director of the North Olympic History Center effective Aug. 3.  She succeeds Kathy Estes, who is retiring after 33 years in the job.

The History Center, a nonprofit formerly known as the Clallam County Historical Society, was founded in 1948.  It manages a research library at 931 W. 9th St., an extensive artifact collection and educational programs promoting the North Olympic Peninsula’s history.

McIntyre was selected by the History Center’s board of directors following four months of candidate interviews.

“We are very excited for Amy to lead the center into the next phase of its history, engaging the community and working with our great volunteers,” said John Brewer, the board’s president.  "She's very knowledgeable about our local history, she’s a natural organizer with deep ties across the Peninsula, and she has excellent writing, photo and social media skills."

Said McIntyre: “It’s a dream job and a big job.  “I am thinking about ways to raise the profile of the organization, grow membership and the volunteer team, raise funds, expand collaborations with other nonprofits, continue digitizing the collections to ensure preservation and accessibility, keep integrating the arts into our work, contribute to community resilience and lead with equity and inclusion at the forefront.

“Any work I propose or take on builds on Kathy's steady and visionary leadership and what she, together with the board, the volunteers and past directors have created over the 72 years that the History Center has existed.

“My goal is for every Clallam County resident to see the History Center as an organization they have access to and can be part of.”

Facebook project

McIntyre has been involved in her own personal history project, "Pandemic Sundays", since mid-March.  She takes a series of photos every Sunday for a  Facebook album recording Port Angeles scenes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Her photos include a guitarist playing to an empty outdoor venue, signs in closed stores and a runner taking a selfie after a “virtual” race.  Two of her “Pandemic Sundays” photos will be part of the upcoming “Well+Being” exhibition at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.

McIntyre previously worked as communications coordinator for WSU Clallam County Extension in Port Angeles and at Peninsula College as a program assistant.  In both jobs she was active in developing community partnerships and expanding programs and events.  She served five years as president of the Port Angeles Arts Council and works as a volunteer at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse.

McIntyre holds a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Sciences from the University of Washington and Associate in Arts from Peninsula College.

Born in Seattle, her family moved to Sappho in western Clallam County in the mid-1970s. They moved a few years later closer to Forks to a home on the Sol Duc River.

She graduated from Forks High School in 1989, moved to Seattle in 1991 and returned to the North Olympic Peninsula in 2008.  McIntyre lives in Port Angeles with her 14-year old daughter, Imogen.

Retirement plans

Kathy Estes will work with McIntyre during August. A retirement party for Estes,  contingent on COVID-19 restrictions, is tentatively planned for Aug. 27 or 28.  She plans to travel, spend more time with grandchildren and “add more miles to my daily walks.  I also have a bookcase overflowing with reading material that is calling out to me!”

Estes said "the past 33 years with the North Olympic History Center/Clallam County Historical Society have been wonderful.... I could not ask for a better job. I have had the honor to work with an exceptional group of volunteers; have met so many people in the community through our outreach/educational programs, and have enjoyed visiting with our members.

“I know the new executive director will bring vibrant new ideas to this organization and carry it into the next decades.”


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

Join us and get connected! 


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Look for the Clallam County Historical Society, (also known as the North Olympic Cultural Resource Center), 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 a contemporaneous look at the history and culture of Clallam County. Check out Clallam County Old Time News at:

We hope you will 'Like' us and invite your friends to check us out as well.