NORTH OLYMPIC HISTORY CENTER

 

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.

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NOHC Past Perfect Digital Archives

The North Olympic History Center curates an extensive collection of aritfacts and archival materials documenting the history of the North Olympic Peninsula. The Center is constantly digitizing new material from our collections and adding them to our online PastPerfect catalog, a digital resource created with the support of the Clallam County Commissioners and a 2021 Clallam County  Heritage Advisory Board grant. Please click the link below for instand access to thousands of historic photographs, documents, and artifacts from the North Olympic Peninsula.

Link : NOHC Past Perfect Catalog

 


 

 

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History Hikes - A New Partnership Program With JCHS

The NOHC is excited to partner with the Jefferson County Historical Society to offer a new program, "History Hikes"!

Join NOHC Executive Director David Brownell for one of these guided hikes at historically significant sites around east Jefferson County. Hikers will explore evidence of the many layers of history, from S'Klallam and Chemakum sites to the Irondale steel plant and U.S. military installations.Each hike lasts approximately 90 minutes. Distance and terrain will vary and participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the hike site. See you on the trails!

HISTORY HIKES updated

Hikes departing at 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM each date
Each hike capped at 12 participants
$45 for JCHS or NOHC members, $60 for non-members
Register via SimpleTix

 

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NOHC Honors the Memory of Virginia Fitzpatrick

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Virginia's smile lights up a meeting of the NOHC Board on September 8, 2014.

From Left to Right: Irene Wyman, Laurie Davies, Gary Braun, Virginia Fitzpatrick, Charlie Smith, Kay Seed, John Hubbard, Jim Moran, Kathy Rankin, Jim Rankin, Sandy Keys, Bill Barrett, Nancy Lang, Kathy Estes, Adria Fuhrman.  

The recent passing of Virginia Fitzpatrick marks the end of a lifetime of generosity and behind the scenes work that benefited us all in the past, present and future. She actively served the Clallam County Historical Society (now the North Olympic History Center) for a total of half a century. She felt strongly that board members should bring something positive to the table. One of her favorite remarks was that the board didn’t need “nice little old ladies.”

Virginia Fitzpatrick was always one to say “thank you.” She stepped up to the plate when she saw the need. As a founding member of the local genealogy society, it was natural for her to see how genealogy and history blended. She joined the Historical Society and worked tirelessly for the blended organization. When the museum manager quit and there was no money to pay a new one, Virginia volunteered her time and money to keep the museum’s goals progressing. She worked with county officials, volunteers, and the public for the benefit of all. In 1989, she was chosen as one of the finalists for Citizen of the Year award. Her only regret for not being chosen was “not being able to publicly thank all the people who created the museum” and who made her nomination possible.

There are few members left that remember those golden years with Virginia and Mike Fitzpatrick volunteering at the Courthouse and at Lincoln School. You could find Mike on the fire truck ladder replacing windows in Lincoln School or out mowing the lawn. Virginia continued working with and for the North Olympic History Center long after she could no longer come to the facility. She was always on call.

We will miss her, and we are richer for having known her.

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NOHC Awarded Humanities Washington SHARP Grant

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The North Olympic History Center has been awarded a SHARP General Operating Support Grants from Humanities Washington! SHARP operating support grants for volunteer-run organizations are intended for humanities-focused organizations with an all-volunteer staff that have a track record of humanities programming and have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. This award will support general operating expenses and/or specific humanities projects at the Center. 

Humanities Washington was founded in 1973 "to open minds and bridge divides by creating spaces to explore different perspectives." Humanities WA is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, but are an independent 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization serving over 60,000 people in over a hundred communities throughout Washington State each year through our programs and partnerships.

 

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NOHC "Cloud Project" Update

In early summer of 2021, the North Olympic History Center was awarded a Heritage Grant by the Board of County Commissioners. The amount of the grant, $17,500, will largely fund the  "Cloud Project". This major initiative will convert much of our archival and records collections into digital format.

The first element of the project was to select the software program to be used. There are few programs that closely compete with Past Perfect Museum Software. Since 2012, NOHC has used Past Perfect museum software to catalog the archival collection of approximately 13,000 items. Only recently has Past Perfect been undated to become web-based, meaning that any computer with an internet connection can be used to input information into the database, and ultimately to perform searches on that data. This is important to facilitate work other than on a local computer server. Of significance is that data is backed up remotely and cannot be lost in the event of a local catrastrophic event.

After making the decision to use Past Perfect Web-based edition, the need to "cleanse" the current database became imperative to eventually convert to the Past Perfect Web Edition. Cleansing entails fixing broken links, removing obsolete and out of date records, and other technical issues. This process was begun in late spring and is expected to be complete in early fall. In the meantime, new computer equipment is being purchased in preparation of transitioning to the new web-based program and inputing data.

Eve Datisman working on Past Perfect

We are extremely grateful for our volunteer, Eve Datisman, for working on "Cleansing the database."

Until now, researchers have had to come to the NOHC Research Library, or correspond to have questions on local history answered. The artifact collection was accessible only to those willing to make special arrangements. The Cloud Project will provide access to much of our collection on-line. The public will be able to search various categories to find items of interest. In this way, the collection will be accessible to anyone with access to the internet.

A major first step, "cleansing" the existing database was completed early in 2022. Cleansing is the term used for the process of correcting duplicate records, rectifying inconsistencies, and otherwise preparing the database for use with the new web-based system.

The web-based software is presently being tested and the conversion to the new system put on-line for public access by June 1st. At that time, new records will be added to the database. This will be a never-ending project as objects and records of historical significance are continually added to the collections. Eventually, the on-line collection can be used to develop exhibits for a virtual museum.

On June 4, Executive Director David Brownell will make a presentation at Peninsula College at their Studium Generale. Watch for an announcement about this event.

As the project develops, we will be recruiting volunteers to perform most of the work. If you would like more information, contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 360-452-2662.

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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

Join us and get connected! 

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Shop AmazonSmile and Support Local History

When you buy from AmazonSmile, 0.5% of every purchase is contributed to the charitable organization of your choice. It's easy and costs you nothing. Just use smile.amazon.com when you shop (instead of amazon.com) and select North Olympic History Center as the organization you will support.

We encourage you to always shop local first!

North Olympic History Center (formerly Clallam County Historical Society) is a 501(c)(3) organization. By selecting North Olympic History Center through AmazonSmile, you will support programs that preserve and teach local history.

Thank you!

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NOHC Events for 2022

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and North Olympic History Center have partnered to bring you the "Learning Our Landscape" presentation series exploring the rich history, culture, and environment of the North Olympic Peninsula. Join us on the second Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. on Zoom as we use the tools of modern science, tribal ecological knowledge, and history to gain a better understanding and appreciation of this remarkable and resilient landscape. 

As the date of each event approachs, details including time and location will be posted on our Home Page, and our Facebook page.

For further information about any of our events, please call the North Olympic History Center at 360-452-2662 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

July 14 -

Sept. 4

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Exhibition "Farther Afield" featuring photographs from the

North Olympic History Center's collections.

 
Aug. 18 - 21 Clallam County Fair - Visit the NOHC booth across from the grandstand!  
Sept. 2 NOHC Vintage Sale, 826 W/ 8th Street, Port Angeles; 8 AM - 2 PM  
Sept. 8

Learning Our Landscape Presentation Series on Zoom

Old Patsey's Potlatch of July 4, 1891 with David Brownell, Executive Director, NOHC 

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86582060731?pwd=RllOQ1d1WmRNekE1TXgrVHlvaFY5Zz09 

Meeting ID: 865 8206 0731 Passcode: 885860 

 
Sept. 18 History Hikes - Chimakum Creek/Irondale Beach  

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