North Olympic History Center Campus
The Research Library is the place to access the resources of the Center. The library is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or by appointment. Call (360) 452-2662 to schedule a visit or for more information.
Directions: from W. 8th Street in Port Angeles, turn south onto B Street, then right onto 9th Street between the school district buildings. Go past the two paved parking areas on the right, and turn right into the gravel lot on the south side of Lincoln School.
You will find staff to assist you in your search for photographs, maps, obituaries, oral histories and much more.
Archives Storage Facility
Our Archives Storage Facility is in the old Lincoln School gymnasium. The building is not generally open to the public, however special tours can be arranged by calling the Center. The archives are geared specifically to the history of the North Olympic Peninsula. Donations related to our local history may be accepted, or assistance given in finding a more appropriate home for treasures that should be preserved.
In 2019, NOHC began a multi-phase project of installing archival shelving on rails. The new system only mazimized the use of space, but provides more secure, and yet easy access to artifacts. Below is a photo showing the new storage. Note tracks on the floor that the shelving moves on by an easy turn of the handle. One or more shelves can be rolled at the same time, opening up an access aisle between any two shelves.
Also located in the Archives building is our administrative office.
Lincoln School was built in 1916 and served the community of Port Angeles as a grade school until it was closed in 1978. It was vacant and destined to be razed when purchased by the Clallam County Historical Society (now North Olympic History Center) in 1991.
Years of neglect had taken their toll on the brick building, and volunteers have been working on both restoration and renovation since its purchase. Fundraisers and dedicated volunteers at the Center have financed and physically upgraded the building to its current level.
Future plans for the school are under consideration by the board of directors. Please stay tuned.