Information about the Lincoln School

Lincoln School Post Card

A VIDEO about
First Night 2016

Saving Stories

A short film about the Jefferson County Historical Society

Jefferson Art & History Museum
Open daily
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Research Center
Open Tuesday - Saturday
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Rothschild House Museum
Open May-September

Commanding Officer's Quarters Museum
Open May-September
and for the Holidays
The Commanding Officer’s Quarters at Fort Worden State Park will be open to the public from 12:00-5:00 p.m., and December 26-31. The elegant 1904 Edwardian style home is managed by the Jefferson County Historical Society as a museum depicting the lifestyle, architecture, and military history of the early 20th century.
Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitors Center
Open daily
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Kalaloch Lodge


The historical society's ninth annual West End Weekend is November 17-19. JCHS executive director Bill Tennent said, “There are two major goals of the weekend—to encourage people from east Jefferson County to explore that beautiful and historic area of our county and to collect stories and historical information from West End residents for the county archives.” West End residents are invited to have their stories recorded throughout the weekend by the JCHS Oral History Team. The recordings become part of the oral history collection housed at the JCHS Research Center.

The historic Kalaloch Lodge will be the headquarters for the event and is offering special rates for Peninsula residents. For lodging reservations, call 866-662-9928.

The Forks Timber Museum will be open for visitors travelling through Forks en route to Kalaloch on Friday November 17 and Saturday November 18, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The rustic museum was built by the Forks High School carpentry class and many volunteers. Set on five wooded acres, it tells the story of Northwest Olympic Peninsula logging.

An exhibit of historic photographs of small rural Jefferson County communities will be mounted in the Becker Suite at the Kalaloch Lodge at 5:00 p.m. on November 17 and will close at 10:00 a.m. on November 19.

There will be storytelling on Saturday November 18 at the Peak 6 Adventure Store on the Upper Hoh Road from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Gladys Allen, now in her 80s, will share stories of her father, Leo Nelson. Nelson was born in Sweden in 1900 and became known as the “Paul Bunyan of West End.” His feat of bucking over 100,000 board-feet of timber with a cross-cut saw, known as a “misery whip," into 32-36 foot lengths in a single day is logging legend.

At 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, in the Becker Suite, author Teresa Schoeffel-Lingvall will present a program about Olympic Hot Springs, a popular resort owned by her family for 60 years. At 3:00 p.m., Mike Doherty will present a program about Franklin Roosevelt on the Olympic Peninsula. All programs are free and open to the public.

Wearable Art
Brings Color to Jefferson Museum

Wearable Art Exhibit

The increasingly dark days of autumn will be brightened by the Wearable Art Exhibit at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History. The exhibit opened October 6, featuring pieces from Wearable Art Shows from 2011 to the present.

The Wearable Art Show was started by Debbi Steele, founder and past chairperson of the Jefferson County Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls, as a fundraiser for that organization. Steele lived in Ketchikan, Alaska before moving to Port Townsend, where there is a very successful Wearable Art Show.

Sculptor Margie McDonald has been part of the Wearable Art Show since the very first show as an artist and as artistic director for the last two.

Drawings for Wearable Art PieceWhen the wearable art pieces move from the runway to the museum they’ll transition from costumes on living models to works that will no longer have motion - but there are compensations. “You get to look up close and see the quality and the things that are used. Things are well made in this show,” said McDonald. Visitors will also see sketches and swatches that are submitted for entry into this juried show.

“There’s a lot of thought put into these pieces. I think showing some of the process and skills involved in creating a piece is really important,” said exhibit designer Becky Schurmann for the Jefferson County Historical Society. Wearable Art Dress





One of the challenges in staging the exhibit was making forms that would show all the features of each piece. There were wings to be extended, very heavy costumes to be supported, and elaborate head pieces to be displayed. Schurmann created 20 manikins to support this sampling of work from the past seven wearable art shows.

Northwind Arts Center
& Jefferson County Historical Society

Art in the Library
Jim Alden Retrospective

Clam Cannery in the Snow

October 27, 2017 - February 20, 2018
Port Townsend Library, 1220 Lawrence Street

Cabinet of Curiosities

Mastodon bones, bustle parts, a still, extremely disconcerting medical implements, birds frozen in time, and the stories behind them... It's weird and it's wonderful. "Cabinet of Curiosities" opened Friday, June 30 and closes in January 2018.

Cabinet of Curiosities Post Card