History Tales resumes with exploration of a peninsula ‘unsung hero’

Author Glynda Peterson Schaad will talk about Wynona Whitcomb Ross at the Clallam County Historical Society’s History Tales presentation set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at First United Methodist Church, 110 E. Seventh St., Port Angeles. The program will be held in the social hall; parking and entry are on Laurel Street.

Using photos, letters and documents from the past, Schaad will bring Ross, one of the unsung heroes of the North Olympic Peninsula, to life. Born in 1905, Ross is a direct descendant of the House of Ste-tee-thlum, chief of the S’Klallam tribe. Raised in the household of her grandmother Martha Maybury and mentored by Dr. James Egbert through a strict academic regimen, Ross grew up with an equal appreciation for her Jamestown S’Klallam roots and the literary foundations of Western civilization.

Ross, event organizers say, represents a true Renaissance woman: accomplished, well read, well traveled and devoted to the service of her community.

Schaad teaches at Peninsula College and is a fifth-generation native of the Olympic Peninsula. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University and received a master’s degree in English from the University of Washington. Schaad and her brother Gary Peterson have written “High Divide: Minnie Peterson’s Olympic Mountain Adventures” and “Women to Reckon With: Untamed Women of the Olympic Wilderness.”

History Tales events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Clallam County Historical Society’s office at 360-452-2662 or email to artifact@olypen.com.

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