Lincoln School is celebrating its 100th birthday this year and staff and volunteers from the Clallam County Historical Society will share the school’s past, present and plans for the future at the Clallam County Historical Society’s History Tales presentation.
The program is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the First United Methodist Church, 110 E. Seventh St., Port Angeles. Parking and entry to the church’s social hall are on Laurel Street.
Lincoln School has a rich history in the community. The site for the school (known as Tumwater Hill) was obtained from the government. David O’Brien saved the block for school use. He made large cedar signs reading “This block reserved for school purposes” and nailed them to trees at all four corners.
O’Brien then led a committee of other squatters to inform those settlers who ignored the signs that it would be healthier for them to look elsewhere.
Artifacts from the school will be on exhibit and students’ stories will be shared. One observation states, “The Tumwater School was very outstanding in that its male pupils were said to be semi-barbaric. Many boys were given a good thrashing for no other reason than that they did not live on Tumwater Hill.”
Irene Wyman will have copies of her book, “Clallam County Schools East to West,” for sale. In honor of the Peninsula Daily News’ 100th birthday, copies of “Olympic Leaders” will be available as well.
Audience members are encouraged to bring their stories and artifacts to share.
History Tales is free and open to the public.
For more information, call the Clallam County Historical Society’s office at 452-2662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.