Three Clallam residents to receive awards for preservation

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PORT ANGELES — Three Clallam County residents will be recognized for their contributions to preserving Clallam County history during a presentation of Heritage Awards at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Awards will be given at the Clallam County Historical Society’s annual meeting at First United Methodist and Congregational Church, 110 E. Seventh St.

Parking and entry to the church’s social hall are on Laurel Street.

Kathy Monds, executive director of the historical society, announced the three recipients as:

■ Margaret Owens, manager of the Joyce Depot Museum, for her preservation of the history of Joyce.

The museum, one block east of the Joyce General Store in the community west of Port Angeles on state Highway 112, displays railroad memorabilia and history, as well as photos and artifacts of Port Crescent, Gettysburg, Disque, Twin, Piedmont, Fort Hayden at Tongue Point, Lake Crescent, Sol Duc and Joyce.

■ Irene Wyman, retired teacher and volunteer with the Clallam County Historical Society, for her contributions in recording the history of Clallam County’s schools and teachers, Monds said.

Wyman has written Clallam County Schools: East to West and School Marms and Masters and the Bells They Rang.

■ Renee Mizar, communications coordinator and executive assistant at the Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, for her preservation of the history of Sequim.

Rotating exhibits

The museum at 175 W. Cedar St. in Sequim has rotating history and art exhibits.

It also offers permanent displays such as the Manis mastodon archaeological digs, the Jamestown S’Klallam longhouse exhibit and military and local veterans exhibits, which includes a new display devoted to Vietnam veterans.

The MAC also owns and operates the historical Dungeness Schoolhouse, the DeWitt Administration Center, a museum store and the Second Chance Consignment Shop.

Also at the annual meeting, which is free and open to the public, researcher Peggy Norris will talk about the 1950s community study that led to Port Angeles being named an “All America City.”

Norris, who provided the research for Port Angeles, Washington: A History, Volume 1, has spent years combing the archives of local libraries and historical societies, Monds said.

“Her phenomenal knowledge of Clallam County history provides an insight into many stories, both well-known and obscure, which she relates with a wonderful sense of humor.” Monds said.

Norris’ presentation will be the June History Tales program.

During the annual meeting, officers and directors of the society will be sworn in, and the winner of Karen Sistek’s silk painting “Ina May” will be announced.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, phone the historical society’s office at 360-452-2662 or email

Last modified: May 28. 2013 5:42PM
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