Clallam genealogical society center opens
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Volunteer Susan Rose looks through shelves of resource materials Tuesday at the new home of the Clallam County Genealogical Society and Research Center on Lauridsen Boulevard and Peabody Street in Port Angeles.
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The center at 402 E. Lauridsen Blvd. — across from the Port Angeles Library — opened Tuesday.
The center's hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month.
Volunteer staff members assist visitors in the use of the center's books, records and genealogical subscription databases.
The center offers some 3,000 books, as well as maps, microfilm and microfiche — and readers for them — and other records, said Susan Rose, the society's secretary.
Three computers, and printers, are available for use by visitors.
Although the society's collection includes genealogical reference materials from all over the world, it has a wealth of Clallam County materials, with one room dedicated just to county records, Rose said.
The society bought the building in November, she said, and did extensive renovation on it, tearing out two walls, roofing the mansard, updating the lighting and painting the interior a sunny yellow.
The society moved from quarters it had shared with the Clallam County Historical Society at West Ninth Street — space that the society had outgrown, Rose said.
The center accepts donations of all kinds of genealogical materials, but the society is always seeking in particular additional information about early Clallam County families to add to its collection of local genealogy.
Donations of pictures of county pioneers and early residents, old high school annuals, city directories, family histories and documents are always welcome.
The center's new building has a long history, Rose said, having at some point housed a music store, a tax preparation office and a convenience store.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 360-417-5000.
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