Longhouse opens at community college in Port Angeles

Port Angeles, Washington (AP) 10-07

About 500 people were on hand for the opening of the Peninsula College longhouse at the community college in Port Angeles.

The Native American longhouse – believed to be the first in the nation at a community college – will house artwork and be used for cultural classes, performances and other small gatherings.

The cedar building, which opened during October was a project of the college and six of the Olympic Peninsula’s tribes. It cost $830,000, of which $250,000 came from private donations.

The tribes involved in the project are the Jamestown S’Klallam, Lower Elwha Klallam, Hoh, Quileute, Makah and Port Gamble S’Klallam.

Information from: Peninsula Daily News,