House of Learning (Longhouse)

Standing in a grove of cedar trees, the Peninsula College Longhouse was the first longhouse in the nation built on a community college campus. The vision of a Longhouse as a center for cultural expression and educational achievement for all students and community members has collaboratively been woven together by Peninsula College and the six local tribes: Hoh, Quileute, Makah, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam, and Lower Elwha Klallam.

In 2007, leaders from the six local tribes and the College opened “House of Learning” with a cedar bark ribbon-cutting ceremony. This ceremony was the culmination of more than two years of planning and construction and honored important tribal and community relationships. More than 500 people gathered to celebrate the culmination of more than two years of planning and construction.

The cutting of the ceremonial cedar bark ribbon honored not just the building itself, but the building of important relationships and friendships that will enrich and strengthen the lives of all who enter the Longhouse doors. We invite you to visit the House of Learning.

Upcoming Longhouse Programs:

Makah photographer Meredith Parker’s vivid photography shares a stunning perspective of West coast potlatches, annual Canoe Journeys and Makah Days, as well as local and regional tribal events, such as weddings, births and gatherings of family and friends.  

These captivating, cultural and historical moments will be on display from May through August in the Peninsula College Longhouse Art Gallery, where Parker is the featured guest artist. On Thursday, May 7, at 2:00 pm she will give a presentation about her photography in the Longhouse, which will be followed by a reception in her honor.  This event is free to the public.  

Parker serves as General Manager for the Makah Tribe providing administration, programmatic and operational supervision to all tribal programs, activities and business enterprises. She is also president of both the Makah Cultural and Research Center and the Potlatch Fund, among other volunteer activities. 

ʔaʔkʷustəŋáw̕txʷ, House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse Art Gallery is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

For more information or to request a tour at an alternate time, please email or call (360) 417-7992.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 2:00pm

Please join the activist, filmmaker, and poet Sonya Rosario in the Peninsula College House of Learning for a reception and open mic poetry reading. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 1:30pm