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:

Sonya Rosario, an activist, filmmaker, and poet, will be sharing poetry and selections from her memoir, Why Not Me. Her work has been published in the Idaho Spanish Publication and the Anthology of Latina Writers: Communal Feminisms; Chicanas, Chileans, and Cultural Exiles. A founding member of the Women of Color Alliance (WOCA), Rosario received the Legacy of Leadership Award from Spelman College, a Boise State University Recognition for Women Making History, and a Certificate of Achievement from Yale University’s Women’s Campaign School.

For more information, please contact Helen Lovejoy at, hlovejoy@pencol.edu or (360) 417-6362.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 12:30pm
Longhouse

Please join the activist, filmmaker, and poet Sonya Rosario in the Peninsula College House of Learning for a reception and open mic poetry reading. This event will follow her Studium Generale lecture. Guests are welcome to enjoy some light fare and share their writing, art, music, and performance pieces with our honored guest. 

Performers may sign up at the event.

Rosario’s films include The Historical Impact of the “S” Word (2002), Idaho’s Forgotten War (2009), and the upcoming The Sofa Dairies. A founding member of the Women of Color Alliance (WOCA), Rosario received the Legacy of Leadership Award from Spelman College and a Certificate of Achievement from Yale University’s Women’s Campaign School.

Admission is FREE.

For more information, please contact Helen Lovejoy at, hlovejoy@pencol.edu or (360) 417-6362.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 1:30pm
Longhouse

Idaho’s Forgotten War (2009) highlights the courage and faith of the Idaho Kootenai people and one woman, Amy Trice, who declared war in 1974 on the United States government. Robbed of their lands, culture, and hunting rights, the Kootenai people moved from place to place, facing complete annihilation. Homes provided to the community by the government were decaying and offered minimal shelter. When a Tribal Elder froze to death on a cold winter’s day in his unheated home, Trice and the Kootenai people feared it was only a matter of time before the entire tribe disappeared. The story of Trice and her community’s resilience and bravery is an inspiring one poignantly told by the director Sonya Rosario.

Along with being a filmmaker, Rosario is an activist, a published poet, and a founding member of the Women of Color Alliance. She has received the Legacy of Leadership Award from Spelman College and a Certificate of Achievement from Yale University’s Women’s Campaign School. 

Directed by Sonia Rosario. This screening will be followed by a discussion with Rosario.

Admission is FREE.

For more information, please contact Helen Lovejoy at, hlovejoy@pencol.edu or (360) 417-6362.

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 10:15am
Longhouse