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:

Peninsula College invites you to the public premiere and celebration for “House of Learning: The Spirit of the Peninsula College Longhouse”. This new documentary tells the story leading up to the time that, just seven years ago, the Longhouse swung its splendid doors wide open to welcome our campus and community.

House of Learning is the first Longhouse in the nation to be built on a community college campus, an accomplishment in partnership with six area tribes of the Olympic Peninsula─Hoh, Quileute, Makah, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam, and Lower Elwha Klallam. 

The celebration will take place Friday, November 7, 2014 beginning at 7:00 pm in the Peninsula College Little Theater.  The evening will begin with a film screening and program where audience members will hear from those touched by the Longhouse spirit, honoring the vast heritage of this area’s Indigenous tribes.  Immediately following the program will be a dessert reception in the Pirate Union Building—during this time, Longhouse tours will be available.

The documentary, from Kokopele Productions NW, includes interviews with tribal elders, former Peninsula College President Dr. Tom Keegan, current Peninsula College President Dr. Luke Robins, and others who have been part of this very special experience. 

The House of Learning is a gift to all people, opening our minds and hearts to expanded possibilities of collaboration, wisdom, reverence and joy.  The Longhouse presence honors the spirit of tribal cultures who have called the Olympic Peninsula home since time immemorial.

  • Tickets will also be available at the door on a space-available basis.
  • Additional donations gratefully accepted in any amount. 
  • All proceeds benefit the inclusive and wide-ranging programs sponsored by the Longhouse.

For more information, contact Kristi Leora Gansworth at (360) 417-6345 or email Longhouse@pencol.edu

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 7:00pm
Little Theater