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 Lectures & Events:

In 1971, Jamestown S'Klallam master carver Brick Johnson gifted a totem pole to Peninsula College. The Johnson family has refurbished the pole. You are invited to the pole raising and celebration.

Porgram and Reception to follow

For more information, call (360) 417-7992 or email

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 2:00pm
Peninsula College, Maier Hall Building

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 6:00pm
Peninsula College Longhouse

Charlotte Penn and guests will share the history of paddle journeys and the plans for this summer’s epic journey to Bella Bella in “Canoe Journeys to Bella Bella 2014: Canada.” All are welcome to attend a reception immediately following in the Longhouse.  

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 12:30pm
Little Theater