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Summer 2018, Available June 1


Summer 2018 Cover Story

The Hoopa Valley Adobe:
How One Humboldt Community Has Chosen to Reclaim a Symbol of Historic Oppression


A resource teacher at Captain John High School, Molly O’Gorman, left, works with two students, Annette Moon, center, and Stephanie Lewis, right, to mix adobe brick compound for repairing the Hoopa Adobe.


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Summer 2018: Volume 66, No. 2

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Restoring the Hoopa Valley Adobe: How One Humboldt Community has Chosen to Reclaim  a Symbol of Historic Oppression
Morgan Rhea Harvey
Embarking upon a unique endeavor in the Hoopa Valley.

The Story of Two Soldiers
Lester M. Cook
The author’s father, George Cook, left a diary of his WWI experiences, which happened to parallel those of Karl Nilsen, whose story appeared in the Fall 2017 Humboldt Historian.

Antone Louis Pegolotti, 1924-2018
James Pegolotti
Remembering a brother’s endearing gruffness and other uniquely loveable qualities.

A Free Year of Forest Bathing
Suzanne Forsyth
Celebrating one hundred years of Save the Redwoods League, and looking ahead to the next one hundred years of preservation.

The Ray Brothers, the Kinsey Family, and Boy Scout Troop no. 54
Jeremiah Scott, Jr.
A history of honor and tradition endures on the East Branch Eel.

Stuart Jackson Titlow: Arcata Postmaster, 1933-1941
Robert T. Titlow
The surprisingly tricky path to postmaster in 1930s Arcata.

Aunt Prim’s Homestead Ingenuity
Rowetta Stapp Miller
Prim Burke's strength and independence have carried her through adventures and heartache.

We open this Historian with an article and photo journal of a project now underway in the Hoopa Valley: the restoration of the historic Hoopa Adobe as an interpretive center, and, as such, a place of healing. Students are among those helping to transform the onetime edifice of oppression into a place of cultural and historical illumination, creating, in an actual bricks and mortar way, renewed physical and spiritual ties with their ancestral community. Looking back can point the way forward, and for the Hoopa Valley Native Americans, motivation and inspiration are embedded in the lessons of their history, and in the intrinsic and deeply felt connections that link them to their ancestral homeland. The story of their current efforts, presented here by Morgan Harvey, begins on page 10.

Inspired by Peggy Wheeler’s article about Karl Nilsen (Fall 2017 HH), who was drafted into WWI and is buried at Flanders Field, Lester Cook provides his father’s story, a parallel to Nilsen’s, except that Cook’s father survived. See “The Story of Two Soldiers.”

This is the centennial anniversary of Save the Redwoods League, and the Historical Society is proud to be a Centennial Partner with the League as it celebrates 100 years of redwood forest preservation. Join us on page 24 for “A Free Year of Forest Bathing,” with a full-color centerfold and directions for acquiring your free passes into over forty state parks through 2018. Enjoy all this and more. Welcome to the Summer 2018 Humboldt Historian!
— From The Editor