A recently acquired collection of criminal ledgers and mug-shot books from the Humboldt County Sheriffs Department holds valuable local demographic data from the turn of the 20th century through the 1940s.
Humboldt County Historical Society Events
Library Lecture Series
Library Lecture Programs sponsored and organized by the Humboldt County Historical Society are hosted at Humboldt County Library's main branch in Eureka on the first Saturday of every month (July, August, December, and February excluded). The programs are always FREE but capacity is limited - Come early to reserve a seat!
Ours is a region known for its folklore about the mysterious nomad Big Foot, but that is just a small part of the storytelling landscape of the Redwood Coast. Paul Woodland will share tales as tall as the redwoods, with as many twists as the Eel River, and a real life adventure so outrageous it sounds implausible.
Fran Beatty's presentation "A Photographic History of the Creamery District" illustrates the transformation of this Arcata neighborhood from colonial times to the present. Photograph pictured: Arcata Creamery, circa 1920. Photo Credit: Humboldt State University Library
In this sequel to their previous book on mills in Humboldt County Susan O'Hara and Dr. Alex Service focus on the eventful years between 1910 and 1945. The authors connect day-to-day mill and logging site operations with technological advances, World War I, the Great Depression, anti-logging activism, and labor strikes. O'Hara and Service will present historic photographs and sign copies of their new book, which will be available for purchase.
Trinidad Museum president Patti Fleschner transports us to the 18th century to witness the unlikely friendship of rival explorers of the Pacific Northwest, Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra of Spain and George Vancouver of England. It was Bodega y Quadra, with Bruno Heceta, who had sailed into Trinidad Bay in 1775, naming and claiming Trinidad in the name of Spanish king Carlos III.
Mattole Valley historian Laura Cooskey presents a history in pictures of the Mattole Valley. Observe images depicting the region's extremes, from a temperate climate to natural disasters, from spiritual seekers of peace to empowered seekers of wealth and prestige. Images of the region's many economies will be seen, from the oil and tanbark boom to the cannabis industry, and much more!
Nate Adams from the Humboldt and Del Norte Film Commission will speak on the film history of Humboldt and Del Norte counties, presenting a history of films that were shot on the North Coast from 1916-1938. Utilizing production shots, film clips and trailers, as well as newspaper articles from the day, Adams will provide a lively look at movies shot in our region over the last 100 years, including a short clip from the 1919 version of "Valley of the Giants." Time permitting, Adams will share clips and production shots from more recent films made in Humboldt and Del Norte counties.