Historian Ray Hillman will describe diverse links between the San Francisco Bay Area and Humboldt Bay Region through the tales of a specific female commercial photographer, architects of iconic Humboldt buildings, the sculptor of Arcata’s McKinley, and a warship built in SF and wrecked in the rough waters off Eureka’s coast.
HCHS 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!
During the Northern California Flood of 1964 a novice explorer is unwittingly set adrift in the turbulent waters of the Klamath River. An experienced Kentucky cave explorer finds himself stuck during the "Cave Wars" of 1925. Both characters gripped the public's attention in their respective eras. Master storyteller Paul Woodland returns these fabled creatures to their rightful place in American folklore.
You are invited to hear the riveting tales of spelunker W. F. Collins and Bahamas the navigator - two historically famous explorers who are once again the talk of the town.
Peggy Wheeler will tell the story of Humboldt’s only known female lighthouse keeper. Sarah Johnson began tending the Humboldt Harbor Lighthouse in 1857 as a widow with a newborn baby and five other children.
”I hope to take the audience with me,” Wheeler says, “as the layers of Sarah’s story reveal themselves through a parade of resources: international records, federal archives, local maps and documents, newspaper and magazine articles, genealogy sites, oral histories from descendants, and one very special photograph.”
To celebrate the centennial of what is now called the Save the Redwoods League, and the League’s Centennial Celebration Week (October 6-14), local historian Jerry Rohde will describe pivotal events that were part of the movement’s early history. Join us for this tree-mendous event!
HCHS research assistant Morgan Harvey will describe the collection of Humboldt County Jail register books she has been transforming into a keyword-searchable digital resource. Join us for a demonstration of how data transferred from these original primary source documents may be interpreted and applied to larger questions about race, gender, and cultural capital.
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.