Humboldt County Historical Society

Library Lecture Series

Monthly Programs Sponsored by the Humboldt County Historical Society

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!

 

 


Saving the Redwoods: How Part of the Humboldt Forest was Preserved, with Jerry Rohde
Oct
6
1:00 PM13:00

Saving the Redwoods: How Part of the Humboldt Forest was Preserved, with Jerry Rohde

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!

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Sex, Drunks, and Alleged Insanity: Interpreting Historic Criminal Records with Morgan Harvey
Sep
8
1:00 PM13:00

Sex, Drunks, and Alleged Insanity: Interpreting Historic Criminal Records with Morgan Harvey

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.

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Lore of the Land: Myths, Folktales, and Legends from the Redwood Coast with Paul Woodland
Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

Lore of the Land: Myths, Folktales, and Legends from the Redwood Coast with Paul Woodland

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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.

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"Mills of Humboldt County" by Dr. Alex Service
Apr
7
1:00 PM13:00

"Mills of Humboldt County" by Dr. Alex Service

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.

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The Friendship of Bodega y Quadra and Vancouver with Pattie Fleschner
Mar
3
1:00 PM13:00

The Friendship of Bodega y Quadra and Vancouver with Pattie Fleschner

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. 

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The Mattole Valley: A History in Pictures with Laura Cooskey
Jan
6
1:00 PM13:00

The Mattole Valley: A History in Pictures with Laura Cooskey

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!

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Film History from Behind the Redwood Curtain with Nate Adams
Nov
4
1:00 PM13:00

Film History from Behind the Redwood Curtain with Nate Adams

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. 

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