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, and February excluded). The programs are always FREE but capacity is limited - come early to reserve a seat!

 

 

Timber Heritage Association - Past, Present & Future with Pete Johnston
Jun
1
1:00 PM13:00

Timber Heritage Association - Past, Present & Future with Pete Johnston

Pete Johnston will present the lecture on Saturday, June 1st at 1:00 p.m. in the first-floor conference room of the Humboldt County Library, 1313 Third Street, Eureka. Admission is free and the public is invited!

Learn about how the Timber Heritage Association is fulfilling its mission to preserve Humboldt County’s rich timber history for future generations, and, in the process, bring a world class museum to the shores of Humboldt Bay. Johnston looks at the past, present and future goals of the Association as well, including an excursion train around Humboldt Bay to help Humboldt become a tourist destination.

Steam donkey near Bear River and Mattole River area. Photo courtesy of HSU Humboldt Room Special Collection.

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"Mission Impossible? Not!": An Intimate History of Blue Ox with Eric & Viviana Hollenbeck
May
4
1:00 PM13:00

"Mission Impossible? Not!": An Intimate History of Blue Ox with Eric & Viviana Hollenbeck

Visiting the Blue Ox Historic Village is like entering a vibrant working museum where Victorian-era craftsman trades like blacksmithing, ceramics, printing, and of course woodworking are all practiced using historic equipment and tools. At Blue Ox every piece of wood is honored. From its 1973 beginnings in a formerly condemned building on Humboldt Bay, Eric and Viviana Hollenbeck have built not only an environmentally-conscious business, but a way of life. Join them as they talk freely about their “Path Less Traveled” and where it is taking them now.

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Myrtle Grove Cemetery "Uprising" with Kirby Nunn
Apr
6
1:00 PM13:00

Myrtle Grove Cemetery "Uprising" with Kirby Nunn

Over the past few years Kirby Nunn, with a small group of volunteers, has been improving conditions at Eureka's pioneer cemetery. In cooperation with the Eureka City Parks Department the team is locating, cleaning, and preserving historical grave markers. They are also updating cemetery records and maps by researching burials through County records and online Find A Grave memorials.

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Humboldt Links to the Golden Gate with Ray Hillman
Mar
2
1:00 PM13:00

Humboldt Links to the Golden Gate with Ray Hillman

  • Eureka Branch of the Humboldt County Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Drifting Between a Rock and a Hard Place with Master Storyteller Paul Woodland
Jan
5
1:00 PM13:00

Drifting Between a Rock and a Hard Place with Master Storyteller Paul Woodland

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. 

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Sarah Johnson: Humboldt's First Lighthouse Keeper with Peggy Wheeler
Dec
1
1:00 PM13:00

Sarah Johnson: Humboldt's First Lighthouse Keeper with Peggy Wheeler

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.”

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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

  • Humboldt County Library, Eureka Main Branch (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS


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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