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!



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"A Photographic History of the Creamery District" by Fran Beatty

  • Humboldt County Library Eureka, CA (map)

Fran Beatty, a local landscape historian, explores photographs as a primary record and point of departure in understanding the history of our built environment. Her talk "A Photographic History of the Creamery District" illustrates the transformation of this Arcata neighborhood from colonial times to the present. She will accompany her talk with a PowerPoint show of photographs by notable photographers A.W. Ericson, Merle Shuster, and Peter Palmquist.

Today the Creamery District is a vibrant arts and commerce neighborhood, which is centered on the 1918 Creamery Building between Eighth and Ninth Streets in Arcata. The district's transitions from a busy industrial area to thriving art and business enclave have been at once dramatic and gradual. The Creamery District is an example of how the arts can transform a neighborhood and renew economic and community health.