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!

 

 

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

  • Humboldt County Library, Eureka Main Branch (map)

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 and turns as the Eel River, and a real life adventure so outrageous it sounds implausible. You will hear about the mystifying disappearance of a prominent Humboldt County lake, the incredible voyage of Captain Courageous, and the last train ride from Luffenholtz, plus many more memorable tales. Woodland, born with a gift for gab, is described in the press as a "clever and captivating storyteller," "verbal artist," and "joyous public personality!"

 Paul Woodland dressed for the Discovery Museum's annual fundraiser the Perilous Plunge (into the Humboldt Bay), with his partner Karen Roemke.  Photo Credit: Paul Woodland

Paul Woodland dressed for the Discovery Museum's annual fundraiser the Perilous Plunge (into the Humboldt Bay), with his partner Karen Roemke. 
Photo Credit: Paul Woodland