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

  • Eureka Library 1313 West 3rd Street Eureka, CA, 95501 United States (map)

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.”