Humboldt County Historical Society

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Other Resources in the Community

Blue Lake Museum
A free public museum devoted to railroad and logging history as well as the history of the Mad River Valley.

Blue Ox Millworks
A fully functioning Victorian job shop specializing in custom woodworking and historic reproduction, the Blue Ox also maintains a blacksmith shop, historic apothecary, and ceramics studio. A slab of the world famous Fieldbrook Giant, and a beautiful street car replica are also housed on the Blue Ox campus. Don't miss the haunted mill tour during fall months!

Clarke Historical Museum
Our sister organization, which focuses on preserving and curating exhibits featuring historic artifacts related to the history of Eureka and Humboldt County, is also now home to the Eureka Tourism Center. Clarke Museum exhibits often feature historic materials from the Barnum House archive.

Eureka Heritage Society
An advocate for the preservation of Eureka’s historic architecture, the Heritage Society hosts an annual Home Tour and is an excellent resource for residents looking to understand the history of their home.

Fern Cottage
The historic dairy ranch home of Ferndale residents Joseph and Zipporah Russ, Fern Cottage offers tours of the Victorian-era property and curates collections related to the Russ Family.

Ferndale Museum
A historical and educational museum focused on the history of the Ferndale community, and the Eel River and Mattole River Valleys.

Fort Humboldt State Historic Park
A historic military fort from the Indian Wars era, Fort Humboldt is now an historical museum dedicated to telling the story of the Fort and the Native American groups of this region including the Wiyot, Hoopa, and Yurok.

Fortuna Depot Museum
Housed in Fortuna's historic train station, the Depot Museum curates exhibits related to the history of the Eel River Valley.

Historical Sites Society of Arcata
Focused on architectural history and historic preservation, the Arcata Historical Society offers resources for home tours and tours of the Arcata Plaza. The Phillips House Museum is maintained by the Arcata Historical Society, which offers tours of the Arcata farm house.

Hoopa Valley Historical Alliance
Currently engaged in a preservation project to restore the Hoopa Valley Adobe building of Fort Gaston, the Historical Alliance is dedicated to fostering exploration of the history of the Hoopa Valley, specifically focusing on the impact of US military policies during the Fort Gaston era on the Hupa People.

Hoopa Valley Tribal Museum
A “Living Museum,” in that most of the  artifacts and items of cultural patrimony are still actively being used by members of the tribe for tribal ceremonies, the Hoopa Tribal Museum also provides guided tours for exhibitions within the museum and to three different traditional village sites along the Trinity River including Ta’kimiL ding (Place of the Acorn Feast), Me’dil ding (Place of Canoes), and Diysh Tang a’ding (Place where the albino deer’s face sticks out into the water).

Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum
Dedicated to Humboldt Bay history the Maritime Museum also operates the historic Madaket ferry boat, offering a tour featuring history presentations from the deck of the longest continually operating ferry boat in California.

Humboldt County Public Library: Eureka Branch
Our partner for the monthly Library Lecture Series, the Eureka Library is a fantastic local resource for researchers. Materials available through the public library include complete historic newspaper collections preserved on microfilm.

Humboldt State University Library Special Collections
Formerly known as the "Humboldt Room" the HSU Special Collections feature many digitally accessible primary and secondary resources, as well as a newly renovated research center.

Mattole Valley Historical Society
A group of about 230 members, with offices at the Mattole Grange that prepares a hard-copy newsletter, Now… and Then, at least twice a year, and hosts public gatherings once to three times annually. The organization also maintains West of the Redwoods, a blog mainly about Mattole history, but “occasionally addressing history that’s not Mattole, and Mattole that’s not history.”

Old Town Haunted History Tours
Written and presented by two Historical Society board members, this spooky tour illuminates the "other side" of Old Town's history.

Redwood Discovery Museum
A non-profit children’s museum in Eureka offering interactive exhibits and thematic programs, the Discovery Museum promotes hands-on, open-ended discovery in the areas of science, art, culture, technology, and healthy living.

Redwood Genealogical Society
This website offers a wealth of resources that are relevant to genealogical work including indexed local obituaries.

Redwood National Parks
Museum and archive collections are available through the park office in Orick, by appointment only.

Society of Humboldt County Pioneers
The host of monthly potluck lunch programs that explore Humboldt County history, the Pioneers are stewards of Humboldt’s past. Their free programs are held at the Eureka Moose Lodge on the second Friday of every month, except July and August.

Timber Heritage Association
If you are interested in Railroad and Logging history, definitely check out the THA event calendar. Invested in educational endeavors to create awareness of the industrial history of Humboldt County, the folks at Timber Heritage curate a large collection of artifacts from local railroad and logging industries. Don't miss their summertime "Steam Ups!" 

Trinidad Museum
A beautifully renovated home with five exhibit rooms, this museum also features historic and native plant gardens, Native American exhibits related to the Tsurai Village and Yurok traditions, and exhibits related to the Trinidad Head Lighthouse.

Willow Creek China Flat Museum
Don't miss the Bigfoot exhibits!