Only members of the Ferndale Museum receive Our Story magazine (6 issues a year)
Village of Ferndale
Humboldt County Visitor Information
The Depot Museum
Timber Heritage Association
Humboldt County Historical Society
Western History Association
Humboldt Room, HSU Library
CA Office of Historic Preservation
California Preservation Foundation
National Register of Historic Places
The Ferndale Museum is a 501-c-3 charitable nonprofit organization that flourishes on gifts of time, money, talent and historical memorabilia.
A historical and educational museum, the Ferndale Museum brings to our community an appreciation and understanding of the culture and heritage of our town, and the Eel River and Mattole Valleys. We publish a magazine, produce original documentary videos, conduct tours of historic houses and businesses, stage photography exhibits, publish original biographies and historic cookbooks, and maintain a constantly enriched and varied collection. Our collections include a working seismograph, player piano, active blacksmith shop, and a vast display of artifacts that pertain to or were used by our forebears. We also assist our members in genealogical research, welcome visitors and new friends, and provide information on our two town cemeteries.
Nearly 200 people in our town, around the county, and across the country are volunteers for the Ferndale Museum. They participate in a wide variety of tasks, including greeters (docents), researchers, cataloguers, gardeners, construction and maintenance helpers, keepers of the seismograph, movie-makers, writers, social media content producers, singers and songwriters, illustrators, clockwork fixers, blacksmiths, collection preservation, board members, quilt-block designers, event planners, fund-raisers, bakers, photographers...the opportunities to find your own volunteer niche are endless. Call director Lynn Lourenco at the museum (707-786-4466) for more information.
The Sweet Memories 2018 Dessert Cookbook is for sale at the museum ($20, plus s/h). There are also a limited number of cookbooks from Sweet Memories 2015, 2016, and 2017. Order here!
Reservations for honorees at Sweet Memories 2019 are now being accepted. Each of the 42 exhibit sites are $30, and can be reserved by calling Kelli Boots at Becker Insurance (707-786-9721).
New! The DVD of Working in the Woods: 1936, an original Ferndale Museum video incorporating the 80-year-old footage of logging at Carlotta, shot by Jack Tipple, Sr., with current narration from retired timber faller Jerry Miller. This movie premiered March 29 to a sold-out house at the Old Steeple in Ferndale. Available only at the Ferndale Museum and here. $20 plus s/h.
Corner of Shaw & Third Sts.
515 Shaw (Map)
Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sun. 1-4 p.m.
June, July, August and September.
Genealogy assistance available.
Advance notice is appreciated.
Editor, Volunteer News
Post Office Box 431
Ferndale, California 95536-0431 USA