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The Ferndale Museum

Staff, board, and project leaders for the Ferndale Museum include, from top left, director, Lynn Lourenco; research director, Ann Roberts; board president, Kelli Boots and board vice-president, Kathleen Bullard; board member, Lynette Matyshock; newsletter editor and videographer, Brian Christensen; row two: board secretary, Kerry Chartkof; assistant director of research, Nancy Kaytis-Slocum; founding director, Jerry Lesandro; Mary Enos-Lenardo; row three: bookkeeper, Wanda Baird; director emeritus, Don Andersen; board member, Nadene Bass, board treasurer, Pat Lydon; row three: board member, Pete Bansen; award-winning garden & kitchen crew, Ginger Nunes, Irene Bryant, and Barbara Carlson; row four: webmaster, Ellen Briggs with Mack; director of media & marketing, editor of Our Story, Wendy Lestina; board member, managing
editor of
Our Story, Mary Ellen Boynton.

Board of Trustees

  • President, Kelli Boots
  • Vice President, Kathleen Bullard
  • Secretary, Kerry Chartkoff
  • Treasurer, Pat Lydon
  • Members: Pete Bansen, Nadene Bass, Mary Ellen Boynton, Mary Enos Lenardo, Lynette Matyshock

Volunteer Staff Leaders

  • Sweet Memories, Lynette Matyshock
  • Irene Bryant, Photographer​
  • Construction and Maintenance, Pat Lydon
  • Garden, Irene Bryant, Ginger Nunes, and Barbara Carlson
  • Accessions Management, Karen Olsen
  • Research, Ann Roberts and Nancy Kaytis-Slocum
  • Quilt Block Trail, Mary Ellen Boynton


  • Director, Lynn Lourenco
  • Editor, Our Story; Movies & Sweet Memories, Wendy Lestina
  • Editor, Volunteer News, Brian Christensen
  • Webmaster, Ellen Briggs/Briggs Arts
  • Bookkeeping, Wanda Baird
  • Founding Director, Jerry Lesandro (Honored with the title of Founding Director in the museum's 40th anniversary year, Jerry was appointed to head the Ferndale Museum in 1978, and continued in that position for 32 years.) 
  • Director Emeritus, Don Andersen

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of The Ferndale Museum, as an historical and educational museum, is to foster an appreciation and understanding of the culture and heritage of Ferndale, the lower Eel River Valley and the area as far south as the Mattole River Valley. The objectives are to be achieved through the collection, preservation and display of artifacts that pertain to or were used by the residents of the area. The museum will conduct research and publish material of historic nature for the education and interest of residents and visitors to our area.

spring garden at museum


We welcome your visit February through December

Corner of Shaw & Third Sts.
515 Shaw (Map

Tours & school groups welcome!

Ferndale Museum
Post Office Box 431
Ferndale, California 95536-0431 USA

Wed. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sun. 1-4 p.m.
Genealogy assistance available.
Advance notice is appreciated.