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The Ferndale Museum


In our gift shop and bookstore, the museum offers guests an opportunity to purchase local history books, postcards, reproductions of the work of local artists, Ferndale memorabilia and collectibles.






Our Story




Familiar Faces, a DVD Memoir

Working In The Woods 1936

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 on-line at $20 plus s/h.


DVD: Alive n' Kikkin'

Charlie Beck as Seth Kinman. In an unforgetable one man show, dramatic performer Charlie Beck brings the ol' sinner himself back to life to tell the tales of the early settlers in Humboldt County. 51 min. $15


book--High Water Mark

DVD: High Water Mark: Stories from the '64 Flood

​A broad view of the county-wide destruction of the 1964 flood, this feature-length movie strikes new notes with an emphasis on the experiences of the residents of northern Humboldt and Del Norte counties. Members of several Native American nations tell the stories of both the specific disaster, and the destablilizing aftermath ​it left in its wake. $20 plus $5 s/h.


DVD: "A Visit From Mark Twain"

A Visit From Mark Twain

As Mark Twain in his characteristic white suit, Ferndale's own Charlie Beck tells tales from the life of the great author. Stories from his early life in Hannibal, Missouri; anecdotes and satire; and Twain's musings on immortality. 22 min. $10


A DVD Memoir: “Letters Home”

Letters Home

Beginning with the US military draft in the fall of 1940, George Waldner, the editor of the Ferndale Enterprise, asked men and women from Ferndale, Bear River and Mattole to write letters home, to the newspaper, about their military experiences. In the years of conscription and war that followed, dozens did so. A few years ago, Ann Roberts and Elsie Giacomini compiled the Enterprise's war clippings into a single volume, and from that film-makers Wendy Lestina and Melissa Lema have produced this feature-length documentary movie. Letters are read, often by family members; original 1941-42 film footage by Jack Tipple, Sr., recently declassified first-hand combat footage, hundreds of photos, video interviews, and memorabilia. The two disc collection includes a full list of the 439 men and women who served in those years and uncut veteran interviews. $20



Lords of the Ring DVD

Lords of the Ring

When a 50-year-old pro boxer decides to train for a comeback, his willingness to take the risk changes his life and the life of an old friend. Mark "The Hammer" Weinman's return to pro boxing is one of the top comebacks in the history of the sport. His success, achieved alone and in an unlikely place, proves inspirational to a group of former amateur boxers in rural Northern California, who reunite to share memories of their Golden Gloves triumphs. Also starring Dayton Titus, Frank Lara, Jerry Miller, Bill Sutton, Louie Lorenzo, and Don Coppini. $20

DVD "Who Was Who: The Ferndale Cemetery Tour

Who Was Who, The Ferndale Cemetery Tour

In the summer of 2010, local actors (and some family members) re-enacted the lives and stories of some of the more famous (and infamous!) of Ferndale's gone-but-not-forgotten. Dave Carr's video captures the event -- created by Ann Roberts and Marji Smith -- in 53 minutes of history and humor. $15

Four DVD Memoirs

Walking the Wildcat,
A Song for Claude,
Home on the Grange Parts I & II

A collection of four original Ferndale movies on one DVD.  Includes footage from a 1998 Buck Miner & Bill Selby video, historic photographs, new interviews, historic music from Mattole Grange dances, and songs by Buck Miner and Dorothy Short. $20

"Coming of Age in Korea," a full-length (1:20) original documentary featuring the stories of Korean War veterans from the Eel River Valley

Coming of Age in Korea

A full-length (1:20) original documentary featuring the stories of Korean War veterans from the Eel River Valley -- as told by the men and their families. A history narrative by Dr. Robert Cliver of Humboldt State University's History Dept. runs through the film, anchoring the story, and putting the combat experiences in context. Includes original music, vintage military film, dozens of photographs of local and international people and events in addition to the video interviews of the veterans: a forgotten generation who fought a forgotten war. $20 plus shipping.

An original Ferndale Museum feature-length movie

Saving The Queen

Saving the Queen:
The Story of Fernbridge

Born amidst political wranging over its location, what was once the world’s longest concrete span has survived 115 years of earthquakes and floods (the only bridge in Humboldt County to do so). The movie highlights the engineering marvel of this local icon, as well as its emotional power within the Eel River Valley community. $20 plus s/h.

30-minute movie tells the story of "The Lost Village of Camp Weeott"

The Lost Village of Camp Weeott

A 30-minute movie tells the story of The Lost Village of Camp Weeott, a fishing camp four miles from Ferndale at the mouth of the Salt River that flourished for three decades before it was destroyed in the flood of 1955. $15

Familiar Faces, a DVD Memoir

Familiar Faces

A one-hour scrapbook of anecdotal clips from 15 local interviews conducted by the Ferndale Museum over the last five years. $15 plus $5 s/h.


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We welcome your visit February through December
Corner of Shaw and Third Streets: 515 Shaw

Wed. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sun. 1-4 p.m.


Post Office Box 431
Ferndale, California
95536-0431 USA

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