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The Ferndale Museum

Come browse our constantly growing inventory of local history books, cookbooks, postcards, reproductions of the work of local artists, Ferndale memorabilia and collectibles! (PS: We now take credit cards.) You can also purchase many of our items here.

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20196 Mother's Day Cookbook from the Ferndale Museum

Sweet Memories
The Mother's Day Book 2019

A dessert cookbook featuring the women honored at the museum’s annual benefit, their stories, photographs, and recipes. A family keepsake with amazing dessert recipes from women, past and present, honored by their families and their friends at the Sweet Memories Dessert Auction. Featuring baked goods and speciality items from over a century of celebrated bakers and cooks: great-grandmothers, grandmothers, mothers, great-aunts, aunts, godmothers, sisters -- lives honored with family exhibits of photographs and memorabilia May 2019, at Ferndale City Hall.

$25 plus shipping of $6:

Two copies,$25 each, $6 ships both:

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.


Seth Kinman Manuscript and Scrapbook

Seth Kinman's Manuscript and Scrapbook

The first published edition of the complete manuscripts and scrapbook of Seth Kinman with added newspaper clippings and a chronology of Seth’s life. $19.95



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


Where the Ferns Grew Tall

Where the Ferns Grew Tall

Illustrated with hundreds of photographs, this 322-page book is filled with solid research and dozens of interviews with pioneers. The students of Ferndale High School, class of 1977, wrote (and illustrated) this book when they were juniors in Beverly Carlson’s U.S. history class. Now in its second edition, it remains the definitive history of the Ferndale valley. Formerly $25.99 plus s/h; price reduced to $15!

(Also available is The Making of Where the Ferns Grew Tall, an original museum documentary, $15 plus s/h.)

A DVD Memoir: “Letters Home”

An original Ferndale Museum feature-length movie

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



Shipping by USPS Priority Mail Envelope or Box $5 for first item + $2 for each additional. CA sales tax 7.75%




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.