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Volunteer News

Volunteer NewsIn November 2015, the museum began publishing Volunteer News, a once-or-twice-a-month e-mail compendium of opportunities, behind the scenes info, photographs, visitor chat, exhibit and research “toolbox,” and volunteer schedules. VN, begun by Mary Ellen Boynton, is now edited by Brian Christensen , who welcomes your news and suggestions. If you'd like to receive your free copy of Volunteer News, e-mail Brian and he’ll put you on the list.

Volunteer News editor Brian Christensen with editor of Our Story, movies and Sweet Memories, Wendy Lestina.


The Ferndale Museum

The Ferndale Museum is a 501 (c) 3 charitable nonprofit that is managed by a staff of 2.5 people and over 200 volunteers — who work in all aspects of the museum’s program and facility. We always welcome new volunteers — and new ideas.

There are many opportunities to give your skills and time. The museum needs construction workers and gardeners, greeters (docents), tour guides, researchers, computer technicians, data base managers, writers, photographers, interviewers, cleaners, collection preservationists, organizers, seismograph monitors, clock-fixers, bakers…the list is endless.

We’d be delighted to have you on the team! Please call director Lynn Lourenco (707-786-4466).



The museum’s volunteer task force welcomes new volunteers year ‘round, and holds new volunteer orientation get-togethers three times a year. Registration for the sessions is required (call Lynn Lourenco at the museum, 707-786-4466).

Lifetime Membership Awards

Dayton Titus and Donell McCanless were honored with Lifetime Membership Awards for their years of generous donations of time in assisting with video documentaries, articles, books, and accessions from fifth and sixth generation Mattole/Eel River Valley families.

Dayton Titus
Dayton Titus

Donell McCanless

Volunteer of the Year

Catherine McIntosh
Catherine McIntosh

Catherine McIntosh was awarded Volunteer of the Year Award for her hundreds of dedicated hours in digitizing all the accessions: photographs, scrapbooks, stories, ephemera for the Museum's collection.


We welcome your visit February through December

Corner of Shaw & Third Streets:
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.


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