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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).


Volunteer Appreciation

Dan Tubbs rises to his feet after the announcement that he has been awarded a Lifetime Membership for his years of volunteer work as a graphic artist (and for portraying Supervisor George Hindley in the museum's movie
Saving the Queen: The Story of Fernbridge). The honor was bestowed at the museum's annual December holiday lunch.

Volunteers of the Year

The Co-Chairs of Sweet Memories 2015 and 2016, Lynette Matyshock and Barbara Perra, were named Volunteers of the Year.

Lynette Matyshock
Lynette Matyshock

Barbara Perra
Barbara Perra

JoAnne Godinho
JoAnne Godinho, Ferndale Museum,
Director of Volunteers

The museum’s volunteer task force, guided by director of volunteers JoAnne Godinho, 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).


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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