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CAREFUL STEWARDS OF HISTORY SINCE 1947

Since 1947, the Historical Society has worked to preserve original historical materials related to Northern California history. Membership, which originally stood at 117, now numbers nearly 3,000, making us one of the largest county historical organizations in the country. Members receive the Humboldt Historian, our quarterly magazine, voting privileges, and discounts in our bookstore. Membership is open to everyone.



PRESERVING HISTORY FOR THE FUTURE

Our purpose is to further an understanding and appreciation of all peoples, places, events, and activities of Humboldt County and related areas. Toward this end, we focus on acquiring, preserving, interpreting, creating, and sharing historical information, and by educating and assisting others to do the same. To further these goals, the Humboldt County Historical Society publishes an outstanding quarterly magazine, the Humboldt Historian; maintains a thorough reference library; prints historical books; records and transcribes oral histories of knowledgeable residents; archives valuable collections, and makes the information in those collections available to researchers.



RESOURCES & COLLECTIONS

The Historical Society collections include over two hundred historical maps and over 65,000 historical photographs, as well as documents, ledgers, memoirs, and much more. See some examples of what awaits you at the Humboldt County Historical Society.



The launch of the barkentine Hilo at noon on July 7, 1892, christened by Miss A. L. Vance. The Hilo was the second largest vessel ever built on Humboldt Bay.




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