To protect our members and visitors, the Phillips House Museum will continue to be closed until further notice.
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HSSA Newsletters Are Here
Once upon a time in Sunnybrae (1970), North Coast Museum Alliance talks Covid-19, a tale of two Minor houses, Arcata named "City of the Month" by the state library, and more in the Fall 2020 HSSA Newsletter.
In the Summer 2020 HSSA Newsletter, you will find more then-and-now photo comparisons of local structures and sites presented by Tamara Wolski; a look back at local marshland reclamation and restoration, in the last HSSA News article submitted by local historian Don Tuttle; a story of a "historically informed" interior painting project on a mid-century modern Sunny Brae home, inspired by sheltering in place, by Gabrielle Gopinath; and of course, even more.
The Spring 2020 HSSA Newsletter is here. This issue includes a recap of our annual luncheon, a wonderful series of photographs entitled Arcata: Then and Now, and an article on a special silver spoon collection! And of course, other interesting musings and tidbits!
The Winter 2020 HSSA News is available right here. It includes local photos and history from a family whose great grandmother was born in the Phillips House in 1867. A thoughtful piece reflecting upon the importance of local history, written upon return from a year of studying abroad in Ireland, is also included. And last but not least, a list of preservation-related movies compiled for your winter entertainment.
The Fall 2019 issue of HSSA News featured a story about pioneer Arcata dairyman and Assembly member Melvin Parker Roberts, a view of the lasting effects the 1893 World’s Fair had on Arcata, and more. Download a copy here. A full history of Mel Roberts' life, prepared by Glenn Hoyle, is also online here.
Our Summer 2019 HSSA newsletter includes a letter from our president, Alex Stillman, about the temperance-related history of the Arcata Plaza's water fountain, an article by Jerry Rhode on our local railroad history (with references and a copy of pioneer Byron Deming's biography), information on Claudia Israel's new "Beer as Rent" display at the Phillips House Museum, and more! Follow this link to read the news.
we learn of the heroic effort by Jim Marvel to keep the building alive into the 1970s, and the visionary stewardship by Brian and Lisa Finigan that has brought the Creamery to its present revival. Read this and more in the Spring 2018 HSSA News.
Part two of the 100-year history of the Arcata Creamery Building, "Down the timeline, and the road" by Sean Kearns, is now in print and online in the February 2018 HSSA News, available for reading here, along with a biographical look at one of Arcata's most accomplished women in "Remembering Jessie Turner Woodcock," drawn from her scrapbooks and oral history at the Phillips House Museum by Madison Hazen.
Fires that changed downtown Arcata forever, and the value of a horde of coins in the Caskey collection are featured in the Spring 2017 HSSA News, available here.
The Big Cutoff on the Mad River in 1862 is the subject of the lead story by Don Tuttle in the Winter 2017 HSSA News, available here.
The Fall 2016 HSSA News features a story on the Arcata and Mad River Shay Locomotive #7 by Dan Hauser. Download the Fall 2016 HSSA News.
National Historic Preservation Month, updates to the Phillips House Museum, the lumber mills of Arcata and more are featured in the Summer 2016 HSSA News. Get it here.
The Winter 2016 HSSA News describes how the photo collection at the Phillips House is organized and available, what a typical kitchen looked like in the 1920s, and answers some questions you may have had about the Horel House. Download it now.
The Fall 2015 HSSA News featured the Hotel Arcata on its 100-year anniversary. Click here to download.
For the first time, HSSA sent out a newsletter by email in the Summer of 2015. (Download it here.)
Arcata Featured by Office of Historic Preservation
The California Office of Historic Preservation newsletter, "Preservation Matters," features Arcata's historic preservation program in its first issue of 2016, in a piece written by City of Arcata Senior Planner Alyson Hunter. Read it here.
HSSA & a Tracy Memorial Fund Grant
The HSSA received a grant from the Tracy Memorial Fund through the Humboldt Area Foundation early this year for a Photographic History of the Creamery District. This preliminary research will be conducted by Frances G. Beatty. If you happen to have a snap shot of people, events, or buildings in the areas between K and O Streets and 7th and 11th Streets, please contact Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org.