Creamery Turns 100

Celebrate the Golden State Creamery's 100th birthday on Sunday, May 21st at the Arcata Playhouse as part of Historic Preservation month and This Place Matters with historian Fran Beatty at 1pm. For more information call 822-4722.

HSSA Newsletters Are Here

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, now 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.)

Fiber Faire Fundraiser

The Phillips House Museum was built during the mid-1850’s; housewives living there worked on handicrafts to better the farm life for their families. Besides being beautiful and useful, handcrafted items “re-purposed” materials to create children’s clothing, a better rug to keep the floor warm or a pieced quilt for the bed. Young women were involved in crafting items for their trousseaus and learned the art of handicrafts while doing so.

One of our HSSA members, Sandra Fletcher, became fascinated with rug hooking after she visited Nova Scotia. Sandra found strength and respect in rug hooking. Her natural ability was seen early, and she was encouraged to enter the McGown teacher’s training program. She became a nationally known master rug hooker and rug-hooking teacher who exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Her students remember her as a gifted and patient teacher with a keen eye.  She had local students including many members of HSSA. 

Sandra collected wool and dyed it for shading in her hooked rugs.  When she passed away in 2010 she bequeathed her “stash” of wool to the Historical Sites Society of Arcata. Part of the collection was sold last year; we will bring her remaining wool to the 2016 Natural Fiber Faire on September 10and 11 at the Arcata Community Center. The wool is excellent for quilting, clothing, rug hooking and felting.  We look forward to seeing you there as we celebrate the handicrafts of yesterday and raise funds to preserve our own history.

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