Welcome to Arcata’s past


Museum Sunday Openings

The Phillips House Museum has reopened,
Sundays from 2-4.

2024 tea invitation

With the new year comes our Winter 2024 Newsletter! In this edition, you will learn about the exciting history of the Moonrise Herbs building, read excerpts from Ruth Horel Caskey’s diaries, and more! Click here to be taken to the newsletter.

With the changing of the leaves comes our autumn 2023 newsletter. Read about the Frank and Hazel Anderson barn, which once stood at the foot of 7th and Union Streets. There’s more to learn about our past grocery stores, in a letter written by a gentleman who lived in Arcata from 1935-1957. Click here for these pieces and more!

Our summer 2023 newsletter has arrived, along with the wonderful sunshine we’ve been waiting for this season! Click here to see what we’ve been researching lately. Shelley Mitchell has written an interesting article about grocery store options of Arcata’s past. Do you remember Purity Market and Sunny Brae Market? Read Alex’s President’s Message and our docent notes to find out what has been going on at the Phillips House Museum. You can also learn how to renew your HSSA membership, as it is that time of year. Thank you for your support!

The spring 2023 newsletter has fascinating articles about the Stone House (also known as The Lady Anne Victorian Inn) and the new exhibit at the Philips House Museum – interesting items discovered in the walls of the historic Grotzman House. Read this edition here.

The winter 2022 newsletter features a story about the Big 4 Inn which was demolished in 1972 to make room for the freeway. It still holds special place in the hearts of locals – click here to read this article and more!


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Our Fall 2022 newsletter has been published! Click here to read about the interesting pasts of a few iconic Arcata homes, and to hear what’s been happening at the Phillips House Museum!


The Summer 2022 newsletter continues on with the theme of People Saving Places, featuring articles by Julie Fulkerson and Joyce Plath in which they discuss their unique experiences of saving and rehabilitating historic homes in Arcata. Click here to read the newsletter in its entirety!

May is Preservation Month across the country. This year’s Preservation Month theme of People Saving Places is a national high-five to everyone doing the great work of saving places in ways big and small and inspiring others to do the same! The Spring 2022 Newsletter is devoted to some of our own place-savers, Click here to read!

Our Fall 2021 Newsletter features “What’s Next for the Plaza?” plus an article on the Eureka trolley system (some communities are resurrecting their trolleys to combat climate change); Arcata’s most famous photographer, A.W. Erickson; the return of the Falk Mansion mantel; and more!

Our Summer 2021 Newsletter includes a fascinating article about Essex Ranch and its historic rail mile marker No. 300, an update on Humboldt State’s plans for the Trinity Hospital building, a Phillips House Museum update, and more!

Spring 2021 HSSA News: Learn about the journey of some of the furniture from the Falk Mansion, enjoy an article on Sears homes, and read a tribute in honor of our friend and volunteer, Ann McClary.

More HSSA news and events are here.