Mark Your Calendar

Sept. 7 & 8
Natural Fiber Fair
Arcata Community Center

September 14
Workshop: How to Restore Wooden Windows
Jefferson Community Center

Sept 21
Fall Collectible Sale Phillips House Museum 10-3


HSSA Newsletters Are Here

plaza fountainOur 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.

Adaptive re-use, or "reUrbanism", is featured in the Spring 2019 HSSA newsletter, along with a history of the Hauser-Nixon house, recollections from two sisters who spent many of the past 90 years in Arcata, and more. Download it here, now.
Part one of "History of the Arcata Trail Corridor" by Jerry Rohde appears in the Winter 2019 issue of the HSSA newsletter, available here.  The essay includes a detailed set of references, available for download here.  Part two is in the Summer 2019 newsletter.
The Fall 2018 issue of the HSSA Newsletter includes memories of the Plaza fire of November 12, 1979, by Alex Stillman, along with news of the interns, docents and volunteer board members who keep the Historic Sites Society of Arcata so active.

"The Silent Workforce: Women in the Woods," the Plaza without McKinley?, remembering Civil Defense and the dedication of Redwood National Park, all in the Summer 2018 HSSA newsletter.

Old News:

In the third and final part of the Arcata Creamery Building history by Sean Kearns, 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.

Arcata CreameryThe Arcata Creamery Building turns 100, and Sean Kearns reviews its varied history in the November HSSA News. Download it or read online.

Return to the Potawot Indian Health Village 20 years after construction, in the Fall 2017 HSSA News. Download it now.

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