Annual Holiday Tea

Sunday, December 9th from 2-4 p.m.

Come and enjoy great company at the Phillips House Museum, sip tea from china cups and partake of holiday treats.

Mark Your 2019 Calendars
Local historian Jerry Rohde has agreed to give us a glimpse into Arcata hero Thomas Baer’s life at our Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
HSSA Newsletters Are Here 

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


SAVE THE DATE: HSSA Vintage Clothing Sale
Saturday, September 15, 10-2 at the Phillips House Museum.

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