Fortuna and the Eel River Valley by Alex Service and Susan O’Hara, published by Arcadia
Alex Service, curator of the Fortuna Depot Museum, has sorted through historical photographs from the museum’s collection, along with photos of the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department and local residents to tell the story of the community’s history. Her new book, Fortuna and the Eel River Valley, was co-authored with historian and educator Susan O’Hara and has just been published by Arcadia Publishing. Service will be at Eureka Books on Saturday, August 6 from 6-9 pm to sign copies of the new book.
“This history of Fortuna and the Eel River Valley really reflects all of the larger forces at work in Humboldt County over the years,” said Eureka Books owner Scott Brown. “From logging and milling, to our local apple growers and dairies, to the expansion brought on by the railroad in 1914, this book fills a critical gap in our appreciation of our history.” The book also covers Fernbridge, the company town of Scotia, and Newburg, a long-vanished mill town.
Fortuna and the Eel River Valley represents an important contribution to the growing collection of Arcadia titles on local history. In addition to histories of several towns in Humboldt County, the company has also published books on the history of Humboldt State University and the Sequoia Park Zoo. “These photographs are hard to come by,” said Brown, “and as anyone who has ever tried to organize family photos knows, it’s not easy to get the right dates, names, and places for each photo. It’s a tremendous amount of effort, and we’re lucky to have so many local historians working on these books.”
Join us tonight for Arts Alive! and check out some vintage prints by illustrator W.W. Denslow. Perhaps most recognized for the illustrations in L. Frank Baum’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the prints tonight are from St. Nicholas, a magazine for boys and girls, circa 1909.
Join author Cathleen Cahill at Eureka Books to celebrate the publication of her first book, Federal Fathers and Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869 – 1933.
Cathleen will be available to meet and to answser questions about her research with teh Indian Service (today known as the Bureau of Indian Affairs), the bureau’s connections to Northern California, and how she used local archives for her work.
Saturday June 18
426 Second Street
For more information call (707) 444-9593
Cathleen Cahill is assistant professor of history at the University of New Mexico and is a graduate of St. Bernard’s High School in Eureka.
Saturday night is Arts Alive! in Eureka from 6 to 9 pm, and stores will be open late showing art.
Local author and artist Joan Dunning will be at Eureka Books signing her new children’s book about the marbled murrelet, Seabird in the Forest. It’s a very touching and beautifully illustrated tale about the life cycle of one of the North Coast’s endangered creatures.
Come meet the author and check out Joan’s original paintings from the book which will be on display on the Eureka Books art wall.
Seabird in the Forest is Joan’s latest book on the natural world. Her previous works include From the Redwood Forest, Secrets of the Nest and The Loon. She also illustrated the children’s book, Leaving Home.
If you stopped by Eureka Books during the February Arts Alive! you were no doubt impressed with our guest Jacqueline Suskin and her Poetry Store. Suskin creates poems made to order on her typewriter while you wait. And you don’t have to wait long! Her well of inspiration is clearly close at hand.
Now Suskin is raising money for a 2011 book tour. She needs $5,000 by February 27th.
I will travel across the country doing different events, reading my work, collaborating with local artists and musicians, and creating celebrations based around poetry. My hope is to earn enough funds in order to support each event (food, entertainment, venue fees, etc..), printing costs, and travel expenses.
I will also be doing Poem Store whenever I can (www.yoursubjectyourprice.com). This will be an added way to bring poetry into as many lives as possible. I am excited to interact with anyone who is still engaged in the importance of poetry as a driving part of American culture.
She’s almost halfway to her goal. You can pledge your support here.
Jacqueline usually sets up on the Arcata Plaza during the Farmers Market; we were glad to have her in the store on this winter night. And it was lovely to have the sound of the typewriter clattering around the store all evening.
Book artist Sandy Vrem, harvesting some of the 1,000 books that members of the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild (norbag.net) made as a benefit for literacy here in Humboldt County. The books are $1 each, with all proceeds going to the Humboldt Literacy Project. Fewer than half remain, so come in and get some while they're still available.
(Photo by Ellen Golla, taken September 4, 2010, during the opening of the 3rd annual NORBAG show)
If you're out and about for Arts Alive on Saturday evening, drop in to see our show of paintings and photographs of the pulp mill. The mill is one of the industrial landmarks of Humboldt County, sitting on the bay on the Samoa peninsula, right across from Eureka. For many decades, the pulp mill emitted rather foul smelling sulfurous smoke from its towering smokestack. Environmental upgrades reduced the odor and a slack market for pulp that has kept the plant offline most of the time lately, greatly improved the air quality in town.
But for all its faults, the mill employed quite a few people and most landscape artists in Humboldt County painted or photographed it at one point. Since the mill manufactured the raw ingredients for paper, we asked Ellen Golla, past president of the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild (website and blog), to demonstrate papermaking with dried pulp. It should be a fun evening.