Join Ken DeCamp at Eureka Books as he shares the results of his lifelong exploration of local wildernesses in the latest release from Backcountry Press — Wildflowers of Trinity Alps from 6 pm to 9 pm for Arts Alive on April 7th 2018.
To all our friends in Humboldt County,
For the last 30 years, Eureka Books has hand-picked our eclectic and interesting selection books to fit this one-of-a-kind community. We’re known as the “old-book” store, and we always have thousands of good used books and uncommon first editions.
But if you haven’t visited our beautiful Victorian storefront in Old Town in a while, you may not realize that Eureka Books has the largest selection of new books in town. We stock thousands of new titles, and if we don’t have what you are looking for, we can probably get it in a day or two.
This year, we’ve teamed up with other Northern California independent bookstores to offer you these gift ideas. There’s something for everyone on this list. But there’s no substitute for talking with a bookseller. This holiday season, we’re here for you, seven days a week, just as we have been since 1987.
Happy Holidays from all of us as Eureka Books,
Amy, Jack, Jen, Kaity, Katie, Mike, Russell, Scott, and Solomon
Signed copies available. The book tells the tale of a scam perpetrated by three Humboldt County lumbermen who managed two Scottish-owned timber syndicates. “Some of the most notorious instances of fraud that the U.S. Land Office uncovered in acquiring public timberland occurred in the redwoods,” said Shepherd.
The Humboldt County Historical Society has just released a special limited edition plaque commemorating the wreck of the USS Milwaukee off the coast of Humboldt Bay in 1917. The event was a slow-motion disaster, bringing thousands of people to the beach to watch. The Milwaukee, a naval cruiser, had come to pull a submarine, the H-3, out of the sand, becoming stuck in the process. The submarine was freed from the shifting sands of the Samoa Peninsula, but the Milwaukee became permanently stuck and it broke in two during a storm. The Navy stripped the ship of everything salvageable. The decks were torn apart by the shop classes of Eureka and Arcata schools.
Local naval historian Wallace Martin, author of Sail and Steam on the Northern California Coast, acquired pieces of the decking cut into thin rectangles, perhaps when he was enrolled in shop at Eureka High School a few years after the Milwaukee ran aground. He and his family carefully preserved these relics of Humboldt County history for more than 85 years. They were donated to the society to make these plaques as a fundraiser.
Each plaque includes a piece of the Milwaukee decking, attractively framed below a photograph of the wreck. An official historical society seal and signature marks these as authentic commemoratives. Only 100 were made.
The Milwaukee plaques are only available at Eureka Books and the historical society. $125
Local author Michael Kauffmann will be on hand to sign copies of his new book Conifer Country tonight from 6-9pm during Arts Alive! Conifer Country is a natural history and hiking guide to 35 conifers of the Klamath Mountain region.
The Times-Standard published an article on the book:
When Michael Kauffmann began hiking through Humboldt County’s forests, he noticed something that a more casual hiker might take for granted.
”We have an extraordinary collection of conifers right here,” he said. “In fact, the Klamath mountain region has one of the most diverse assemblages of conifers anywhere on the planet.”
Although redwoods and Douglas firs get most of the attention, he realized that some of the conifers, like the Baker’s cypress and the foxtail pine, are quite rare and obscure.
Kauffmann, who teaches science at Fortuna Union Elementary School and at Humboldt State University, took it upon himself to explore and document the ranges of 35 local species.