Plenty of other news — including a special lecture and scholarship — came from the Humboldt County Historical Society this week.
On Saturday, October 1 at 2:30 p.m., the society’s 75th Anniversary Lecture Series will feature “Eureka’s South Park Neighborhood and Racetrack 1860s-1910s.”
The Zoom presentation — hosted by the Humboldt County Library — will be given by Eureka-born HCHS board member Mike Berry, known for his meticulous and thorough research.
The deadline to register for access to the conference is Friday 5 p.m. After registering, participants will be able to
receive the meeting ID and password. Registration assistance is available through the Humboldt
County Library by calling 707-269-1915.
The Humboldt County Historical Society also received a $5,000 Humanities For All Rapid Grant from California Humanities for its “Disasters of Humboldt Bay” project.
According to an HCHS press release, Humanities For All Quick Grant is a competitive California Humanities grant program “that supports locally initiated public humanities projects that meet the needs and interests of Californians, encourage greater public participation to humanities programs, especially by new and/or underserved audiences and to promote understanding and empathy among all peoples of our state in order to cultivate a thriving democracy.
“Disasters of Humboldt Bay” – a video project about three well-known local disasters – will be
premiering March 19, 2023 at 2 p.m. at the Arcata Playhouse, 1251 Ninth St., Arcata. The free program will include short videos and a panel discussion on the historical significance of Humboldt Bay.
“The panel, made up of experts selected by the leaders of the Wiyot tribe, will discuss
how our view of the natural world and its challenges shapes our experiences as individuals and societies,” said Jane Hill, Executive Director of HCHS.
“Disasters spark curiosity and the willingness to admit human frailty,” Hill said. “They can motivate sharing and consideration of our similarities and differences.”
Julie Fry, President and CEO of California Humanities, said, “These projects will shine a light on California’s complexity and diversity in new ways that will engage Californians across the world.
every part of our state and will help us all understand each other better.
A full list of all Humanities For All Rapid Grants is available at calhum.org. California Humanities is a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment of the Humanities.