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The Ferndale Museum, through the efforts of its staff and dozens of volunteers, is dedicated to presenting programs that educate, entertain, and inspire our community to embrace and preserve its rich, unique history. In the past year some of our most successful events have been “Who Was Who,” a dramatized tour of the Ferndale Cemetery; a presentation of pioneer Seth Kinman’s buckskins and violin to the Museum by his great-grandchildren; and several showings of the Museum’s original movies, including "Letters Home," "Walking the Wildcat," "Home on the Grange," "The Cameo Fair," and "The Lost Village of Camp Weeott."

We are always eager to welcome new ideas and new volunteers to help plan and implement our events and programs. To be part of the fun, give us a call at 707-786-4466 or drop us a line at

November 14, 2014 "Flood"

Regional History Series: Pierson Building Center's regional history series comes to Ferndale, with entertaining local historian Jerry Rohde. Jerry recalls the massive 1964 “thousand year’ flood on its 50th anniversary.  See how history had repeated itself.  Only 11 years earlier the 1955 “hundred year” flood provided a warning of what was to come, while back in 1861-1862 the North Coast was hit by what may have been the biggest flood of all. As part of the Pierson lecture series, Jerry previously has given talks to full houses at City Hall.  He always has new and interesting information to give to his audience.  Admission is free. 7 p.m. at Ferndale City Hall. 707-786-4466

Blacksmithing Demonstration at the Ferndale Museum, CANovember 22, 2014 – Forge On

Blacksmithing Demonstration: In 1981 Mr. J. A. Mouat donated a complete blacksmith shop to the Ferndale Museum. The shop had belonged to his father, who operated his business in Loleta for many years. The exhibit displays all the tools of a working blacksmith shop, along with an extensive collection of branding irons, some that came with the shop and many others that were part of the extensive collection of George and Hazel Waldner, former owners of The Ferndale Enterprise.

Saturday, November 22, Blacksmith Jerry Murry, formerly of Ferndale (he and wife, Barbara, used to own the Stage Door Café), fires up the Museum forge to show blacksmithing techniques once essential to daily life. Jerry is a great entertainer and raconteur as well as a talented blacksmith, and he will be happy to answer questions and provide some history of the blacksmith's art as he creates unique hand-crafted items. 

These demonstrations are great opportunities for children and adults to see the smith’s art first-hand. Demo begins at 10 a.m. Admission is free. 

December 22: "The Flood of '64"

Free Film Monday: On the 50th anniversary of the peak day of the '64 flood, the Ferndale Museum will open for continuous showings of the 30-minute  2004 film, "The Flood of '64," featuring stories of experiences of local residents. There will be refreshments, and there is no charge. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 707-786-4466

February 14, 2015 "Love Stories "

Introducing the new Ferndale Museum film: Valentine's Day movie celebrating local romance. Location to be announced, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, tickets, $15.

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Tours and school groups welcome!
Corner of Shaw and Third Streets: 515 Shaw

Wed. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sun. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
plus Tues. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., June 1- Sept. 30

We welcome your visit February through December. (We close the month of January for maintenance and restoration.)

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Ferndale Museum
Post Office Box 431
Ferndale, California 95536-0431

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