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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

Familiar Faces, a DVD MemoirFebruary 26, 2014 –“Familiar Faces”

Ferndalers on Films: During the past five years the Ferndale Museum has conducted hundreds of interviews with local residents.  Only a small portion of that material has been used in the various movies the museum has produced.  On Wednesday, February 26, the museum will present “Familiar Faces,” a collection of portions of those interviews.  Among those featured will be Gus Scalvini, Joe Grinsell, Dorothy Scalvini, Julia Bass, Betty Genzoli, Beryl Newman, Congressman Don Clausen, Bob and Eleanor Farley,  Don and Elsie Giacomini, Nancy and Bruce Slocum, Floyd Bettiga, Mary Silveira and many more. The museum plans this as the first in a series of films documenting the lives of our friends and neighbors using the material collected in the in the course of the Museum's interview program.
“Familiar Faces” will be shown at 7:00 pm on the 26th at the Ferndale Repertory Theater.  Tickets are $10 and are available in Ferndale at Rings Pharmacy, Lentz Department Store, and the Museum and at Green’s Pharmacy in Fortuna.

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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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