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In our gift shop, the Museum offers guests an opportunity to purchase local history books, postcards, reproductions of the work of local artists, Ferndale memorabilia and collectibles.

History is Our Story

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Fernbridge Centennial Pins, 6 postcards ship for $1
All other orders:
$5 for first item
+ $2 for each additional

Familiar Faces, a DVD Memoir

"Familiar Faces "

A one-hour scrapbook of anecdotal clips from 15 local interviews conducted by the Ferndale Museum over the last five years. $15 plus $5 shipping/postage.

A DVD Memoir: “Letters Home”

“Letters Home”

Beginning with the US military draft in the fall of 1940, George Waldner, the editor of the Ferndale Enterprise, asked men and women from Ferndale, Bear River and Mattole to write letters home, to the newspaper, about their military experiences. In the years of conscription and war that followed, dozens did so. A few years ago, Ann Roberts and Elsie Giacomini compiled the Enterprise's war clippings into a single volume, and from that film-makers Wendy Lestina and Melissa Lema have produced this feature-length documentary movie. Letters are read, often by family members; original 1941-42 film footage by Jack Tipple, Sr., recently declassified first-hand combat footage, hundreds of photos, video interviews, and memorabilia. The two disc collection includes a full list of the 439 men and women who served in those years and uncut veteran interviews. $20

DVD: "A Visit From Mark Twain"

“A Visit From Mark Twain”

As Mark Twain in his characteristic white suit, Ferndale's own Charlie Beck tells tales from the life of the great author. Stories from his early life in Hannibal, Missouri; anecdotes and satire; and Twain's musings on immortality. 22 min. $10


DVD: “Alive n' Kikkin'”

Charlie Beck as Seth Kinman. In an unforgetable one man show, dramatic performer Charlie Beck brings the ol' sinner himself back to life to tell the tales of the early settlers in Humboldt County. 51 min. $15

Lords of the Ring DVD

“Lords of the Ring”

When a 50-year-old pro boxer decides to train for a comeback, his willingness to take the risk changes his life and the life of an old friend. Mark "The Hammer" Weinman's return to pro boxing is one of the top comebacks in the history of the sport. His success, achieved alone and in an unlikely place, proves inspirational to a group of former amateur boxers in rural Northern California, who reunite to share memories of their Golden Gloves triumphs. Also starring Dayton Titus, Frank Lara, Jerry Miller, Bill Sutton, Louie Lorenzo, and Don Coppini. $20

DVD "Who Was Who: The Ferndale Cemetery Tour

"Who Was Who, The Ferndale Cemetery Tour"

In the summer of 2010, local actors (and some family members) re-enacted the lives and stories of some of the more famous (and infamous!) of Ferndale's gone-but-not-forgotten. Dave Carr's video captures the event -- created by Ann Roberts and Marji Smith -- in 53 minutes of history and humor. $15

Four DVD Memoirs

“Walking the Wildcat,”
“A Song for Claude,” and
“Home on the Grange Parts I & II”

A collection of four original Ferndale movies on one DVD.  Includes footage from a 1998 Buck Miner & Bill Selby video, historic photographs, new interviews, historic music from Mattole Grange dances, and songs by Buck Miner and Dorothy Short. $20


"Coming of Age in Korea," a full-length (1:20) original documentary featuring the stories of Korean War veterans from the Eel River Valley

"Coming of Age in Korea"

A full-length (1:20) original documentary featuring the stories of Korean War veterans from the Eel River Valley -- as told by the men and their families. A history narrative by Dr. Robert Cliver of Humboldt State University's History Dept. runs through the film, anchoring the story, and putting the combat experiences in context. Includes original music, vintage military film, dozens of photographs of local and international people and events in addition to the video interviews of the veterans: a forgotten generation who fought a forgotten war. $20 plus shipping.

Saving The Queen

"Saving the Queen: The Story of Fernbridge"

The movie tells the story of the political wrangling over bridge site selection, and the eventual construction in 1911, and moves on to the protests surrounding the 1986 efforts of CalTrans to replace the bridge.  The story relates the determination of a community to construct the bridge and its equally strong resolve to preserve the iconic structure that has survived 100-plus years of earthquakes and floods.

“Saving the Queen” is the ninth in a series of documentaries produced by the Ferndale Museum and director Wendy Lestina.  “Queen” has been over two years in production and was financed by a grant from the Community Stories program of Cal Humanities (a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Arts), donations of museum members, and the Ferndale Museum. $20 plus $5 shipping/postage.



30-minute movie tells the story of "The Lost Village of Camp Weeott"

“The Lost Village of Camp Weeott”

A 30-minute movie tells the story of "The Lost Village of Camp Weeott," a fishing camp four miles from Ferndale at the mouth of the Salt River that flourished for three decades before it was destroyed in the flood of 1955. $15



Denis P. Edeline: The Museum is delighted to be the primary source for three thorough, carefully researched local history books by fifth-generation Humboldt County writer, Denis Edeline. Written between 1978 and 1987, the books tell, in contemporaneous detail, the history of the land and people of Ferndale and the surrounding valley.

Ferndale The Village 1875-1893

“Ferndale The Village 1875-1893”

An in-depth record of the village of Ferndale covers the period from 1875 to incorporation of the city in 1893.  The pages depict history of the businesses, organizations, activities, and growth of the village. $19.95

Along the Banks of Salt River

“Along the Banks of Salt River”

167 pages recount the history of the land surrounding the Salt River: Port Kenyon, Arlynda, Camp Weeott, and the Island.  $22.95

At the Banks of the Eel

“At the Banks of the Eel”

Over 170 pages of stories, photos and historical accounts of the early days of Grizzly Bluff, Waddington, Price Creek and Howe Creek.  $22.95

Ferndale History photo collection

“Images of America: Ferndale”

Drawing on the extensive photographic collection of the Museum, Ferndale traces the history of the valley from the first home to modern events. Published by Arcadia in 2004. $21.99

"The Story of the Fort Baker Ranch"

"The Story of the Fort Baker Ranch"

During WWII the author, Ronald Harville, who was an heir to, and thus co-owner of the Fort Baker Ranch, became curious how his grandfather, Joseph Russ, had put together a ranch of a size that totaled a township of deeded land. Years of research lead to this fascinating tale of Humboldt history with photos and illustrations by Viola Russ Mc Bride. 75 pages $16.95

Earthquake Chronicles of the Lost Coast

“Earthquake Chronicles of the Lost Coast”

Author Irene Wallace relates “earth-shaking” stories from “out in the hills” where the triple-junction of tectonic plates produces one the most seismically active regions in the world. The book specifically focuses on the events before, during, and after the three massive quakes in April 1992.  $14.95

Where the Ferns Grew Tall

"Where the Ferns Grew Tall"

The first complete history of the Eel River Valley was written by students in the U.S. history class of Beverly Carlson as part of America's bicentennial celebration in 1976. The authors -- the FHS class of '77 -- met and exceeded the challenge of researching, interviewing, designing, writing, editing, and publishing a book. In 2011, the Museum honored Miss Carlson and the class and published this, the second edition (along with a movie, "The Making of Where the Ferns Grew Tall"). 322 pages, hundreds of photographs. $25.99

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“I'm A Gonna Tell Ya A Yarn...”

George M. Richmond, who was Seth Kinman's neighbor in the 1880s as a child, gathered these stories of the adventurous life of the famous showman.  Richmond presents these stories in Kinman’s narrative style. The 125-page book was compiled by R. H. “Rob” Roberts from the Andrew Genzoli Collection at the Humboldt State University Library.  An exclusive to the Ferndale Museum. $14.95

Seth Kinman Manuscript and Scrapbook

"Seth Kinman Manuscript and Scrapbook"

The first published edition of the complete manuscripts and scrapbook of Seth Kinman with added newspaper clippings and a chronology of Seth’s life. $19.95

Ranch Doings

"Ranch Doings"

Viola Russ McBride recalls stories of ranching from the roaring twenties. A compilation of "Drives & Ranch Doings," "How Ranches Got Their Names," "To California's North Coast With Love" and "Fern Cottage Recipes." 180 pages. $18.95

McBride Brats

“McBride Brats”

Reprint of the McBride Brats books 1, 2, 3, and Grandmother's Star Patterned Quilt (which is mentioned in MB1), maintaining the original calligraphy and drawings by Ferndale artist Viola Russ McBride. $12.95

More Titles Available:

“History of Humboldt County Schools, Volume III” History of the schools in the Ferndale area.  $18

“From Plowshare to the Palace: A Frontier Family in Ferndale” The lives of the pioneer Canepa family.  $20

“Franz and the Bear River Horse” or A Swiss Boy Comes to Humboldt. Historical novel by William B. Crane. $16.50

“Christmas Celebration in Song” CD of traditional, contemporary, and spiritual carols from 2004 concert by the Ferndale Community Choir.  $17


A Scrapbook of World War II Clippings

“A Scrapbook of World War II Clippings”

460 pages of copies of clippings from The Ferndale Enterprise covering 1940 to 1946. $29.95

Place Names of Humboldt County

“Place Names of Humboldt County, California, A Compendium: 1542-2009”

Dennis Turner has revised his 1993 compilation of the origins, evolutions, and definitions of 3,200 place names in Humboldt County.  This expanded second edition also includes over 200 photographs, many by his wife and co-author, Gloria. $50

A Gathering of the Past, Part 1

“A Gathering of the Past”

A collection of stories, recalled and compiled by Richard Philipsen, relating accounts of the Danish immigrant Svendsen and Christiansen families settiling in the Eel River Valley, the story of Peter Philipsen, founder of the Humboldt Creamery, A journal relating the life of 97 years of Myrtle Philipsen, and old photos of Loleta, Fernbridge, and Ferndale. $18

Looking Back 90 Years

"Looking Back at 90 Years..."

Lynford "Bud" Scott looks back at his family's life in Humboldt over the past 100 years. Filled with stories and wonderful photographs, the book is a must for anyone interested in Humboldt history. 167 pages $29

Shaw’s Record Book of the Farm

"Shaw’s Record Book of the Farm"

A photocopy of the original record book kept by the Shaw brothers starting March 1, 1852, when they decided to come to Humboldt County to settle. Also includes a transcription and a chronology of both Seth and Stephen Shaw. $9.95

Victorian Homes of Ferndale, A Pictorial Guide and History

“Victorian Homes of Ferndale, A Pictorial Guide and History”

Written and compiled by Marilyn Genzoli, with photography by Don Meacham and Ted Walters, this view of the Victorian homes includes known history, family lore, and beautifully photographed exteriors and interiors of several of Ferndale’s oldest and most prominent homes.  $4.95

"Two Peoples, One Place"

"Two Peoples, One Place"

By Ray Raphael and Freeman House, Two Peoples, One Place innaugurates a multi-volume Humboldt History series sponsored by the Humboldt Historical Society. Before the influx of Euro-Americans in 1850, more than 60 distinct groups of Native people lived within the region we now call Humboldt. Two Peoples, One Place chronicles the interactions between two very different traditions and their particular ways of relating to the single place they both wanted to inhabit. 352 pages $19.95




“Old Favorites from Ferndale Kitchens: The Museum Cookbook”

Now in its second edition, the 212-page cookbook is a historical paean to cooks in the past – from the ’20s through the ’50s, from round-up chow for cowboys to Primo Marca’s wedding cake recipes, from Portuguese wine cookies to the secret recipes from “the sausage wars.” Chronicling not only generations of Danish, Portuguese, English, Italian, Swiss, and German families, but also the building of a community, this bit of anecdotal Americana is $19.95


Wine & Other Delights

"Wine & Other Delights"

Compiled and illustrated by Viola Russ McBride, first edition 1980, 40 pages of historic beer and wine-making recipes, including elderflower, beet and potato wine; ginger beer, spruce beer; eggnog,  mint cordials, and Tom & Jerrys. $13.95

Wine & Other Delights



The Cowboy Cookbooks of Viola Russ McBride

"The Cowboy Cookbooks
of Viola Russ McBride"

Four of Viola’s booklets reprinted in one book, enlarged with all calligraphy and sketches as in the originals. $12.95

Congressman Don and Ollie Clausen's Cook Book

"Congressman Don and Ollie Clausen's Cook Book"

Ferndale native and 10-term north coast District 1 congressman Don Clausen passed out family cookbooks to visitors during his 20 plus years in Washington. Thanks to the generosity of the Congressman, the book, filled with tasty, old fashioned recipes, is now available in the gift shop. Some copies autographed. $5.99



Historic Photo Postcard

Historic Photo Postcards

Selected and designed by the Museum from the more than 6,000-item photo collection.

Sold exclusively here or in the Museum’s gift shop. 

6 postcards for $5 + $1 s/h

Historic Photo Postcard


Ferndale Tote Bag

Ferndale Tote Bag

Useful, attractive and unusual, our tote bags change color when exposed to sunlight. Sounds strange? Looks delightful. The bags were designed by acclaimed local artist Joan Katri, and depict notable Ferndale scenes.  $9.95


Fernbridge Centennial button

Fernbridge Centennial Button

We've duplicated the original 1911 celebration pin for the "Eel River Bridge" and added only "2011" to the date to make it the Ferndale Museum's official Fernbridge Centennial Celebration pin. $2 each or 3 for $5



Ferndale: The First Fifty Years

“Ferndale: The First Fifty Years”

A 60-minute audio CD of a history presentation by the Museum’s erudite and witty head of research, Ann Roberts, describes the pioneer journeys and hardscrabble (and amusing) lifestyles of the early settlers of Ferndale.  $9.95

Shipping by USPS
Priority Mail Envelope or Box
Fernbridge Centennial Pins,
6 postcards ship for $1
All other orders:
$5 for first item
+ $2 for each additional

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