This advertisement from a 1902 Eureka High School “Sequoia” illustrates Humboldt County’s dependence upon commerce by sea.(Ray Hillman — Contributed)

Professional historian Ray Hillman will presents “Humboldt Links to The Golden Gate” at the Humboldt County Historical Society program meeting on Saturday at 1 p.m., in the first-floor conference room of the Humboldt County Library, 1313 Third St., Eureka. Admission is free, and everyone is invited.

Hillman will present a slide show and also artifacts as he shares the many and diverse ways that the San Francisco Bay Area is linked with the Humboldt Bay area. Some are obvious, like maritime commerce and the Northwestern Pacific Railroad. Not so well known are: a woman commercial photographer; the architects behind well-known local buildings; the sculptor who created the McKinley statue; the warship built in San Francisco and wrecked near Eureka; and more.

Hillman is a well-known historian with a specialty in regional history. For over 30 years, he has studied, lectured and written about many aspects of the history of Northwest California. This program will draw together interesting findings from his work.

For more information, contact the Humboldt County Historical Society at 707-445-4342 or visit


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