Clarke Historical Museum: Members Only Preview Night

The Clarke Museum will be hosting a members-only preview on Friday, September 1st, from 5 pm to 7 pm for the new Main Hall exhibit Stitched in Time: Humboldt County’s Quilted History. The exhibit will showcase important historical pieces including the Ulysses S. Grant Quilt, the Blue Lake Quilt, and many other masterpieces that embody the county's rich quilting heritage from the 19th century to the present day.  The preview evening features a panel of four local quilting experts: Suzie Freeze, Joyce Turner, Yvonne Jolley, and Sally Fry, and guests will have the opportunity to ask them about their expertise and quilting experiences.

“We are thankful to all of our panelists for their willingness to share their wisdom,” says Clarke Executive Director-Curator Josh Buck.

If you would like to attend this event and are not a current member of the Clarke, sign up today at We greatly appreciate our members' continued support, and this event is just one way we try to return the favor.

Four new exhibits will also be opening in Nealis Hall, the Native American wing of the Clarke:

Weaving Wonders: Exceptional Design explores design experimentation, expression, and creation in the art and practice of weaving

Traditional Legacy: Baskets From the 1800 features baskets that were in use prior to colonization of the area in the 1850s

Wiyot People, Places, and Practices showcases the rich Wiyot culture and history, through documentary film, language, basketry, archival material and more

The Becker Collection, a collection of primarily Yurok cultural heritage items donated to the Clarke Museum by John Becker, a local antiquities collector and trader.

The new mini seasonal exhibit, Celebrating the Harvest in the Emmerson Room (aka the Victorian Room) provides a snapshot into the agriculture of Humboldt County during the Victorian Era. The exhibit includes clothing and tools that would have been worn and used by people of that time period during the fall harvest.

Photo caption and credit: The Banner Quilt (also known as the Grant Quilt), gifted from the Ladies Social Circle of Eureka to Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant – photo from the Clarke collection

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