of the TRINIDAD MUSEUM SOCIETY
Spring 2009 Editors: Ned Simmons & Patti Fleschner 707 677-0716 or 677-3816
WHEN WILL TRINIDAD MUSEUM OPEN?
Board members are asked this every day. Our answer has to be "soon".
The disabled ramp, steps, and front planter box are underway. The interior of the 1899-1900 bungalow is beautifully finished and painted with wainscoting, the original ceilings and redwood and oak flooring, charming period lighting, and gorgeous doors. Electricity is on. Have you noticed the soft, subtle night lighting designed by Glenn Stockness of Freeman and Associates? Water has yet to be hooked up but this will happen shortly. The old museum is closed and fifteen pick-up loads of museum furnishings have been transferred to the new museum with more to come.
COOPERATION and COORDINATION
Humboldt North Coast Land Trust past president Gail Kenny continues to chair the Joint Committee Meetings with Trinidad Museum, Trinidad Library, Saunders Park, HNCLT and City representatives on a mostly monthly basis.
Most of the infrastructure concerns: electricity, telephone, cable, septic, water, road, pathways, parking, and common areas, are shared by the different projects. The Joint Committee meets to advance all of the details.
Charles Netzow and Scott Baker continue to represent the Museum, while Gail Kenny and Beverly Zeman speak for the Land Trust. Kathy Bhardwaj and Don Ratzlaff are City representatives. Roland Johnson and Don Blue are Library spokesmen.
ALLIE LINDGREN TO SPEAK at CNPS
Allie Lindgren will be guest speaker at the California Native Plant Society and Friends of the Dunes Education Day forum on May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Manila Community Center.
She will give a presentation on Native American uses of native plants and food preservation and display Native American carvings. Allie is a Yurok Tribal member, a director of Trinidad Museum Society and a fifth generation member of the Tsurai Ancestral Society, descendants of the original inhabitants of Tsurai Village.
TRINIDAD BROWNIES CAME in LIKE LIONESSES
by Jill Mefford
Last summer the Troop donated and planted 200 tiny, bare root beach strawberries in the garden. Those little plants, in full bloom now, have beautifully carpeted a large area and soon the strawberries will be ripening, providing food for wildlife (and Brownies?).
The original idea was to help create a butterfly garden. Acentral feature of the garden designed by Nancy Rehg is a meadow of native clumping grasses and flowers. Blue lupine, yarrow, goldenrod, pearly-everlasting, fire weed, along with the grasses, will provide habitat and food for butterflies and more. Recently the museum garden committee had assembled about a hundred Pacific fountain grasses, reed grasses, and blue-eyed grass (actually a small, spreading iris) ready for planting. In short order, these energetic little girls, and one strong Boy Scout brother, carefully amended the soil, planted and watered everything, and were looking for more work. Next time, we'll sign them up for weeding!
Highlights of the visit were the frogs swimming in the pond, and the masses of frog eggs yet to hatch. A possible "mountain beaver" (Aplodontia) habitat was very intriguing. Best of all, the abundant Franciscan clay ("blue goo") made fine pots, bowls, and balls during breaks in the work.
Graphic designer(ret), Trinidad Bay Bed and Breakfast owner, Trinidad Volunteer Fire Department member, City Councilman and Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce board member Mike Morgan had a little spare time. So he designed and executed Trinidad Museum's brand new web site, trinidadmuseum.org. It is in (the very first phase of) development, but even in its beginning stages, it is beautiful and easy to navigate.
REST in PEACE FRIENDS
Long time Trinidad Museum benefactors Dr. Ray Davis, Ruth Greenburg, and Grant Ferguson have passed away recently. They have given time, encouragement, talent, and resources to make the old, and the new museum, possible.
Rev. Bob Talmadge, Leslee Moribito, and Wendy Ewald all have played a role in the museum's success as well, and their creativity, energy, and goodness are greatly missed.
The lives and the exemplary work of these Trinidad Museum members and supporters always will be held in the highest regard.
BOOK and PHOTOGRAPH NEWS
By Joan Berman and Rebekka Knierim
The Museum’s photograph collections will soon be more visible, both online and in an upcoming book. Historian Dione Armand is hard at work researching a new pictorial book on Trinidad to be published late in 2009 in the Arcadia Images of America series. TMS Board member Joan Berman is implementing a grant project in collaboration with the HSU Library to digitize the Katie Boyle Collection – this should be available on the TMS website by the end of the summer. HSU grad Rebekka Knierim has been working on this and other projects.
In 2007 I began volunteering at Trinidad Museum Society, working with Ned Simmons with the goal of creating a complete inventory of Trinidad Museum acquisitions. We began with the photograph collection. The bulk of these were received from Katie Boyle who, as most of you probably know, was a long time resident and recorder of local history through photography: her originals, as well as shots taken of historical photographs and old family albums. Last year I began working on the project to digitize nearly 1,800 of Katie’s negatives, complete with her descriptions. Up until now, only a selection of these photos was available for viewing at Trinidad Museum. This project has been a blast! It has been wonderful to work so closely with Ned and Joan uncovering the many layers of Trinidad history and I feel very fortunate to now have such strong visual knowledge of the last 125 years of this area. In addition, we are finally completing that inventory list of TMS acquisitions just in time for the move to our new location!
NATIVE PLANT GARDEN'S FIRST VISITORS
The North Coast Garden Event in April, sponsored by Trinidad Civic Club and Patrick's Point Garden Club, included a noon tour by about thirty enthusiastic visitors to the Museum Native Plant Garden to the west and north of the museum building.
Ron Johnson and Virginia Waters showed the embankment, pathway, and pond plantings and growth progress, even with deer, crows, and critters all showing intense interest in the new shoots.
The hundreds of hours that these volunteers, along with Jill Mefford, Nancy Rehg, Jim Waters, Ingrid Bailey, Melanie Johnson, the CCC and the Brownies,have spent nurturing a garden to last for generations, are well spent and greatly appreciated.
After a year or two the garden should require very little water and be much less labor intensive.
CALIFORNIA COASTAL NATIONAL MONUMENT
Trinidad Museum continues to be an active partner with the California Coastal National Monument along with the City of Trinidad, HSU Marine Laboratory, Trinidad Rancheria, Yurok Tribe, Tsurai Ancestral Society, Department of Fish and Game and California State Parks.
BEN B. CHENEY FOUNDATION GRANT
Tacoma-based Ben B. Cheney Foundation recently invested further in Trinidad Museum with the generous gift of $6,000 for exhibit cases, stands, display equipment and lighting. This followed their generous gift last year of $10,000 toward finishing the building.
Cheney Lumber Company owned much timber land in the Westhaven area. And even though the company no longer owns timber resources here, the Cheney family and Foundation board of directors has chosen to support cultural and educational enrichment and the general welfare of communities where timber production occurred.
TMS IS GRATEFUL to RECENT MAJOR BENEFACTORS
IN ADDITION, heartfelt thanks to the artists and the purchasers at last year's CHAIRS! gala:
TRINIDAD MUSEUM DOCENTS
The docents at Trinidad Museum sometimes are the first people visitors meet in Trinidad.
If you read the handwritten comments in the heavy, ancient guest book at the museum, you get a sense of how important these welcoming, knowledgeable people are to new friends and old.
Docents volunteer hours of their summer to making a museum visit one that is memorable. The variety of visitor interests is fascinating. Some want to know about everything: the whaling, basket-making, mushrooms, sea life, the whale bones, the historic photographs, Tsurai history, the Axel Lindgren canoe, the Susan Morton mural, the "touch-me" table and the fox pelt, the stuffed hawk, the artifacts, the garden, and the California Coastal National Monument story. They stay all afternoon. Others quickly and quietly inquire about one or two aspects of Trinidad's cultural or natural history.
Here are last summer's volunteers: Jill Mefford, Allie Lindgren, Tom Odom, Don and Barbara Ratzlaff, Sharon Malm-Read, Pam Topolewski, Vicki Farmer, Melanie Johnson, Nancy Mackie, Maria Bartlett, Pat Collum, Georgeanne d'Usseau, Mary Taylor, Bev Zeman, Ned Simmons, Rebekka Knierim, and Patti Fleschner.
Editor Note: If you would like to hear about docent training and the fun of being a volunteer please call Patti at 707-677-3816.
Trinidad Museum Society
P. O. Box 1126
400 Janis Court
Trinidad, California 95570