HAPA and Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center Join Forces to Celebrate Local History

HAPA and Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center Join Forces to Celebrate Local History

Garberville, California, September 8, 2023–The Humboldt Area Peoples Archive (HAPA) is proud to announce a ground-breaking partnership with the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. HAPA is a grassroots historical organization committed to preserving the history of counterculture and back-to-the-land in Humboldt. Through this innovative partnership, local history will be tapped as a priceless resource for local businesses and tourism.

“This partnership is an important step toward promoting economic growth and cultural enrichment because of our shared commitment to showcasing the activism, culture, and innovation that have marked Humboldt since the 1960s. By showcasing our history, we hope to attract tourists, encourage small local businesses, and ensure that our community’s legacy endures,” says Yvonne Hendrix, Executive Director of the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center.

According to Nicole Riggs, Executive Director at HAPA, “We think that our history is more than just a collection of tales from the past; we see it as a vital thread that unites our community and enhances the experiences of those who visit. Back-to-the-landers, hippie innovators and iconoclasts have made their mark on our region, creating the Mateel Community Center, fighting for their 4th Amendment rights, establishing the Redwoods Rural Health Center, writing and performing plays like the Pure Schmint Players’ Vibram Soul or Human Nature Theater’s Queen Salmon, developing solar power, publishing local news, literature and political thought with Star Root, Mulch Gulch and others. Working with the Southern Humboldt Chamber & Visitors Bureau enables us to realize this vision and turn our past into a valuable resource for all.”

The Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is hosting a soft opening of the new exhibits, one on the origins of the Civil Liberties Monitoring Project and Independent Press from the Underground, on Friday, September 15 at 5 p.m. at 782 Redwood Drive in Garberville. Keep an eye out for exciting upcoming events and initiatives that will commemorate Humboldt’s history and make it a destination for visitors and locals.

Contact the following for media inquiries or additional information:
Yvonne Hendrix
Executive Director
Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center

HAPA is a grassroots historical organization with a mission to preserve, protect, and promote the rare histories of change in Humboldt from the 1960s to now. Through engaging exhibits, educational programs, and preservation efforts, HAPA ensures that our heritage continues to thrive for generations. Learn more at humboldtareaarchive.org

About Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center: Since 1941, the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center has been working to enhance Southern Humboldt’s quality of life & environment by promoting tourism & assisting local businesses to expand and prosper. We are the first Visitor’s Center you come across when entering Humboldt County from the south.

The Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center Receives A $9,000.00 Donation From Tanya & Gregory Musgrave, Julia Morgan Redwood Grove

The Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center Receives A $9,000.00 Donation From Tanya & Gregory Musgrave, Julia Morgan Redwood Grove

[Humboldt County, CA] The Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center (SHCOC) is proud to announce the results of the recent 2nd Annual Fireman’s Ball at the Benbow Historic Inn, which raised more than $3,000.00.  The Briceland Volunteer Fire Department was announced as the drawing winner for the pot of money.  Tanya and Greg Musgrave, in conjunction with Julia Morgan Redwood Grove (JMRG), having learned of the results, wished to extend further contributions to the remaining fire departments who participated in the event.  The SHCOC has received a $9,000.00 donation from the Musgraves to be split equally among the other seven volunteer fire departments in attendance.

Tanya Musgrave, JMRG, stated, “Our local fire departments are a critical component of community services. We wish to recognize the efforts made by SHCOC to support these services by providing a triple match donation to the event participants.” She emphasized the significance and importance of all Volunteer Fire Fighting organizations in the rural areas and wanted to show their gratitude towards the seven other local Volunteer Fire Departments that participated by making a donation to each of them.

Each of the seven Volunteer Fire Departments that were present will receive a donation of $1,286.00, which the SHCOC will distribute. These departments are Redway Fire Protection District, Whitethorn Fire Protection District, Garberville Fire Protection District, Salmon Creek VFD, Telegraph Ridge VFD, Miranda VFD, and Sprowel Creek VFD.

Yvonne Hendrix, Executive Director of the SHCOC, stated, “The Fireman’s Ball was established to unite the community and show gratitude towards the firefighters and their teams. In addition, the event serves as an opportunity to raise significant funds for supporting a local fire department.” Ms. Hendrix went on to say, “We hope to grow the event and be able to award donations to multiple organizations annually. The Musgraves helped us achieve that goal this year, and we are overwhelmed by this extremely generous donation.”

ABOUT JMRG: The Julia Morgan Redwood Grove is a historic estate located in Benbow that provides historic tours, charity fundraisers, and lodging and is an exclusive wedding venue.  The property was originally commissioned by Margaret Stewart, a San Francisco Hotel heiress, in 1926. The renowned architect Julia Morgan, who also worked on Hearst Castle in California, designed it. This remarkable estate, renovated in 2000, captures the essence of the natural beauty and original perspective Julia Morgan emulated during the original project with stunning scenery, lush landscaping, vibrant water, and majestic redwoods.

ABOUT SHCOC: The Visitor’s Center, situated at the southern entrance of Humboldt, is the first stop for tourists. It has been proudly serving the community since 1941. Over the years, we have evolved alongside Southern Humboldt, and our objective is to represent and endorse the entire region, including the county line ranch to the south, Shelter Cove to the west, Blocksburg to the east, Rio Dell to the north, and all the areas in between. Our Chamber of Commerce is committed to offering valuable assistance to small businesses in our communities and acting as a trustworthy resource for the community. Furthermore, as a Visitor Center, we offer assistance to thousands of tourists through various means, including phone calls, emails, and walk-ins.

VFDs Keep Us Safe!

VFDs Keep Us Safe!

Did you know that in 2018 local VFDs (volunteer fire departments) dedicated well over 100,000 volunteer hours to keep our communities safe?  Their dedication to our communities is amazing.  Many of our local VFDs make do with aging equipment and apparatus; they continue to patch together repairs on deteriorating fire houses; and, it’s a challenge to find, retain and train volunteer fire fighters.  Time and time again these committed individuals help us out of disasters of all shapes and sizes.  Let’s do them a solid; pick a firehouse and send them some monetary love.  Just do it.  Donate today!! It’ll make you feel good and it assures that these VFDs continue to be available to help.  And, if you have it in you, volunteer!!

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Why Go Local?

Why Go Local?

By choosing local and independent businesses, you not only enjoy a more personal experience, you help!


BUILD COMMUNITY:  The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood-scale businesses and the public space around them build relationships and community cohesiveness.  They’re the ultimate social networking sites.

STRENGTHEN YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY:  Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain—a benefit we all can bank on.

SHAPE OUR CHARACTER:  Independent businesses help give your community its distinct personality

YOU CAN BUY IT WHERE YOU TRY IT:  Local stores enable you to try on and try out items before you buy—and get real expertise—saving your time and money.

CREATE A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT:  Independent, community-serving businesses are people-sized.  They typically consume less land, carry more locally-made products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution.

LOWER TAXES:  More efficient land use and more central locations mean local businesses put less demand on our roads, sewers, and safety services.  They also generate more tax revenue per sales dollar.  The bottom line:  a greater percentage of local independent businesses keeps your taxes lower.

ENHANCE CHOICES:  A wide variety of independent businesses, each serving their customers’ tastes, creates greater overall choice for all of us.

INCREASE WEALTH OF RESIDENTS: The multiplier effect created by spending locally generates lasting impact on the prosperity of local organizations and residents.

CREATE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES:  Not only do independent businesses employ more people directly per dollar of revenue, they also are the customers of local printers, accountants, wholesalers, farms, attorneys, etc., expanding opportunities for local entrepreneurs.

GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY:  Small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big businesses.

ENHANCE LOCAL DEMOCRACY:  Local ownership of business means residents with roots in the community are involved in key development decisions that shape our lives and local environment.

ENHANCE HEALTH OF RESIDENTS:  Research shows a strong correlation between the percentage of small locally-owned firms and various indicators of personal community health and vitality.

This article was originally published by the American Independent Business Alliance. (AMIBA.net/localhero)

 Chamber News Updates-June 11, 2020

 Chamber News Updates-June 11, 2020

Local Businesses Start To Re-Open

Humboldt County, along with the rest of California, is slowly beginning to open up after the Shelter in Place order shut down all but the most essential businesses.  Governor Newsom has outlined a four-phase plan to reopen the state; our own county health officer, Dr. Teresa Frankovich, is implementing that plan with optimistic caution for our community.  At this writing many of our local retail stores have re-opened.  Most restaurants are open for curbside, to-go orders, with some now offering restricted dine-in services.  Hotels, motels and campgrounds are currently closed to all but local Humboldt County residents and essential workers working in/traveling through Humboldt County.  Some RV parks are accepting fully self-contained RVs; keep in mind that many of the public facilities (bathrooms, showers, laundry, etc.) at these areas remain closed.  Patrons of these businesses should be prepared to wear a mask, maintain 6 feet of physical distance, and use hand-sanitizer or wear gloves. Stay safe So Hum!!

Helpful links:

For a categorized listing of open businesses in Humboldt County: www.humboldtgov.org/2770/Certified-Business-Lists

Current local health orders: www.humboldtgov.org/2725/Local-Orders

Up-to-date County news bulletins: www.humboldtgov.org/2703/Related-News

Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce: email: chamber@garberville.org or call (707) 923-2613

June is #GreatOutdoorsMonth

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is kicking off their Great Outdoors campaign.  Right here in Humboldt County you can enjoy some amazing adventures in our own backyard including the Lost Coast Headlands, Headwaters Forest Reserve and the Paradise Royale Loop.  One of the Top 20 Mountain Biking opportunities on BLM land in the United States, the Paradise Royale Loop is located in the King Range Conservation Area.  This approximately 12-mile loop of single-track fun is designed to be ridden clockwise (north) in order to enjoy all the features of the trail.  This physically demanding trail provides a fun challenge for intermediate to advanced riders.  You’ll want to save some energy for the Bike Terrain Park at Tolkan Campground.  We strongly encourage you to contact the BLM office in Whitethorn at (707) 986-5400 to confirm that trails are open.  Campgrounds in the area are not yet open due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Check out their website for more information www.blm.gov/visit and for information about COVID-19 restrictions check out www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/california/king-range-national-conservation-area

Fourth of July Fireworks Show Cancelled

Like many community events in this unprecedented year, the annual 4th of July fireworks show in Benbow has been cancelled. The State and County protocols due to COVID-19, uncertainty about the ability to gather as a community on the 4th, and a lack of fundraising opportunities led to this decision.  We are very saddened. However, Soroptimists International of the Redwoods will have their “safe and sane” fireworks available for sale starting June 30 and continue through July 4.  Their kiosk will be open from 11am – 6pm each day and is located in the parking lot of Ray’s Food Place, 875 Redwood Drive, Garberville.