News for History students - 5/1/2023

1) Clarke Historical Museum's First Saturday Lecture Series, May 6

Photographer Diana Schoenfeld shares her Schoolhouse Odyssey - more than two decades of photographing America's often forgotten one room schoolhouses. Begun in 1995 in Humboldt Country, continuing across the United States, from Vermont to California, from the Deep South to the Pacific Northwest, Schoenfeld has also gathered memories from former teachers and students as long ago as 1916. This event will be in person and live-streamed on YouTube. A link will be provided before the event and you can either check back here or email to obtain it. 

2) Volunteers sought for Latinx Graduation

El Centro for Academic Excellence is seeking volunteers for its upcoming Latinx Graduation ceremony on Friday, May 12, at 6 p.m. We will provide all volunteers with training and a delicious meal. Plus, if you need volunteer hours, this is a great opportunity to earn them. If you are interested in joining us, please fill out this form.

3) ideaFest, May 5

Cal Poly Humboldt’s annual ideaFest extravaganza showcases hundreds of research and creative projects from students, staff, and faculty over the past year. This year, more than 200 projects will be on display at the Library. See the full list of abstracts and presentations through the years. Art and performances include a sculpture walk (guided tours beginning at noon), film screenings, dance, music, writing, and more. See a schedule of performances here. Sponsored by the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, Marketing & Communications, and the Library in collaboration with the Colleges, ideaFest is free and open to the campus community and the public. Refreshments will be served.

4) "The Clarke Historical Museum: Past and Present," May 8

12 p.m. OLLI Brown Bag Lunch Online Presentation (via Zoom) with Josh Buck, executive director/curator of the Clarke Historical Museum, a board member of the Timber Heritage Association, a historical consultant and educator.  The Clarke Museum is Humboldt County's largest museum and features many artifacts from the varied history of northwestern California. One of the unique qualities of the Clarke is that it is a living history museum, in that there are very few artifacts that are always on display. However, the museum does have a few that can be found year-round. Find out what the museum has on display, and the process by which exhibits are curated. In addition, learn how the museum was formed and provide a quick history of the buildings that now house the collection. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer at the Clarke, and you will find out how to get involved. Learn more or join via Zoom here.

5) Commencement information

Graduates, find out everything you need to know about the spring 2023 Cal Poly Humboldt commencement ceremony for you and your guests! See here.


History Club meeting, May 5

The History Club's final meeting of the spring 2023 semester will be May 5 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in FH 163. 

History writing tutors

The History Department is offering FREE WRITING TUTORS to any student enrolled in a History class! Writing Tutors can assist with crafting a thesis, proofreading, choosing correct grammar, and understanding how to effectively structure an essay, research paper, slideshow, or any other writing assignment. Reach out today to one of our Certified Writing Aces (not a real thing, but it sounds impressive), Dakota Adelmann ( and Ian Jones (! Please contact them directly to make an appointment.