Exhibits and Events at the Clarke, November 2021

Did you know that the Nealis Hall Native American Wing is back open to the public? Be sure to come by and see the new exhibits in Nealis Hall Tuesday-Sunday 10 am to 5 pm (Nealis Hall is closed for ongoing cultural collection care and maintenance on Mondays, the rest of the museum is open 7 days a week).

The Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov 25).

Exhibits and Displays

New! Tobacco Baskets and Tools on Loan from The Trinidad Museum

Ron Johnson, known for his fascinating in-depth catalogs on local Native basket weaving and craft traditions created this exhibit exploring the traditional cultivation, harvest, and use of a local form of tobacco for the Trinidad Museum in 2020. It features items from the Clarke Museum, Trinidad Museum, and private collections. There are also catalogs for sale that feature full-color images on all the items on display and in-depth explanations written by Ron Johnson and former Clarke Curator Coleen Kelley Marks


Weapons Vault Reopened!

The Clarke’s Weapons Vault is back open for viewing! Come see one of the most notable and extensive historic firearms collections in the county at the Museum. During most Arts Alives, historic firearms expert Dean Thomas is in the Vault to answer questions about the displays.


Victorian/Edwardian Mourning Dresses

Victorian mourning etiquette and attire could be incredibly complex and depended heavily on the social class of the mourner and their relationship to the deceased. The rules of mourning primarily affected women, especially widows, and the length of time they spent in mourning was controlled by both social and economic factors. Come learn more about this and other mourning rituals like hair art popular during the Victorian period in this exhibit.


Crazy Quilt: Art and Craft

A few years ago, Director Katie received a grant to closely study the Clarke’s Crazy Quilt collection. Crazy quilts are known for, well, their craziness- with vibrant patchwork, elaborate embroidery, and use of any kind of scrap fabric the maker could get ahold of. They were made generally in the Victorian period, which was known for its strict boundaries and expectations of women, making it an interesting outlet for women to show their creativity in an unrestrained way. This exhibit, showing off the Clarke’s significant crazy quilt collection, will be one you won’t want to miss.


Hover Case Re-install

The Hover collection is a core collection at the Museum featuring a variety of baskets from around Northwestern California. Items from the Hover Collection are rotated on and off display once a year to give the baskets and items time to rest from light exposure. The collection was begun by a Karuk weaver frequently referred to as Emma Pearch, and pieces were added to the collection by at least 2 subsequent generations of her family. It was donated to the Museum to be used for public education. A full catalog of the Hover collection (titled “The Hover Collection of Karuk Baskets”) is available for purchase at the Museum.


This reinstall, coordinated by Intern Sjell (pronounced “Shell”), explores how contemporary forces have changed and been incorporated into traditional weaving styles and formats using items in the Hover Collection.


Pine Nuts

Pine nuts are a vital food source for local tribal communities, and also frequently appear on local regalia including dresses and necklaces. Learn more about this essential seed and see examples of its use in regalia in this new exhibit.


Upcoming Events:

Frybread Love makes an appearance in Eureka! Nov 5, 3-6 pm. Preorder or buy on site!

Preorder here: http://www.clarkemuseum.org/frybread-love.html

The awesome folks at Frybread Love are coming out to Clarke Plaza and serving up Indian Tacos! They’re offering both meat and vegetarian options, plus a sweet frybread option that can only be purchased at the stand. If you order online, you’ll stop by the Clarke to get a ticket, which you’ll give to the Frybread Love folks and get your meal.


Festival de Migraciones/Migration Festival – November 6, Noon to 6 pm (followed by the official return of Arts Alive from 6 to 9 pm!)

This fun outdoor event features good music, baile folklorico or traditional dances from Central America, tasty food and drink like horchata, aguas frescas, tamales, pan dulce (sweet bread), pan de muerto (sweet bread traditionally prepared for dia de los muertos or day of the dead), and street corn, and art displays featuring traditional embroidery styles from Central and South America, sponsored by the Lisa Slack Family. In the event of rain, this event will move into the Museum.

The purpose of the Festival de Migraciones/Migrations Festival is to highlight the connections and overlap between the movement of people, plants, and animals over time and space. The Centro del Pueblo and Clarke Museum team, in hosting this event, hope to provide opportunities for the public to explore migration through all five senses in the fields of science, art, language, culture, and more.

This year’s festival will especially highlight the variety of contributions made to Humboldt County by Central and Southern American immigrants including community gardens, music, and embroidery art. Ofrendas, or altars made to remember and celebrate those who have passed away during the dia de los muertos or day of the dead festivals held in Central America in early November will also be on display, with opportunities for visitors to contribute their own images of passed loved ones to the altar.

There will also be a pickup dinner option at this event, catered by Cocina Mariposa and El Pueblo Bakery. Options include chicken, vegetarian, and chile relleno burritos, aguas frescas and horchata, and a variety of pastries including pan de muerto and conchas. Preorders are required at this pickup dinner, and orders can be placed at: http://www.clarkemuseum.org/festival-de-migraciones.html . This pickup dinner will happen regardless of the weather that day. Orders are due by end of day on Nov 3rd so order soon!

This is a COVID-conscious event and all participants will be required to wear masks indoors and outdoors unless they are in a designated food area. Public Health will be on site from noon to 4 pm administering free COVID vaccines for those who are interested.


Events Later This Year:

Here’s what’s cooking behind the scenes at the Clarke. Be among the first to know when tickets go on sale by joining our newsletter or following us on social media. Tickets will likely sell out for ticketed events very quickly once they go up for sale. Please note that any events noted as ‘in person’ may switch to be virtual depending on the COVID situation. If you have registered for an event, be sure to check your email for any updates on the event format.

Caroling at the Clarke

December’s Arts Alive (December 4) at the Clarke will be one you won’t want to miss. We’re bringing a team of carolers and their holiday cheer to Old Town in Clarke Plaza from 7-8:30 pm. There will also be popcorn and warm drinks available for sale, with the proceeds benefiting the Clarke Museum’s ongoing programming.


History and Tea Program #4

After another year to remember, the Clarke is wrapping up its 2021 History and Tea Program with a fun cocktail mixer featuring tea as the main ingredient in specialty cocktails. We are hoping to have this event in early January. Join our newsletter for updates on the format and when tickets go on sale.


Want to sponsor the event? We are looking for business and individual sponsors for the event and your name/business logo will appear on advertising and other promotional materials for the event. Email [email protected] for more information.


Nov 06 2021


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm