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SUMMER 2017: OLLI Courses

Join OLLI at HSU for a summer celebration of the Humboldt region.

 

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HISTORY

orick

Early Days in Orick: 1850s-1970s

Jim Wheeler, Ranger/Interpreter

From native villages to dairy, sheep and cattle ranches to lumber mills, State and Federal parks -- the history of Orick is rich in culture and intrigue. Learn about native Yurok people, early settlers and industries in this northern Humboldt County village and discover how its environs are similar to that of other resource-based communities throughout the region.

Wed., July 12

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

HSU Campus: Natural Resources, Rm. 101

$70 (OLLI members pay $35)

Class #: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Jim Wheeler has been an Interpreter at Redwood National and State Parks for the past 30 years after choosing Humboldt County as his home in 1983. His interests have always included the natural and cultural histories of the places he's lived in.

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Japanese big band

Sharing History So It Won't Repeat Itself

Amy Uyeki, Artist

Examine two films about persecution and discrimination in World War II. "Searchlight Serenade," a KEET PBS production, interviews former musicians imprisoned in the Japanese-American camps because of their race and ancestry. Preview a developing documentary about Marianne Pennekamp, a longtime activist who left Nazi Germany with her family to escape the Holocaust.

Wed., July 12

2-5 p.m.

HSU Campus: Natural Resources, Rm. 101

$70 (OLLI members pay $35)

Class #: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Amy Uyeki is a local multi-media artist whose most recent focus has been animation and using animation to enhance the documentary form. She was co-producer of a PBS film, "Searchlight Serenade: Big Bands in the WW2 Japanese American Incarceration Camps" with KEET television, and is currently working on a documentary with animation about Marianne Pennekamp with collaborator, Joy Hardin.

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Historical Eureka painting

Humboldt History: Ancient, Medieval & Modern

Jerry & Gisela Rohde, Historian & Naturalist

Whether you're a North Coast newcomer or old-timer, you'll enjoy this survey of the people, places, and events that make the colorful history of Humboldt County. We'll look at ranches and railroads, fires and floods, lumber mills and bald hills -- all the elements that have shaped the story of this remote and resplendent place.

Thurs., July 13

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Eureka Community Health Center, Eureka

$70 (OLLI members pay $35)

Class #: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Jerry and Gisela Rohde have taught HSU OLLI classes every session since its start. They previously taught 2-3 Elderhostel or Road Scholar courses each year. They have written four books about the Humboldt area.

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trinidad lighthouse

Historic Trinidad

Patricia Fleschner, Historian

Explore historic Trinidad, a quaint seaside city overlooking pristine beaches. Begin this walking tour in the local museum and then stroll through town to visit historic stores, hotels, restaurants, saloons, churches and more, some still standing, some no longer in evidence but with colorful histories.

Thurs., July 13

2-5 p.m.

Walking field trip: Meet at Trinidad Museum, Trinidad

$70 (OLLI members pay $35)

Class #: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Patti Fleschner is president of Trinidad Museum Society. She has led several OLLI history classes on Northwest explorers and the Gold Rush.

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postcard of Humboldt County exhibit at Expo

Humboldt County Reduced to 72 Square Feet

Jerry & Gisela Rohde, Historian & Naturalist

In 1915 surveyor and mapmaker J. N. Lentell created a huge relief map of Humboldt County for the Panama-Pacific Expo in San Francisco. It details the roads, towns, rivers, mountain ranges and vegetation as they were 102 years ago. Discover the obstacles and attractions that locals encountered while making this bountiful and beautiful place their home.

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Jerry and Gisela Rohde have taught HSU OLLI classes every session since its start. They previously taught 2-3 Elderhostel or Road Scholar courses each year. They have written four books about the Humboldt area.

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postcard of Third Street, Eureka, Calif.

Cool Time in Old Town Today

Jerry & Gisela Rohde, Historian & Naturalist

For over a century Old Town Eureka was the busy and boisterous hot spot on the North Coast. On Saturday nights, loggers, mill workers and sailors crowded the bars and brothels of 1st St. and "the Deuce" to drink, "dance," and fight. We'll saunter, sashay, and stride along the streets of Old Town discovering the "hot times" of the past.

Fri., July 15

2-5 p.m.

Walking field trip: Meet at the park at 3rd & E sts., Eureka

$70 (OLLI members pay $35)

Class #: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Jerry and Gisela Rohde have taught HSU OLLI classes every session since its start. They previously taught 2-3 Elderhostel or Road Scholar courses each year. They have written four books about the Humboldt area.

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Redwood forest

Rocks, Redwoods, Lagoons & Wildlife

Jeff Hart, Naturalist & Photographer

Explore the geological and biological agencies that fashioned Humboldt's natural wonders. Learn about the earthly physical forces that moved continents, sculpted landscapes and formed unique soils supporting endemic species of plants and ancient conifer forests. Delve into the deep history and interrelationships of Humboldt's nature in the classroom before traversing the scenic environs with a van supported field trip to explore the lagoons and bays that support wetlands and dependent wildlife and other climatic and historic factors affecting the region's biodiversity.

Sat., July 15

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

HSU Campusy: Science B, rm. 133 & Field Trip

$140 (OLLI members pay $70)

Class #: REGISTRATION CLOSED

A California native, Jeff Hart was formally educated at the University of Montana (BA, MS) and Harvard University (Ph.D.) in the biological sciences. Before moving to Humboldt County he and his wife managed a habitat restoration company, a native plant nursery, an ecotourism business, and an organic farm.

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ARTS

map book

Book Arts: Books from a Single Sheet of Paper

Michele Olsen, Book Artist

Explore origami structures created by the international book artist Hedi Kyle. The books will all be folded from a single sheet of paper and do not require glue. The instructor will provide all papers, including Humboldt County topographic maps! Structures include the Miura map fold, (Salmon) Fishbone fold, and Bamboo folder. Appropriate for beginners.

Wed., July 19

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Class #: FULL: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Michele Olsen was a college mathematics instructor for 25 years. She has been making custom books for 15 years, since joining the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild. For more information, or to contact Michele, visit her website.

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child holding bucket

How to Take Fabulous Travel Photos

Lorraine Miller-Wolf, Professional Photographer

Photographing people is a fascinating way to explore our similarities and differences. Creativity has soared as a result of the endless possibilities that the digital realm offers. Learn how to capture the essence of each person and place you photograph. Get helpful techniques to improve your photographic skills, with a focus on travel photography.

Wed., July 19

2-5 p.m.

HSU Campus: Harry Griffith Hall, rm. 117

$70 (OLLI members pay $35)

Class #: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Lorraine Miller-Wolf is a retired professional photographer. She is happiest when she is able to combine her love of photography with her love of travel! Her photographs have been exhibited extensively throughout the area and elsewhere. She has taught assorted OLLI classes over the past nine years. Check out samples of her work at www.millerwolf.com

 

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storytelling

Once There Was...Oral Storytelling

Paul Woodland, Verbal Artist

Enjoy a highly entertaining introduction of the ancient art of storytelling. Get an overview on how to collect, learn, and tell folktales with an emphasis on adapting them for practical purposes like a work presentation or entertaining your grandchildren. You'll experience numerous examples of a well-told tale throughout the session.

Thurs., July 20

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Eureka Community Health Center, Eureka

$70 (OLLI members pay $35)

Class #: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Paul Woodland is a "verbal artist," an incurable teller of tales, a devoted practitioner of the oral tradition, a legendary yarn spinner with 25 years of professional experience, and the host of the wonderful "Whippy Dip Radio Show" on KHSU.

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drawing

Drawing Demystified

Brent Eviston, Artist

Celebrate drawing by sharing numerous examples of drawing throughout art history, and also participating in the drawing process with some basic drawing exercises. Get a greater appreciation for this incredible art form as well as an understanding of how drawings are made and how anyone can participate in this very human of activities.

Thurs., July 20

2-5 p.m.

HSU Campus: Harry Griffith Hall, rm. 117

$70 (OLLI members pay $35)

Class #: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Drawing has always been Brent Eviston’s passion, as well as his primary medium of expression. After studying environmental design, an architecture-based program at Otis College of Art and Design, he has continued to study many forms of drawing, including traditional master draftsmanship, architectural drafting and illustration, master figure drawing, and anatomical drawing. In 2012 he gave a talk at TEDx Eureka, arguing that observational drawing is as essential a skill as literacy and numeracy. Eviston has taught traditional and contemporary drawing through arts institutions and organizations throughout California.

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ballet

Learn a Dance from a Classical Ballet

Nancy Call, former professional ballet dancer

Celebrate dance by stepping into the beautiful world of ballet. This workshop includes a ballet warm-up, an introduction to the ballet's story line, and working as a group to learn the specific style and formations of the dance. Feel inspired by elegant steps and enjoy pleasing music. Walk out with a deeper understanding and appreciation for classical ballet.

THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED.

Nancy Call was a professional ballet dancer with Ohio Ballet for ten years and has owned her own dance studio and taught at Humboldt State University, as well as at dance studios in the community. She is passionate about sharing the art form of ballet, which is fitness for the whole body and joy for the soul.

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social media icons

Photographs & Truth in the Age of Alternative Facts

Gabrielle Gopinath, lecturer & writer

Explore how consumption of photographs has been affected by social media platforms, apps, and the 24-hour news cycle. In the 21st century, digital media have blurred many of the traditionally observed distinctions between reality and scripted entertainment. As images of atrocity become accessible to millions of viewers in real time, delve into how they have changed the way we respond.

Fri., July 21

2-5 p.m.

HSU campus: Harry Griffith Hall, rm. 225

$70 (OLLI members pay $35)

Class #: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Gabrielle Gopinath received her doctorate in art history from Yale University. She has written about art for publications including the Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Oxford Art Journal, San Francisco Art Quarterly and Hyperallergic. Resident on the North Coast since 2014, she lectures in art history at College of the Redwoods and writes art criticism for the North Coast Journal.

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dudleya on rocks

Photographic Journey of Humboldt

Jeff Hart, Naturalist & Photographer

Explore a deeper relationship with nature as a source of beauty, health and well-being. Discover why certain types of scenery are appealing to the human psyche. Ponder nature as an expression of empathy, inspiration and spirituality. Learn about different photographic systems and how various camera settings, lens focal lengths, and photographic output can achieve different artistic outcomes.

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

A California native, Jeff Hart was formally educated at the University of Montana (BA, MS) and Harvard University (Ph.D.) in the biological sciences. Before moving to Humboldt County he and his wife managed a habitat restoration company, a native plant nursery, an ecotourism business, and an organic farm.

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redwood curtain theater facade

The Legend of Georgia McBride

Clint Rebik, Artistic Director

Explore behind the scenes of Redwood Curtain's production of this humorous and music-filled comedy about singing your own song. Discover the history of this thriving theater, take a tour and meet the production team.

For an additional fee, enjoy the performance on Saturday evening. ​

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Clint Rebik is the artistic director at Redwood Curtain Theater in Eureka.

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Environment

restoration

Restoration & Renewal of Redwood National & State Parks

Jim Wheeler, Ranger & Interpreter

Why are the parks containing some of the largest remaining stands of old-growth redwoods called "restoration parks"? How did almost two-thirds of the forested park lands get logged before park designation? Using old and more recent photographs and maps, we'll find out as we explore how Redwood National and State Parks became restoration parks.

Wed., July 26

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

$70 (OLLI members pay $35)

Class #: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Jim Wheeler has been an Interpreter at Redwood National and State Parks for the past 30 years after choosing Humboldt County as his home in 1983. His interests have always included the natural and cultural histories of the places he's lived in.

 

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hikingforest

Hiking Humboldt's Redwood Forest

Trista Dowdy & Susan Halpin, Park Rangers

This 3.5 mile hike covers redwood ecology, watershed restoration and endangered species of the reserve. The moderately strenuous hike traverses through a young to mid-aged forest with views of restored watershed areas, old-growth with a view across Salmon Creek, to the largest intact stand of ancient redwoods within the Headwaters Forest Reserve.

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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sea

A Life at Sea

Leisyka Parrott, Interpretive Specialist

Visit California Coastal National Monument in Trinidad, one of the most important seabird nesting areas on the west coast. Join this mile-long trek around Trinidad Head where some seabirds come each year to nest after traveling the world's oceans. Enjoy numerous seabird viewing opportunities and learn how thriving seabird populations are indicators of healthy marine ecosystems.

Thurs., July 27

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Walking field trip: Trinidad Head

$70 (OLLI members pay $35)

Class #: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Leisyka Parrott is an interpretive specialist at the Bureau of Land Management, Arcata Field Office. In collaboration with HSU and local partners, Leisyka is spearheading a local chapter of the Seabird Protection Network which aims to protect, monitor, interpret, restore and enjoy seabird populations.

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seal on rock in ocean

Riding the Waves of Climate Change

Brian Tissot, Marine Ecologist

What is climate change, and why should we be concerned about it? We will review scientific evidence on climate change including what it is, what causes it, and its effects on global climate. Then we'll switch gears and look at how it will influence the ocean and ocean-related activities such as marine life, fishing and surfing. We'll conclude with an examination of the politics of climate change.

Thurs., July 27

2-5 p.m.

Telonicher Marine Laboratory, Trinidad

$70 (OLLI members pay $35)

Class #: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Professor Brian Tissot is a marine ecologist who conducts research on temperate and tropical marine ecosystems. He received his Ph.D. in zoology from Oregon State University and has held positions at the University of Hawaii and Washington State University. He currently serves as the director of the Marine Laboratory at Humboldt State University and lives in Trinidad, Calif.

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low tide at marsh

Stream Channels vs. Tidal Channels

Mary Ann Madej, Geomorphology Consultant

The Humboldt Bay watershed has many freshwater streams feeding into tidal environments. Explore the physical and ecological differences between streams and tidal channels in Humboldt Bay. Examine our local waters to learn what processes form and maintain these channels, how they have changed historically, how are we restoring them and how sea level rise will affect our channels.

Fri., July 28

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka

$70 (OLLI members pay $35)

Class #: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Dr. Mary Ann Madej has studied Humboldt County rivers for 35 years and has been involved in many local restoration projects. She is excited to share her views of stream and tidal channels in their present state and her outlook for the Humboldt Bay watershed in the next few decades.

 

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climatechange

Climate Change: Facts, Fiction & Controversy

Richard Boone, Dean of the College of Natural Resources & Sciences, HSU

The future of society in the face of climate change will depend on access to information, critical thinking, objectivity, political will, and the ability to sort fact from fiction. Although rapid global climate change is not unusual, the current warming is unprecedented, because it is primarily caused by humans. This course will answer several basic but critical questions.

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Richard Boone is the dean of the College of Natural Resources & Sciences at Humboldt State University.

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resting elk

Hiking Humboldt's Redwood Parks

Jerry & Gisela Rohde, Historian & Naturalist

Experience some of the state's most magnificent redwoods on this scenic trip along the rugged Humboldt County coastline. Hikes will total approximately five miles on nearly level trails featuring streams, waterfalls, prairies, and coastal redwood forests. Enjoy lunch in one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth with possible banana slug and Roosevelt elk sightings.

Throughout the day you will have opportunities to learn about the human and natural history found in this World Heritage Site.

Sat., July 29

10 a.m.-6 p.m. [Note: Time has changed since publication]

Van Field Trip: Redwood Parks

$140 (OLLI members pay $70)

Class #: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Jerry and Gisela Rohde have led hikes in the redwoods for over 20 years. They have written three guidebooks to the local redwood parks.

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Industry

redwoodacres

Explore Entrepreneurial Ventures at Redwood Acres

Cindy Bedingfield, Executive Director

Eureka's Redwood Acres is a thriving community resource within Humboldt County. Bustling with wholesome family fun, unique opportunities, events, and positive local growth. Discover how the fairgrounds are transforming into a new business hub of Eureka and tour the 10 independently owned businesses calling it home. Bagels, desserts, animals and fitness -- there is something for everyone!

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Cindy Bedingfield has been serving as CEO of Redwood Acres for the past seven years. Prior to this, Bedingfield worked as project manager for the Jackson County Fairgrounds for 14 years and served as CEO of the Myrtle Point/Coos County Fairgrounds. In addition to working for Redwood Acres, Bedingfield partners with her daughter in an event business, UpTown Events, which has coordinated "Art in Bloom," a major street festival in Medford, Oregon, for the last 13 years.

 

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kayaking

Sea Kayaking on Humboldt Bay

Mike Zeppegno, Guide

Humboldt Bay provides a unique and diverse environment with beautiful scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities. It is the second largest natural bay in California and a main route for migratory birds, as well as a popular area for many other species of birds and marine mammals. Professional guides will escort students on a tour of natural waterfront wonders.

Thurs., Aug. 3

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Class #: FULL: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Mike Zeppegno has been sea kayaking and instructing for over ten years. He was nationally recognized as the “Instructor of the Month” by the American Canoe Association in 2015. He has been presented with many opportunities to instruct and share his passion for paddling through the local Explore North Coast Kayak Club and the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center.

 

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fire and light bowls

The Magic Behind Fire & Light Glassware

John McClurg, Owner

Hand-poured colored glass has a way of drawing the eye with the unique play of light that filters through its rich spectrum of colors and textures. Since 1995, Fire & Light has turned 9 million recycled bottles and jars into beautiful glassware sold in specialty stores around the country. Watch the artisans work and learn how they turn discarded glass into spectacular art.

Thurs., Aug. 3

2-5 p.m.

Class #: FULL: REGISTRATION CLOSED

John and Natali McClurg purchased Fire and Light in 1999. Together with a team of 20 people, Fire & Light Originals is handcrafting the beautiful giftware and colored glass dinnerware that is now shipped to specialty stores and galleries throughout the country.

 

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becks bakery

Morning Delights at Beck's Bakery

Rhonda Wiedenbeck, Owner

This workshop/tour will focus on the local grain movement, and will include an overview of the topic, discussion of the benefits and challenges of working with local grains. There will also be a hands-on demonstration showcasing how to use local grains at home in your kitchen.

Fri., Aug. 4

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Arcata

$70 (OLLI members pay $35)

Class #: REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Rhonda Wiedenbeck is the owner of Beck's Bakery, a wholesale bread bakery in Arcata, Calif. She had always dreamed of starting and running a bakery. After she gained experience in baking and large-scale food production, and thanks to help from the North Coast Small Business Development and a Kickstarter campaign in 2012, she started Beck's Bakery.

 

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wrangletown cider

Tasting Tour: Alchemy Distillery & Wrangletown Cider

Amy & Steve Bohner & Pat Knittel, Owners

Through this unique tour, you'll explore Alchemy Distillery to learn the process of distilling whiskey, gin and bourbon from local grains. Head over to the Creamery District to enjoy small-batch, dry, bottle-conditioned ciders featuring apples from local family-owned orchards. Taste the fine, small lot wines from grapes sourced in Humboldt, Mendocino and Jackson Counties.

Fri., Aug. 4

2-3:30 p.m. & 4-5 p.m.

Arcata

$70 (OLLI members pay $35)

Class #: REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Alchemy Distillery is owned by husband-and-wife team Steve and Amy Bohner. Their goal is to create small batches of high-quality spirits using grains sourced as locally as possible. Their brand name BOLDT pays homage to their day jobs -- owning a construction company -- as well as tribute to their gorgeous County of Humboldt.

Wrangletown Cider Maker Pat Knittel was born to be outdoors growing up in a small town outside of Eureka in Humboldt County. Her father, a geologist, imparted a strong appreciation for the science of nature. She learned to have a critical eye for the influence of soils via the family vegetable garden. Knittel's approach to cider is informed by her strong background in producing fine wines.  What the materials express will determine the approach to making the best cider or wine. Knittel also makes small lots of pinot noir, carignane and syrah for her label North Story Wines, which is located in  Wrangletown Cider Company's facility.

 

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farm share veggies

Growing Local: Redwood Roots Farm

Janet Czarnecki, Farmer

Tour this diverse Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and market garden that has been providing fresh vegetables, flowers, herbs, and berries since 1998. Situated in the beautiful Jacoby Creek Valley in Bayside, the farm aims to cultivate strong connections between people, their food, and the natural environment.

Sat., Aug. 5

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Bayside

$70 (OLLI members pay $35)

Class #: REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Janet Czarnecki is the farmer and owner of Redwood Roots Farm. She is a grower with more than 25 years experience in community and small-scale organic agriculture. Her hands helped shape the fifth CSA in the country, as well as many community, educational, and market gardens in Michigan and California.

 

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historical logging photo

Redwoods Sawed & Saved

Jerry & Gisela Rohde, Historian & Naturalist

Journey through the tumultuous times of the Humboldt timber conflict. For over a century, redwood lumber was the county's largest industry. Early "choppers" hand cut 20-foot-diameter trees and logging railroads wound through primeval forests. Lumbermen controlled the county's destiny until preservationists halted the cutting of the "finest stand of redwoods on earth."

Sat., Aug. 5

2-5 p.m.

HSU Campus: Science B, rm. 133

$70 (OLLI members pay $35)

Class #: REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

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