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November 6, 2021
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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These popular Humboldt County Historical Society Lectures happen monthly, via Zoom. Sign up ahead of time to get your Zoom invitation and be ready to go on Saturday!
Free, sponsored by the Humboldt County Historical Society.
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2:30 PM Humboldt County Historical Society Lecture, 'A Life in History' with Ray Raphael (Zoom)

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Notable historian Ray Raphael, who has chronicled the history of our region and also our nation, speaks on 'A Life in History'. You may know him as the coauthor, with Freeman House, of 'Two Peoples, One Place' (a history of the early years of Humboldt County, to 1882) or as the author of 'The People's History of the American Revolution' and other books on the founding of the United States of America and the Constitution.

Humboldt County Historical Society Library Lectures
First Saturday of Every Month
   Ray Raphael, author and historian
Ray Raphael
November 6 - 'A Life in History' with Ray Raphael

Keep up with Ray Raphael and see the list of his books at

Half-a-century past, Ray Raphael's first book  -- 'An Everyday History of Somewhere' -- featured interviews with old-timers in the backwoods of Northwest California. In works that followed -- 'Edges', 'Tree Talk', and 'Cash Crop' -- he examined themes of regional interest around the stories of first-person informants. Years later, when turning his attention to this country's founding era, Raphael continued this approach with such books as 'A People's History of the American Revolution, How the Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence' and 'Founders, the People Who Brought You a Nation.

Now a certified old-timer at age 78, Raphael reverses the lens and interviews himself. How has history shaped him, and how has he shaped history? He reflects on his work in the Peace and Civil Rights movements of the 1960's, his experience as a back-to-the-land settler in the 1970's and 1980's, and his effort, along with other teachers and historians, to make our national origin stories more inclusive.

History/herstory is an interconnected montage of individual experiences, each life part of the whole. By placing his own story in historical context, Ray Raphael offers a template for all of us to reflect on our life stories and place them in historical context.

Coming Up on December 4 - Humboldt County Lighthouses, with Julie Clarke

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If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, there are a few useful videos created by the HSU Library to help you out:

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