School days, time pieces, and more at the Depot Museum

Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

Victorian homes and architecture are usually associated with the town of Ferndale, but Fortuna has its share and they will be highlighted in a display at the Depot Museum this fall. "Victorian Homes of Fortuna" is one of three exhibits that will be displayed in the museum, which highlights 19th century architecture and interior decoration, and includes photographs and information.

Two other displays will be on rotation: "Rohnerville: the Busiest Little Town in the County," and "School Days."

"The Rohnerville display explores the often-surprising history of Fortuna's southern suburb, once the town with the third largest population in Humboldt County," said Depot Museum Curator Alex Service.

The "School Days" exhibit includes the Rohnerville Schoolhouse bell, cast in San Francisco in 1872, along with diplomas, school photographs, textbooks, 19th century record books from Rohnerville School, and an eighth-grade graduation dress worn in the 1930.

Also new on display is a 1906 Victor Talking Machine Victrola and record collection. The Victrola, which still works and can be demonstrated by museum staff, was donated to the Depot Museum by Fortuna City Council Member Mike Losey and his wife Lisa, in memory of Mr. Losey's sister, Juanita Ziegler.

There is also a new exhibit in the display case, just inside the front door of the Depot Museum, which is located in Fortuna's Rohner Park. Produced in partnership with the Relic Accumulators' Club, the exhibit for the month of September features "horology," the art and science of making timepieces and measuring time.

"On display are clocks from 200 years in the past, and more modern examples including a binary clock which displays the current time, to the second, in the language of computers," Service said.

Photo by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

New exhibits this fall at the Depot Museum in Fortuna include the old Rohnerville Schoolhouse bell and photos of the Friendly City's Victorian homes. The Depot Museum is open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.