Covering almost 100 years, the new campus photo history book titled Humboldt State University shares the growth of the college on the hill over Arcata. A loyal alumna, Katy Tahja shares her love for her alma mater in this new book debuting just in time for the May 2010 commencement ceremonies.
Tahja approached the university’s administration proposing a new photo history of the campus produced in time to help celebrate the upcoming centennial in 2013. Having a friendship with University librarian Joan Berman for 30 years, the author knew there was a treasure trove of photos to access on campus. The summer of 2009 was spent sorting through thousands of images old and new to find 220 photographs that best told the history of the university. Add about 8,000 words of text and what exists is a delightful, informative look at the yesterdays of Humboldt State.
From the early years when each dorm room came with a wood burning stove, to the WWII years when blimps flew over a camouflage painted Founders Hall, from student protests in the 1960s, to a new sustainability graduation pledge for the new century, readers follow Humboldt State history through chapters devoted to each of the six presidents of the institution.
In 1967 the author was Kathleen Alban, a co-ed coming to Humboldt for several reasons. She jokes it was as far away as she could get from her parents and still stay in the California state higher education system. But she also wanted a natural world of green forests and rushing rivers and a campus small enough to develop personal relationships with her professors. At Humboldt State she found what she was looking for.
This book is available at the HSU Bookstore, independent local retailers, and on-line. A challenge is out to all Humboldt State alumni to find themselves in the photos in this book. Go Look!