Clarke Historical Museum celebrates HSU centennial year
EUREKA- In celebration of Humboldt State University’s centennial year the Clarke Museum in Old Town is displaying their newest exhibit in honor of the school
"For this region, Humboldt State has played a significant part. They have changed with the times as the region has," said director Ben Brown.
In the mid 1900's the school was called Humboldt State Normal School and had just 15 students in its first class. Brown said,
"In that display it highlites the first graduating class and the development of the university, it really was a fight between the towns in this area as to where the school would be located."
It was during that time period when Brown said Elta Cartwright became a star and known as the school’s first Olympian.
"She was a local track star, she went to Eureka High School and did fantastic," said Brown.
Cartwright was known as "Cinder Elta" and was the first woman picked for the United States Olympic track and field team in 1928. The key to the city was presented to her when she returned home from playing in the games in Amsterdam.
"She did not win any medals” said Brown, but “Humboldt loved her and when she returned home there were big parades and she came through town on a decorated train."
Along with her accomplishments the museum also takes a glimpse into ITEPP, a multi-cultural program for Native American students.
"They were one of the first programs to start making individual sashes to really recognize the Native American students that went through,” said Brown.