The Kern River Valley Historical Society has been in operation for over 40 years. Our mission is to preserve and communicate the rich and colorful history of this region. To achieve these goals we have established the Kern Valley Museum in downtown Kernville next to the Post Office.
The Curator’s Corner

We’re continuing to dig for treasure and having a great time doing it! ...

Recently we cleaned out the curator’s closet at the west end of the building.

It was a huge task, but great fun!

Here are a few of the treasures that Charlie Gregory and I found:

- A huge scrapbook of photographs of the building of the Isabella Dam. It documents the work that each individual contractor did. There are literally hundreds of photos!

- A set of ivory chopsticks and a knife in a beautiful carrying case. The note with it says it was found near Keyesville. It is already in the Chinese display case in the Museum.

- A small retort that individual miners used to separate the gold from the mercury amalgam. The three-legged stand is missing, but I’ll have one made. This is a very rare item!

- A whole box of Native American baskets and bead work donated by Gil and Rose Bush. These will soon be in the Native American display in the art room.

We are so fortunate to have these treasures that are donated by the local community!

We will do our best to catalog them and get them on display or make them available at the annex as soon as possible!

- Dianna Anderson 



49 Big Blue Road
PO Box 651
Kernville, CA 93238
(760) 376-6683
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Thursday - Sunday

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