The Kern River Valley Historical Society is celebrating over 50 years of operation! Our mission is to preserve and communicate the rich and colorful history of this region. The Kern Valley Museum in downtown Kernville, next to the Post Office, welcomes visitors to explore our rich history.

What's Happening


Sometimes it does us good to stop, sit back, and observe. It gives us time to think and to appreciate.  In particular, let’s consider our Historical Society. We do a lot and it is quite extraordinary. We enrich our community and we do this through our volunteers. It takes a cumulative effort and we have been doing this for a long time.  A partial list of the many things we do include general meetings, field trips, education programs, movies-under-the-stars, gift shop, research at the Annex, publicity, docent coordinating, docent training, museum maintenance, curator, fundraising, and History Days. We also participate in community activities such as the Christmas Parade and Whiskey Flats. The list goes on and on. It’s hard to keep track of all of it and I know I left things out. But you can see from this list that we don’t test the waters lightly, no, we cannon ball in! That is who we are! The thing is this, we could not pay someone to do all that we do even if we could afford to do so.  How on earth could we possibly find someone who could do all of this? Of course, you know the answer, we couldn’t. Our Historical Society is something to be proud of and it is you, our volunteers that make it so special. I thank each and everyone of you! You are the reason for our success.                                   Ron