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

Ernie Anderson, research geologist, will lead a cross-valley field trip, stopping first at Weldon where we’ll discuss issues such as valley erosion, sedimentation, stream piracy, damming and backfilling.  We continue along Sierra Way and make several stops to view special features of the granite rocks of the Sierra Batholith.  Near Kernville Elementary School we will look at an excavation into the Kern Canyon Fault where we will view important aspects of the fault’s early history. 

The second part of the trip will include a brief stop along Burlando Road to see ancient evidence for climate change, then continue to Ernie’s place where we will park.  Ernie has interesting information about the “war” between the Kern River and Bull Run Creek which we will check out.  Afterwards, we can rest beside the river at Ernie and Vera’s house. For this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, meet at the Museum  THURSDAY September 19th at 8:30 AM. Bring 1) a sack lunch and preferred drinks (cold water will be provided), 2) good walking shoes or boots, and 3) if you like, sun screen, recorders, cameras, and binoculars.  We will car pool; please be prompt.