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.

Location

49 Big Blue Road
PO Box 651
Kernville, CA 93238

(760) 376-6683

 

** NOTICE **

AS OF MAY 20, 2021, THE MUSEUM WILL REOPEN!

SEE CALENDAR SECTION FOR MORE DETAILS.

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NEW HOURS, STARTING MAY 20:
11 am to 3 pm
Thursday through Sunday

We are regularly closed:
New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.


Admission is Free

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What's Happening

We would like to collect oral histories. We have boxes of tapes that Bob Powers made of pioneers in our Valley, but there are so many stories to record! This is a painless process. All that you have to do is answer a few questions. We will digitally record them. This is a wonderful way to record history! Future generations can hear your voice and get a deeper understanding of your story because it comes directly from you! Any way you look at it, it enriches all of us! If you have something that you would like to contribute, contact me at (661) 203-2847.

     - Dianna Anderson

 

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PREVIOUS MESSAGES FROM THE CURATOR

MARCH 2021

We’re closer to the home stretch on the redesign of the hallway! The Farming and Ranching display is close to completion. Then we have minor adjustments to all four displays - mostly tags describing new artifacts. We’ve started to clean up our mess (it was great not having to clean up each day). I can’t thank our work crew enough! They are awesome! John Newman, Roy Fluhart, Ron Anderson, Gene Verbeet and Charlie Gregory YOU ROCK!!

In the midst of all of this, we were given two heavy artifacts! The Vaughan School bell was reported on in the last Saddlebag. We have made arrangements for Ron Johnstone to build a beautiful river rock pedestal for it. Thank you, Virginia & Alfred Harrell Foundation for making that possible! The second item came from the Kern County Museum. It is an 1875 printing press from Havilah! Loading it into the trailer in Bakersfield was not bad, but we had a heck of a time getting it out of the trailer and setting it into place. Thanks to our work crew and Jim Neukershner and Jim Snyder for their valiant efforts to move it! Kudos to Kelso Valley Maintenance again! Their crane moved it easily!

     - Dianna Anderson