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

August 2018
 
  
August 3rd - Friday 
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Artist Reception - Whimsical Art by Elissa Beckham -Museum Gallery
 
August 8th - Wednesday
8:00 PM - Movie Under the Stars - “Black Aces” starring Buck Jones - Museum Pack Station
 
August 28th - Tuesday
9:00 AM - KRVHS Boad Meeting - Museum Annex
6:00 PM - Membership Meeting: Annual Potluck - Click here for what to bring - Senior Center, Lake Isabella
 
All August
 
 
 
July 2018
  
July 24th- Tuesday 
9:00 AM - Board Meeting - Museum annex.  
7:00 PM - General Membership Meeting
- Special outdoor meeting at the McNally Rodeo grounds, Kernville
- Featuring Reid Hopkins, and One Spade Youth Packers. 
- Public is invited, especially children
- You are welcome to bring your own picnic dinner as early as 5:30pm 
- Cold beverages will be served
 
All July
  • Display Cabinet - Memorabilia collected by Kathie Orton.
  • Art Gallery - Limited Edition prints to buy - donated by Larry and Toni Holochwost. 
 
June 2018
 
June 9th - Saturday
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM- Artist Reception - "Hard Tools"  mixed media
  
June 13th - Wednesday
8:00 AM, Astronomy Club Field Trip - Kern Valley Airport
 
June 26th - Tuesday 
9:00 AM - Board Meeting - Museum annex.  
7:00 PM - General Membership Meeting - Presentation by Sam Ames, Sambarn Promotions, the promoters of the 30th Annual Keyesville Classic Mountain Bike Race, in the Keyesville Recreation Area - Senior Center, Lake Isabella.  Refreshments served.   
 
 
May 2018
 
May 5th - Saturday
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM- Artist Reception - "The Creative LensPhotography by Historical Society members. 
 
Sirretta Street Yard Sale - Kernville.
 
Rotary Car Show - Riverside Park Kernville.   
 
May 17th -Thursday
Cornerstone/Time Capsule Ceremony - Museum Annex
10:00 a.m - Ceremony for the Masons only at the Masonic Lodge.
11:00 a.m - Ceremony at the Masonic Lodge is open to the public
11:30 a.m - Lunch will be served to the public at the Masonic Lodge.  Reservations required. 
12:15- 12:45 p.m - We will move to the Annex
1:00 p.m - Cornerstone presentation begins.
You will need to make your lunch reservation by Monday, May 7th.  Call Tom McKinney (see your Saddlebag)
 
May 19th & 20th - Saturday & Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - History Days at the Museum.
 
May 22nd - Tuesday 
9:00 AM - Board Meeting - Museum annex.  
7:00 PM - General Membership Meeting - Heads. Heart. Hands. Health. Kern Valley 4-H presentation by Jessica Forbes - Senior Center, Lake Isabella.  Refreshments served.   
 
May 24th - Thursday
10:30 AM - Educational Seminar - Women and the California Gold Rush by Ann Wiederrecht. 
 

All May

  • Art Gallery - The Creative Lens - Photography by Historical Society Members - Museum.  Reception Sat, May 5th, 4-6 PM. 
  • Display Cabinet - Michael Batelaan's unique collection of Sprinklers.  A must see.
 
 
April 2018
 
April 7th - Saturday
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM- Artist Reception - Confined Art - Watercolor & Sculpture, various artists from Camp Erwin Owen - Museum.  
 
April 10th- Tuesday 
1:00 PM - Docent "Refresher" - Country Store, Museum
 
April 15th- Sunday
1:00 PM - Tax Day Bunco - Museum Annex
 
April 16th - Monday
10:00 AM - Educational Seminar - By Dint of Hard Labor-The Booms and Busts of the Cove Mining District by Tim Kelley- Museum Annex.
 
April 21st- Saturday
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM- KRV Astronomy Club telescopes with special filters set up at the museum.    
 
April 24th - Tuesday 
9:00 AM - Board Meeting - Museum annex.  
7:00 PM - General Membership Meeting - Gold Mining Then & Now - Torin Swinlad and Jeff Fish - Senior Center, Lake Isabella.
 
April 26th - Thursday
9:00 AM - Field Trip to China Lake Museum, Ridgecrest  - Meet 9AM at Weldon Post Office to carpool - $5 admission fee.  Call Joane Johnson for reservations (see your Saddlebag)

All April

  • Art Gallery - Confined Art - various artists from Camp Erwin Owen - Museum. 
  • Display Cabinet - Vintage oil lamps - Don Chapman. 
Save the Date 
  • May 5th - Saturday - Sirretta Street Yard Sale - Please start saving those items for us to sell. 
  • May 17th - Thursday - Cornerstone/Time Capsule Ceremony - 11AM at Massonic Lodge (must reserve - call Tom McKinney), 1PM Presentation at Museum Anex (open to all). 
  • May 24th - Thursday - Education Seminar - Women and the California Gold Rush - Ann Wiederrecht
 
March 2018
 
March 3rd - Saturday
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM- Artist Reception - Artful Paper - A Collage Art Exhibit - Museum.  
 
March 5th- Monday
10:00 AM - Docent "Refresher" - Museum
 
March 6th- Tuesday
6:30 PM - Field Trip - Kernville Airport - Stargazing by Rich Burdge - Bring your chair & warm coat.  
 
March 10th - Saturday
10:30 AM - Educational Seminar - Paleontology in Kern County (1850-2017) -John P. Stegall - Museum Annex.
 
March 19th- Monday
10:00 AM - Docent "Refresher" - Museum                                                                                 
 
March 27th - Tuesday 
9:00 AM - Board Meeting - Museum annex.  
7:00 PM - General Membership Meeting - Presentation on Alexander Hamilton - Senior Center, Lake Isabella.

All March

  • Art Gallery - Artful Paper - A Collage Art Exhibit.
  • Display Cabinet - Steve Passerelli's Collection of Whiskey Decanters. 

Save the Date 

May 5th - Saturday - Sirretta Street Yard Sale - Please start saving those items for us to sell. 

 
 
February 2018
 
February 6th - Tuesday
10:00 AM - Field Trip - The New Forest Service Ranger Station - Kernville Rd - Reservations required. 
 
February 10th - Saturday
10:30 AM - Grand Opening Ceremony - Museum Annex, New Research Facility 
 
February 16th-19th - Whiskey Flat Days
  
February 16th - Friday
7:00 PM - Fund Raiser Movie, Border Patrol, and Wild West Country, part 3 preview - Kernville Elementary School.
 
February 17th - Saturday 
10:00 AM - Whiskey Flat Parade - Kernville
7:00 PM - Fund Raiser Movie, Roll on Texas Moon, and Wild West Country part 3 preview - Kernville Elementary School. 
                                                                                 
February 26th - Monday
10:30 AM - Educational Seminar - "The Other Music of Bakersfield", presented by J.R.(Randy) Fendrick - Museum Annex.
 
February 27th - Tuesday 
9:00 AM - Board Meeting at the new Museum annex.  
7:00 PM - General Membership Meeting - US Forest Service Challenges presented by Al Watson - Senior Center, Lake Isabella

All February

  • Art Gallery - Reproduced limited Edition photos from archives. 
  • Display Cabinet - Michael Batelaan's Advertising Pin and Button Collection. 
 
 
January 2018
 
January 13th - Saturday
10:30 AM - Educational Seminar - The Battle Over Isabella Dam - Kathleen freeland - Museum Annex
 
January 16th - Tuesday
Field Trip - The New Forest Service Ranger Station - Kernville Rd - Meet 10 AM - Reservations required. 
                                                                                     
January 23rd - Tuesday
9:00 AM - Board Meeting at the new Museum annex. 
 
7:00 PM - General Membership Meeting - History & overview of Camp Erwin Owen presented by Robert Kilgore - Senior Center, Lake Isabella

All January

  • Art Gallery - Paintings by the dedicated volunteers of the Kern River Valley Art Association 
  • Display Cabinet - Michael Batelaan's Advertising Pin and Button Collection. 
 
 
December 2017
 
For the month of December, there is:
  • No field Trip
  • No Annex Education Seminar
  • No Board Meeting
  • No General Membership Meeting

All December

  • Art Gallery - Paintings by many dedicated volunteers - Reception at Museum - Sat Dec 2nd - 
  • 4-6:00 PM. 
  • Display Cabinet - Elinor Fahey's collection of festive handbags. 

Save the Date 

  • Saturday, January 13th - Kathleen Freeland - The Battle over Isabella Dam - 10:30 AM at Annex.
 
October 2017
 
October 8th - Sunday
1:00 PM - Pumpkin Patch Bunco - Museum Annex - Tickets, $20.
 
October 14th - Saturday
9:00 AM - Kernville River Run Raffle Ticket sale - Meet in front of Graham Truck.
 
4-6:00 PM - Artists Reception - "Blood & Bonds" - Museum Art Gallery. 
                                                                                      
October 18th - Wednesday
10:00 AM - Field Trip to the Rankin Ranch for lunch and History Sessions - Meet at the Senior Center parking lot, Isabella
 
October 21st - Saturday
10:00 AM - Education Seminar - Writing for Publication - by Kathleen Creighton-Fuchs - Museum Annex. 
 
October 24th - Tuesday
9:00 AM - Board Meeting at the new Museum annex. 
 
7:00 PM - General Membership Meeting - USFS Ranger Phillip Desenze - Senior Center, Lake Isabella.   

All October

  • Art Gallery - "Blood & Bonds" - The works of multiple Artists and Writers. 
  • Display Cabinet - Gwen Jackson's extensive collection of vintage advertising tins. 
 
Save the Date 
  • Sunday, November 5th - Turkey Trot Home Tour - 11AM to 3PM start at the Annex.
  • Thursday, November 16th - 6PM to 9PM - Astronomy Night Field Trip - at the airport - Rich Burdge. 
 
 
September 2017
 
September 9th - Saturday
4-6 PM - Artists Reception at the Museum - Michael Batelaan’s works in Photography and Raku
 
September 12th - Monday
1:30 PM - Education Program Planning Meeting - Museum Annex
                                                                                      
September 16th - Saturday
8:00 AM - Pride Day - Meet at the chamber of commerce building, Kernville