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.

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We are honoring Hazel Bolyard and Frances Good who are talented painters.  They are the mothers of Ron Bolyard and John Good who are both well known in our community.

Both these ladies are basically self-taught. Frances excelled in pastel and Hazel used oil paint.

Come see the people, landscapes and animals at the reception on Saturday 5th August 2017, 4-6 PM in the museum in Kernville.

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Friday, 06 January 2017 22:14

Kernville News, Feb. 11, 1938: “Kernville Popular Movie Location” For several years Kernville has maintained....

an important place among western movie locations. Promotor I. L. Wofford has built up a fine string of horses and an organization of movie extras who make wild rides across the screens where thousands of children go on Saturday afternoons to get the thrill of thrills. 

The last picture to be made at Kernville, “Professor, Be Ware” was filmed by Harold Lloyd and his company who stayed on the Kern for three weeks. Parts of their picture were made in Bodfish and on the South Fork valley in addition to Kernville. One of the features of the stay of this company was the classic “big apples” they staged for the entertainment of their Kern River friends at the local dances. Mr. Lloyd won a number of friends here.

As a result of their work in pictures made at Kernville, local extras have become bonified members of the motion picture actors guild. Almost 50 members of that organization live in and around Kernville. Buck Jones is the latest visitor from Hollywood. He and his company are now filming a thrilling western picture which is expected to employ a number of local extras. Mr. Jones is a regular visitor to the Kern, having made a number of pictures in this area. He will be on location about a week. On the 15th of this month a large unit of 250 people of the Paramount Company is scheduled to arrive to stay for approximately three weeks. 



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