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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Featured in the Art Gallery
During the month of April:  Ceramics by Helen Smoot and Friends
Helen, a local world renowned concert pianist, will be showing her additional talents of being a ceramist.
She is a prolific potter who also gives ceramic classes as well as her music classes. 
It is such a totally different discipline than studying, teaching and playing music--working with her hands getting all muddy in clay and never knowing what will result is exciting.
Helen will have some students and friends show their work along with her.
A reception will be held Saturday, April 15th 4 to 6 PM.
This is a once in a life time event.
Do come to meet the artists and talk about their work with them. 
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Friday, 31 March 2017 17:49

On April 18th, the Historical Society is going to the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield...

We will have a tour of the newly restored boyhood home of country music legend Merle Haggard, and also tour the Howell House and Lopez Hill House. 

The Howell house is a Victorian built in 1891 and the Lopez house was built in the early 1900’s. The Haggard family home started as a boxcar.

There is a $15.00 charge to visit so please bring cash.

We will leave the Senior Center at 9:00 AM. If you need a ride to car pool let me know. Our tour will begin at 10:00 AM.

Please call Joanne (see your Saddlebag) or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you plan to join us.

After the tour, we can enjoy the great restaurants of Bakersfield for lunch. 


---Joanne Johnson



49 Big Blue Road
PO Box 651
Kernville, CA 93238
(760) 376-6683
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