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 17:56

Our first education class at our new Annex was a huge success!...

Chris Livingston, archiving professor at Cal State Bakersfield, and his former graduate assistant, Daniel Anderson, taught us about preservation techniques. We learned how to preserve photos, document, and books.

Our next exciting class will be Wednesday, April 19th, at the museum annex, at 1:00PM. Our speaker will be Dr. Alan Garfinkel Gold. He is a California anthropologist/ archaeologist.

Garfinkel is known for his work with the indigenous people of the Far West and for his studies of Native American rock art in California and the Great Basin. He has focused his research efforts, working with the South Fork Kern River Native peoples, the Tubatulabal. Archaeology, rock art and linguistic data support the premise that the Tubatulabal cultural tradition is of long standing in the South Fork Valley of the Kern River and the interior Kern Plateau. Evidence supports a continuous unbroken occupation from the historic era dating back 2,500 years or more.

After the presentation, we will go to the Lodge at Painted Rock, to look at the rock art there. Join us for this great history class! 

Please RSVP for these seminars! Space is limited and they will fill up fast! Call Erie Johnson (see your Saddlebag)


—Erie Johnson 

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 March 2017 18:05 )


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