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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Saturday, 01 April 2017 20:53

Looking for SOMETHING to do? Want to meet new people?   Want to take part in a wide variety of activities?..

Then join the Kern River Valley Historical Society! The Kern River Valley Historical Society meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Center. Each month, we have interesting program speakers. We also sponsor Field Trips & Seminars. We operate the Kern Valley Museum which is open Thursday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Historical Society members receive a monthly newsletter providing advanced notice & details about Historical Society events. Here are some of the member events planned so far:

Meeting Programs: 

  • Sequoia National Forest Challenges and Opportunities 
  • Rod Blankenship, Buffalo Man 
  • Sheriff’s Activity League 
  • The Society’s 50th Anniversary—A Brief History 
  • High Sierra Wild Horse Sanctuary 
  • One-Spade Youth Packers 
  • The Cattle Women’s Association 
  • Camp Owens History 


  • Basic Preservation and Archiving— Professor Chris Livingston, CSU, Bakersfield 
  • California Native Americans Before Europeans’ Arrival 
  • California Native Americans After Europeans’ Arrival 
  • Early Women in California History

Summer Movie Nights:

  • Stage Coach—with John Wayne 
  • Treasure of the Sierra Madre—with Humphrey Bogart 
  • The Defiant Ones—with Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier

Field Trips:

  • Hot Springs Valley 
  • Wild Flowers 
  • Reagan Museum 
  • Lone Pine Movie Museum 
  • Hanford with an AMTRAK train ride from Bakersfield  
  • Ice Cream Social at Dewar’s—and a little history on the side 
  • The Bakersfield Sound with Robert Price  
  • Rankin Ranch  
  • Edwards Air Force Base—Space Shuttle


  • Kern River Valley Historical Society History Days 
  • Membership Potluck Dinner 
  • The Research Annex Grand Opening 
  • Holiday Party & Installation Dinner  
  • 50th Anniversary Party 
  • Walker Estate Sale 
  • Bunco Parties
Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 April 2017 22:20 )


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PO Box 651
Kernville, CA 93238
(760) 376-6683
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