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.
Recap of Recent Annex Education Classes

Our last two classes at the Annex were taught by Ellen Miller....

They were about California Native Americans before and after European contact.

In the first of the series, Ellen talked about the lifestyle of native tribes, how they gathered and prepared food, how they traded with one another, and so forth.

In the second class, she told about the effects of the mission system on the tribes, the effects of white emigration during the Gold Rush, how disease decimated the population, and how they tried to cope with the changes.

It was interesting that not only did the Spanish and the Americans have an impact on the natives, but also the Russians. They intermarried with the Indians and bought land. They also collected Pomo Indian artifacts. They still have the largest Pomo artifact collection in the world!

Both classes were well attended and were very interesting.  Thank you Ellen. 



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