The Kern River Valley Historical Society is celebrating over 50 years of operation! Our mission is to preserve and communicate the rich and colorful history of this region. The Kern Valley Museum in downtown Kernville, next to the Post Office, welcomes visitors to explore our rich history.

What's Happening

Come one, come all to our big screen showing of Wild West movies... 

produced right here in the Kern River Valley.

Our first movie will be shown at 7 p.m., Friday, February 16, at the Kernville Elementary Auditorium. It is an old Hop-a-Long Cassidy movie titled Border Patrol (1943). You will see old Movie Street, and a lot of what our valley looked like back then. See if you can recognize a very young TV’s original Superman before he learned to fly (George Reeves) or a young, just getting started, Robert Mitchum.

Our second movie will be shown at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 17, also at the Kernville Elementary Auditorium. It is an old Roy Rogers and Dale Evans movie titled Roll On Texas Moon (1946). You will see Main Street of old Kernville, the Wofford Ranch, the Kissack Ranch, Andy Brown’s Hardware Store, Split Mountain and other scenes of our valley back then.

Chuck Barbee will present a preview of his current project, both nights, called Wild West Country: Part 3. He puts you right in old Kernville and also overlaps old Kernville, then and now. It is fun to watch.

This is a major fundraiser for our Historical Society. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

Ron Anderson