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

Our speaker for January was Camp Owen Director Robert Kilgore,...

who gave us a great program and PowerPoint all about the history, building, and activities at Camp Owen, going all the way back to 1939.

We learned how the boys made their own bricks and helped to build most of the buildings, as well as how they grow their own food and raise hogs.

We also learned about their schooling, including their trade courses like auto and welding. We heard from three of the young men, Jalil, Lucas and Ricardo, who spoke of their lives before camp, how they are happy at the camp, and how the experience is changing their lives for the better.

The goal of the program is to return these young men with a positive outlook on life so they can be successful.

We also had a visit from our Whiskey Flat Mayor candidates Evangelic Eve and Nate the Pistol Packin’ Preacher. They sold raffle tickets and are raising money for KRV Toys for Tots, One Spade Youth Packers and Camp KEEP. Fun was had by all, and we had great munchies after the program. Don’t miss our next program.

 Hal Chiprin