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 efforts towards paying for our new roof on the museum is making good headway. Through our fundraising efforts, grant writing, and generous donations from you our membership, we are almost there. As the thermometer sign out front of the museum states,” Keep Us Covered”, that is what we are striving to do.


But we still have a way to go. Yet with your help, I feel confident, that we will accomplish our goal. I know I’m not supposed to brag, but it is difficult not to when it comes to you, our generous supporters and volunteers. We are now approaching the end of our 52nd year of existence. What an accomplishment! I know that we are only going to get better in the future. We know that our success didn’t just happen. It has taken a lot of effort and dedication from our volunteers, both past and present. That is who we are!


I don’t believe that we could do all that we do if we had tried to pay others to do it for us. It just wouldn’t work even if we had the money to pay out. First of all, where would we find someone who could do all of the things that we do for ourselves? I think you know the answer to that. We couldn’t.