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.

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Merry Christmas

The Kern River Valley History Society wishes you a

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


I know that I’m not supposed to brag, but it is difficult not to when it comes to our Historical Society. We do so much and it happens because of you, our generous volunteers. You volunteers know a secret that non-volunteers never seem to learn.

Sure, you know that when you volunteer, you help others, and you can make things better.  But you also know something else: It also helps you. I find that people who volunteer are happier than those who don’t. Those who never volunteer never seem to learn this. You feel better about yourself. You feel like you can help some to make the world a better place.

Our Historical Society has been around for a long time now because of volunteers. We are starting our fifty-second year. It has been, still is, and will continue to be a big plus for our area with your help. We know that our success didn’t just happen. It has taken a lot of effort and a lot of dedication from our volunteers both past and present.

We also know that we need a large membership to keep our Historical Society running strong. I ask you now to get those membership renewal forms filled out and returned to the museum if you haven’t already. Better yet, talk a friend or family member to join up. Best yet, get involved if you aren’t already doing so. We welcome your help. All you need to do is stop by the Kern Valley Museum and say you would like to do some volunteer help!