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

Merry Christmas

The Kern River Valley History Society wishes you a

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


We’re starting another year and planning some new projects. But first, I’d like you to stop by the museum and take a look at our newest display on the Forest Service. This will be a rotating display since we are getting all sorts of artifacts through our new partnership with the Forest Service. This display is on the phone system that made managing the forest possible. It was pretty primitive with wires attached to trees and such, but it enabled Rangers to communicate across a large area. John Newman has done a wonderful job! Keep an eye out for an announcement about a reception to introduce this wonderful new display.

I also hope you’ll take a look at the new gun cabinet and the changes to the Edison display. The gun cabinet has a little more text to explain things. I hope you enjoy the stories about “Pascoe’s Hotel” and “How to Load a Cap & Ball Pistol.” There are many new photos about the Edison power plants as well as text about each of them. I hope you like the story of Lindsay Hicks. You’ll have to come by read about him yourself. I promise you, it’s a great story!

As for the Annex, our intrepid volunteers are working hard. During the government shutdown we’ve been joined by Amy Girardo from the BLM and Tim Kelly from the Forest Service. They are awesome and I appreciate their expertise! We also have a new volunteer, John Springer. He is retired from the Forest Service and is a long-time Kernville resident. Welcome to the crew John!

Please remember: We want to make copies of your old photos of the Valley. Bring them by for us to scan. We’ll love you for it!

Dianna Anderson