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

Enclosed in your November Saddlebag, you will find our second annual Gift of Giving Catalog. Last year’s campaign was highly successful!  As a result of the generosity of our members and public, we have accomplished many projects. We have updated and added displays, purchased archival supplies, kept the Graham truck going strong, added signage outside, revitalized our exterior wood siding, and other important projects. Some projects are still in the planning stages and will soon be implemented. One notable example is the new Assay Office. We raised more than $5,000 and it went a long way!

Some of the ongoing projects from last year are always active. They include exterior upgrades and maintenance, developing children’s programs, adding more outdoor signage, archiving supplies, and keeping the Graham truck going. New projects include restoring and cleaning our artwork, and purchasing equipment to digitize Bob Powers’ oral history interviews.

We’d like to thank all of our donors for last year's great generosity.  And we’d like to encourage all of our members to donate.  We notice if you put us on your annual expenditure list. That goes a long way with us because regular donations are something we can count on.  We appreciate any amounts!

Thank you!