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

It’s already time for our annual potluck. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 27! Our pot luck is in lieu of our regular Historical Society meeting. We will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. Historically, we have the best food in town. Rumor has it that we might have some live entertainment. Please bring enough of your dish to feed 8-10 people, an appropriate serving utensil, and your place settings (plates and utensils.) Water, tea and ice will be provided.


The following are the suggested items to bring based on the first letter of your last name:

A-G: Dessert

H-S: Salad or Side Dish

T-Z: Main Dish


If you really, really want to bring something from another category, that’s OK too. If you have any questions, call me, Hal Chiprin, at 805-746-3472. We are asking if anybody would like to cook some of the recipes from our own Kern River Valley Historical Society Cookbook. Also, I’d like to see some recipes from the Rankin Ranch cook book.  That would be great !


             - Hal Chiprin