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

Anthony Burdock, Project Manager of the Isabella dam project, gave us a great program, more like a history lesson of dam safety and dam disasters in the United States and how it ties in with our dam project right here in Lake Isabella. It was a PowerPoint presentation very well done about 4 major disasters, including the South Fork Dam in Pennsylvania in 1889, the St. Francis Dam near Los Angeles in 1928, the Teton Dam in Idaho in 1976 and the Van Norman Dam near Los Angeles in 1971.  He spoke of the causes of the disaster, the loss of life, and how that led to legislation on dam safety and how new construction techniques could have prevented these disasters. They are using the latest construction and technology to improve our Lake Isabella dam and make it bulletproof to whatever Mother Nature can throw at it so they can protect the lives and property of everybody downstream. Anthony did a great job, including answering a whole lot of questions for about 20 minutes at the end of the program.