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 in JANUARY 2020

Now through January 31, 2020 --- The Kern River Valley Art Association's 1st Annual Award Show: 

“The Great Western Art Competition”

The opening reception for this ground-breaking show in December was attended by at least 70 people who came to review, and cast their secret ballots, for the best of 47 magnificent works of art submitted by fifteen of the most talented artists living throughout Kern County. A big THANK YOU! to all who attended, voted, and made this such a wonderful first annual competition.


The winners are:

1st Place: Jennifer Shraders's acrylic painting, “Emma”

2nd Place: Jon G. Leavelle's pastel pencil portrait, “Annie Oakley”

3rd Place: Kristen Bishop Freeborn's oil on canvas painting, “Across the Mountain Creek”

Do come on in to the museum and see these works, showing until the end of January, 2020. We would like to thank the Historical Society for their continued support of the artists in our community.  Thanks especially to Rich Burdge, Dianna Anderson and Ron Anderson for their unfailing enthusiasm, and to Gene Verbeet who, at a moment's notice, produces the colorful, artistic fliers that we post around the valley.