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

“Eyes of the Forest”—Carla Aubrey, April 19-May 19 

The Historical Society is hosting an exhibit called “Eyes of the Forest” featuring fire lookouts of the Sequoia National Forest.  Local artist Carla Aubrey’s amazing oil painting renditions of both past and present lookouts will be on display along with a large collection of lookout memorabilia and materials that have been gathered thanks to many folks with an interest in the project and in preserving/restoring SQF Lookouts.

 A lookout “Osborne Fire Finder” will be available on loan from the Forest Service National Technology and Development Center.  The historic fire finder was actually used in fire detection and came from a dismantled lookout.

We hope you can join us for a Day of Celebration on Saturday, May 4, from 10:00-4:00 at the Kern Valley Museum in Kernville.  If you miss us that day, the Exhibit runs from April 19-May 19; Thursday-Sunday from 10:00-4:00.