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

This is the beginning of the Summer season and we do get a lot of visitors from EVERYWHERE!  So get your smiley faces on and be ready to meet people from near and far. 

If you look around the Country Store, you will see many new additions: cute ball caps for women, several new musical instruments for children (and adults!), signs, pine needle baskets, and in our glass cases, several new things for Men ~ just in time for Father's Day!  Knives, Belt buckles, Bolo ties, Flask's, and we always have Shirts!!! And we have a great selection of Greeting Cards!  

So come on in and get your shopping done early. We have books and they are varied, from Cook Books to History to Hiking Trails, Wildflowers, Birds, you name it. We have books written by long-time Kern River Valley residents that cannot be found anywhere else.  As a book store, our Gift Shop is the best-stocked one in the Southern Sierras.  As a Gift Shop, it has the most imaginative, artful, interesting items anywhere. 

See you there !!

     —Vicki Middleworth