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

If you enjoyed reading Rod Middleworth's Column in the Kern River Courier from July 2005 to December 2017, don’t miss your chance to get a copy of the book, Things I Have Noticed: The Collection, that includes all of his unedited weekly columns from over 12 years of writing.  It is the “Lifesworth,” “Mindsworth” and Middleworth of newspaper columns, with 228 complete columns in over 230 pages ~ a spiral-bound book bulging with the great adventures and writings of Rod Middleworth.

 With Middleworth there is little that goes unnoticed, as he has brought us years of anecdotes, nostalgia, reflections, imaginary conversations, stories and tall tales through his eyes and mind as he remembers them.  You might remember Burma Shave? ~ Reflecting on bikes ~ Cold Cereal ~ They never wear out ~ The porcelain throne ~ Bill Jenkins: a man for all seasons ~ Tall in the saddle, again ~ Myrtle the Turtle ~ Playing in the mud ~ The cart caper ~ Sarah and the spider ~ A one-legged fishing partner ~ Do you twitter or tweet? ~  ~  ~  and hundreds more stories of humor and life.

The limited edition books will be available at the Kern Valley Museum in Kernville for only $24.99 ~ with the profits going to benefit the Kern Valley Historical Society to which Rod Middleworth has contributed so very much. 

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Rod says of his stories:  "They're better if you read them out loud."

---Melody Batelaan