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 FEBRUARY 2020

We’ve started the year with a big bang!  We just had some awesome visitors at the Annex!  Two researchers (a linguist and a historian) came to find maps of the area that might indicate historical sites—particularly Native American sites.  The linguist was from Berkeley.  The historian is a Californian, but is from Cambridge University in England.   We weren’t sure that we would be of help, but they found several helpful items!  They will be back this summer. 

We also got a call from a woman from the Berkeley Historical Society.  She was looking for information on Grace Dorris, the first Assemblywoman from Kern County in 1919.  We weren’t able to help her directly, but we did point her in the right direction!  We want you to know that we get many requests like these.  The materials in the Annex are used frequently—and not just by locals.  In fact, the bulk of our users are from out of the area.