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

Slowly but surely, changes are happening at the museum! There are some temporary displays in the old curator’s office. That room will contain the cowboy and western artifacts, a new display on Fremont, Kern and Joseph Reddeford Walker. The highlight of that display will be an 1843 map of the Fremont Expeditions.

I’m hoping to have space for a rotating display in that room. I hope you’ll all be patient this summer as these changes evolve.

Meanwhile, at the Annex, we are finding all sorts of treasures. One example is a set of documents showing property ownership on the part of Chinese dating from the 1880s to the early 1900s. This was far from the norm! In fact, Chinese were excluded from property ownership at this time. A lot more research is necessary, but these should prove to be very interesting! Such fun!

Dianna Anderson