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 month’s education seminar will be on Monday, February 26, at 10:30 a.m...

J.R. (Randy) Fendrick will be our speaker. For over 60 years, Randy has been involved in performing music in Bakersfield.

He will talk about the many bands and orchestras that performed in Bakersfield from the Brass bands of the late 19th century, the “Silent Movie” players of the early 20th, the development and growth of the Bakersfield Symphony and the expansion of the lively musical theater and jazz community.

Randy's book is a musician’s view of the art music of Bakersfield from 1875 through the 20th century.

Erie Johnson