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

Hi friends, I’m excited to announce our next General Meeting program will be about Gold Mining Then and Now.

Our guest speakers will be local miners Torin Swinland of the Gold Prospecting Association of America and Jeff Fish owner of the Mine Shaft in Bodfish ( Both these local miners have years of experience prospecting in the KRV.

Also and hand to give his expert input will be KRV Ranger and Archaeologist Tim Kelly. As an added bonus we will have representatives of the KRV Rock Hound Club, who now hold their monthly meetings at our Annex on the first Thursday of each month. Be sure to mark your calendars for this exiting program.

Refreshments will be served.

April 24 at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella, 7 p.m.

Hal Chiprin