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.

Location

49 Big Blue Road
PO Box 651
Kernville, CA 93238

(760) 376-6683

 

** NOTICE **

AS OF MAY 20, 2021, THE MUSEUM WILL REOPEN!

SEE CALENDAR SECTION FOR MORE DETAILS.

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NEW HOURS, STARTING MAY 20:
11 am to 3 pm
Thursday through Sunday

We are regularly closed:
New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.


Admission is Free

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What's Happening

This is my favorite time of the year. Winter is nearly over and Spring is coming with flowers, trees blooming and young animals being born. I feel a lot like that about the museum. Lots of work has been going on during the time when we are closed. The projects are nearing completion and with the people getting their COVID vaccinations, we can almost see the time when we can finally open. The Board held an in-person meeting during March. We were masked and well spaced apart in the big room at the museum - too cold outside. It was great to see each other. The Board approved a six month budget. Once we know more about when we might open and the costs associated with opening, Chris will prepare the July thru December budget.

The Board set a target date of June to open the museum. Hopefully, it is not just wishful thinking! The date will be adjusted by what the State and County Departments of Health are saying about when museums may open and when the Board decides it is safe for us to open. The Board was updated on the work in the museum. The school bell project will soon be under way with a stone mason constructing a stand at the annex. The bell will be installed there for all to see. An update was given by Linda about the Nuui Cunni Native American Cultural Center. They have reopened. We will support them in any way possible ,but not financially. In closing, we continue to receive membership renewals, and the Historical Society is maintaining our positive revenue position. The plan continues to remain closed until it is safe to reopen. I look forward to the day when we can open and see you around the museum in person. Stay Safe!

- Erie Johnson

 

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PREVIOUS MESSAGES FROM THE PRESIDENT

MARCH 2021

Watching the Rover, Perseverance, land on Mars the other day was amazing. Isn’t it something, the technological advances that have been made? The Rover even has a small helicopter to fly and take pictures. Exciting happenings!

VIP FIELD TRIPS SUCH AS...

I bring up the NASA story because you will remember, prior to COVID, we did a field trip to JPL in Pasadena. While on the JPL campus we toured the lab where we watched technicians building the Rover that landed on Mars this week. I look forward to the day when we are open and we can do field trips and classes again. Now back to the museum.

RACCOONS

The work continues inside on the exhibit area. Looking so good! We had a fun time a few weeks ago with raccoons in the ceiling and then into the museum. The raccoons fell through the ceiling and wandered the museum. Can’t you just see John with a broomstick and Roy with his walking stick corralling the raccoons? Ask John and Roy to tell you all about it. New wire mesh has been installed and we are free of raccoons . . . we hope!

VIRTUAL MUSIC EVENT COMING UP!

The Kern Valley Rotary Club is working on a virtual music event as a fundraiser. The event is being filmed in our pack station. So far five bands have performed. Chuck and Tami Barbee are doing the filming and Chuck will edit the film. The project is just about finished.

MEMBERSHIPS

Charlie tells me that memberships are coming in nicely. I want to thank our members for renewing their memberships. I especially wish to thank the members who have included donations with renewal memberships. Without our great members our Historical Society would not be able to function.

PLANNING

We will be having a board meeting soon to discuss the budget and other topics. We remain closed, but if you look hard you can almost see the day when we can open. Stay safe, wear your mask and we will get to open soon.

- Erie Johnson