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General meetings of the Kern County Historical Society are held monthly between September and May, with the exception of December. The meetings feature speakers on subjects pertaining to county history, historical sites, and Kern lore. Field trips are led by experts well acquainted with the sites. Meetings and field trips are open to members, guests, and the general public. Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month in the Lake Room at the Beale Memorial Library at 5:30pm. Historical Society members are welcome to attend the board meetings.

Oct
20
Sat
Rankin Ranch Field Trip
Oct 20 all-day

We’ll meet at the Bakersfield High School’s Harvey Auditorium parking lot, California and H Streets, between 8:00-8:15 and leave at 8:30. Arrival at the Rankin’s home ranch will be about 10:00. The ranch is a working cattle ranch and a popular dude ranch that hosts guests from around the world. Founded in 1863, currently the family’s 4th, 5th, and 6th generations help to run the family business. At 31,000 acres it is one of California’s oldest and largest cattle ranches.
Glenda or Bill Rankin will conduct our guided tour. We’ll stop at 11:00 for a picnic lunch on the grounds. At noon we’ll take a short trip down the road to the Rankin Family Cemetery. Next we’ll leave for nearby Havilah to tour the Courthouse and School to hear about Havilah’s history. We’ll leave Havilah at 2:30 and return to BHS about 3:30.
The Historical Society has rented two vans for transportation. Trip attendance is limited to 25 members. Bring a picnic lunch, water will be provided. The price for this excursion is $30.00 per person to cover the cost of gas and vehicle rentals. Call Jayne for reservations and/or questions by October 17 at 661-867-2414.
Reservation Form

Name(s) _______________________________________________ Phone Number(s) __________________

Reservation for _____ guest(s) at $30.00 per person (covers gas & vehicle rental)

Total Amount Enclosed: $_____________

Mail your reservation form and check by Wednesday, October 17 to:
Kern County Historical Society
P.O. Box 141
Bakersfield, CA 93302
Please observe the reservation deadline and send your check for the full amount by
Wednesday, October 17. Contact Jayne at 661-867-2414 with questions.

Nov
17
Sat
Dawn of the Great War: Assessing America’s Military and Domestic Policies, 1848-1916 @ Kern County Museum--Black Gold Exhibit
Nov 17 @ 11:00 am

Speaker–Francisco J. Llamas

Since 1848, U.S. has maintained a policy that focused on Naval Expansion for trade purposes. Every decade after, with the exception of the Civil War, the U.S. has maintained an expansionist mentality. These policies were more evident after 1890s. This lead to the U.S. being understrength and unprepared for a long war that required foot soldiers. Even though the U.S. did not formally enter the war until 1917, national policies were implemented to bolster U.S. Army numbers, just in case, including Jones-Shafroth Act, Selective Service Act, and the National Defense Act of 1916. As a result, recruitment was done in such haste that it reignited old world animosities between immigrant groups and issues forcing the U.S. government to implement new policies with dealing with immigrant groups and African American recruits.

Jan
19
Sat
Earl Warren in the Civil Rights Era @ Kern County Museum--Fellows Hotel
Jan 19 @ 11:00 am

Speaker: Donato Cruz

Feb
16
Sat
Downtown Walking Tour with Ken Hooper
Feb 16 all-day

Details TBA.

Mar
16
Sat
Kern County Mineral Society History @ Kern County Museum
Mar 16 @ 11:00 am

Speaker: Steve Collet

Details TBD

Apr
20
Sat
Tracy Ranch Field Trip
Apr 20 all-day

We’ll meet at the Bakersfield High School’s Harvey Auditorium parking lot, California and H Streets, between 8:00-8:15 and leave at 8:30. Arrival at the Rankin’s home ranch will be about 10:00. The ranch is a working cattle ranch and a popular dude ranch that hosts guests from around the world. Founded in 1863, currently the family’s 4th, 5th, and 6th generations help to run the family business. At 31,000 acres it is one of California’s oldest and largest cattle ranches.
Glenda or Bill Rankin will conduct our guided tour. We’ll stop at 11:00 for a picnic lunch on the grounds. At noon we’ll take a short trip down the road to the Rankin Family Cemetery. Next we’ll leave for nearby Havilah to tour the Courthouse and School to hear about Havilah’s history. We’ll leave Havilah at 2:30 and return to BHS about 3:30.
The Historical Society has rented two vans for transportation. Trip attendance is limited to 25 members. Bring a picnic lunch, water will be provided. The price for this excursion is $30.00 per person to cover the cost of gas and vehicle rentals. Call Jayne for reservations and/or questions by October 12 at 661-867-2424.
Reservation Form

Name(s) _______________________________________________ Phone Number(s) __________________

Reservation for _____ guest(s) at $30.00 per person (covers gas & vehicle rental)

Total Amount Enclosed: $_____________

Mail your reservation form and check by Friday, October 12 to:
Kern County Historical Society
P.O. Box 141
Bakersfield, CA 93302
Please observe the reservation deadline and send your check for the full amount by
Wednesday, October 10. Contact Jayne at 661-867-2414 with questions.

May
18
Sat
“Clarence Cullimore” @ Kern County Museum
May 18 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 am

Speaker: Chris Livingston

Details TBA