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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.

Jeffrey Lapides “Passage to El Dorado” @ Broken Yolk Cafe,
Nov 16 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Reservations are Required.

GOLD! SILVER! And those seeking their fortunes against the backdrop of the American Civil War, relations between white settlers, Hispanics, and Native Americans, military exploits, salacious news accounts, greed—and one naturalized German with a camera in 1863.

Rudolph d’Heureuse—surveyor, cartographer, civil engineer, mining engineer, oenologist, inventor—who on one momentous journey, photographed the Mojave Road in the Desert West from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the banks of the Colorado River and the mines of Eldorado Canyon in today’s Nevada. His subjects included San Bernardino, Cajon Pass, and Los Angeles’s seaport, New San Pedro (Wilmington). He produced these images many years before anyone else took the next photo of this desert and its travelers, crossroads, forts, soldiers, and watering holes.

Jeff Lapides is a Southern California photographer and book designer residing in Sierra Madre. His previous book designs include Elizabeth Pomeroy’s San Marino: A Centennial History, Michele Zack’s Southern California Story: Seeking the Better Life in Sierra Madre, and John Robinson’s magnum opus, Gateways to Southern California.

Jeffrey will be offering for sale on Saturday, November 16 Passage to El Dorado and an accompanying coffee table book, The Mojave Road in 1863: The Pioneering Photographs of Rudolph d’Heureuse at $40 each.

Steve Teteak “Lake Isabella Archaeology Study”
Jan 18 all-day
Christopher Livingston Visit the CSUB Historic Research Center
Feb 15 all-day
Ken Hooper Hart Park Walking Tour
Mar 21 @ 9:10 pm
Field Trip: Keene “Cesar Chavez National Monument”
Apr 18 all-day
Sandra Hernandez “The Tejon Tribe”
May 16 all-day