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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

Details TBA

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

Details TBA

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

Speaker: Chris Livingston

Details TBA