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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.

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

“Earl Warren in the Civil Rights Era”

“Earl Warren presided on the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case to end segregation of children in public schools. The emphasis is to discuss the local backlash Earl Warren faced in Kern County, in the frame of anti-Civil Rights. Earl Warren faced backlash for his role in Brown V. Board of Education, while this was a local phenomenon, it was not a unique characteristic of this geographic location. The talk will frame a local to a national context, and covering the difference between anti-Communism rhetoric and anti-Civil Rights language.”

Donato Cruz is a graduate student at California State University, Bakersfield majoring in History with a focus on Digital Humanities and Civil Rights History. He’s currently writing a thesis on housing in Kern County, CA. Also works as a Graduate Research Assistant at CSUB’s Walter W. Stiern Library where he handles archiving, researching, digitizing, filming and other works having to do with educational purposes. He aspires to finish his Master’s degree and pursue a PhD.


45 minutes and Q&A time before lunch (Chicken kabobs, garden salad, pita bread, rice and hummus. Provided by Flame & Skewers)

Downtown Walking Tour with Ken Hooper
Feb 16 all-day

Details TBA.

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

Speaker: Steve Collet

Details TBD

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.

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

Speaker: Chris Livingston

Details TBA