"What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote." ~Edward Abbey
2nd Friday Old Schoolhouse Lecture | 100 Years of Morongo Basin History Publication
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The 2013-2014 Second Friday Lecture Series continues...
Friday, March 14th at 7:00pm
Mark Harrington, Southwest Archaeologist
Join John Hale, in this interesting discussion of the life and work of Dr. Mark Raymond Harrington (1882-1971) who is noted for his extensive research into the archaeological cultures of southern California and the greater Southwest. He earned the nickname 'the boy wonder of the archaeological world' when he was only 19, a title he lived up to in the ensuing years. He served as the Curator of Collections at the Southwest Museum from 1928 to 1964, and is best known for his discovery of the Gypsum Culture, a pre-pottery, hunter-gatherer people who lived in the arid western United States between 4,000 and 1,500 years ago. Harrington is also remembered for the extensive research he conducted at Lovelock Cave in Humboldt County, Nevada, where he recovered intact duck decoys made from tule reeds, and his lengthy excavations at Nevada's Lost City.
John Hale Ph.D., History, is an archeologist with the Marine Corps at Twentynine Palms, where he works in the Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Division. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master's degree in Archeology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. John is an enthusiastic speaker and always fills the Old Schoolhouse.
There will also be an optional dinner with the speaker at 5 pm at the 29 Palms Inn, space is limited and attendees are responsible for their own meal. If interested in dinner please RSVP to Marion Gartner 760-361-1202 or email@example.com.
Desert Chic Wine and Cheese Social
The Twentynine Palms Historical Society, in partnership with the Broadview Hacienda, is inviting members and non-members to our Desert Chic Wine and Cheese Social. Experience the beauty of this historic Twentynine Palms home while you enjoy the camaraderie of old and new friends, and perhaps even learn a little bit about the pairing of wines and cheeses. For those of you who don't drink, non-alcoholic beverages will also be served. There will also be a silent auction of treasures you won't be able to resist.
This event is to raise funds to help us to continue to preserve our local history and culture and to help keep the doors of the Old Schoolhouse Museum open. Tickets are available for a minimum donation of $25 for Society members and $30 for non-members. This is a minimum and larger donations will be greatly appreciated. Pre-sale tickets are available at following locations:
Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Dr., 29 Palms;
Bowden Frame Shop, 73355 Sullivan Rd., 29 Palms; and
Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, 73484 Twentynine Palms Hwy, 29 Palms.
Mike and Ann Congdon have graciously opened Broadview for this event. Broadview is the historic residence of Bill and Prudie Underhill, Twentynine Palms pioneers. Bill homesteaded here in 1928, and established the local newspaper (The Desert Trail, which is still published every Thursday), the first roller rink, and indoor and outdoor theaters. He always championed the health and vitality of the high desert, its people, and its glorious climate. The peace and serenity of this beautiful hacienda wraps around you the moment you cross the threshold. Situated on a high promontory in the old residential center of the city, the 360 degree view of the beautiful desert adds to Broadview's allure. It's a wonderful place to relax and the perfect venue for our fun event.
So, what do I wear? Anything from Desert Casual to the Nines (2 - 9's, get it?) You are encouraged to come in denim and cotton, sequins and satin, Hawaiian attire, costume of choice or uniform of the day. In other words, come as you are or how you wish to be. The only "must" besides a thoughtful and planned clothing choice is to have fun.
Date: Saturday, 5 April 2014
Time: 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Location: Broadview Hacienda, 73452 Sunnyslope Drive, Twentynine Palms
Points of Contact: Laureen Lentz and Cathy Snodgrass - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Possible Fund-Raiser (Potentially $12,000 annually)
Thanks to Laureen Lentz, the Twentynine Palms Historical Society board learned of a fund-raising opportunity offered to nonprofit organizations by the Joshua Tree National Park.
The upside of this project is the amount of money received by recycling material. Revenue in 2011 was $12,499.58 and $12,700.60 in 2012. In December 2013, the previous organization handling this effort decided not to continue this project. Other organizations have decided this is too big a job for them.
The downside is that we need committed volunteers to help with this project if we decide to move forward on it. In fact, we canít move forward until we have volunteers.
Volunteers collect all recyclable material from park collection centers and transport them to a pre-selected redemption center chosen by the nonprofit organization. Though there are recyclable bins in collection areas, volunteers may have to separate some non-recyclable debris from recyclable products. Bottles and plastic recyclable material have to be separated by color and lids removed. Revenues earned from redeeming the recyclable materials would be kept and spent by the nonprofit organization in accordance with the organizationís bylaws.
There are 20 collection locations in the park: Cottonwood, top side campgrounds, picnic and day use areas, Black Rock, and Indian Cove Campgrounds. The time of year is a factor in the volume of redeemable recyclable material. In the past, January was a slow month, but in 2014 park staff had to make three collection runs. The spring and fall are the busy seasons and collection might require a run of three times a week. Cottonwood area requires a once a month run. During the summer months, visitation is low, some campgrounds are closed and collection will drop to once a month.
Needless to say, it is hard work and lifting is required. There is a good chance you could run into something yucky and nasty. Remember, some campers drink and get lazy.
The Park Service will provide uniforms, safety gear, vehicle and trailer, bins and just about anything that will keep the recycling material moving out of the park.
For those of you who went on the tour of the Marine Corps base, we saw the value and income potential from their recycling program. It would be wonderful if we could benefit from something that like as well.
If you are willing to commit to this program, please contact us at email@example.com or call 760-367-2366