Twentynine Palms Historical SocietySM
29 Palms, California


"What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote." ~Edward Abbey

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The is this Saturday, August 23rd!

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The Twentynine Palms Historical Society will host a Red Hot Auction on Saturday, August 23, at the Old Schoolhouse Museum located at 6760 National Park Drive, in Twentynine Palms. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with free hot dogs and a silent auction, followed by a live auction beginning at about 7:15 p.m.

The purpose of the fundraiser is to help pay for the remaining costs of the Hastie Bus renovation project, which has restored "Old Betsy," Johnnie Hastie's 1928 12-passenger bus that became the 29 Palms Stage, the area's first public transportation service.

Updated Click here to check out some of the great things we will be auctioning.

A Letter From Liar Auctioneer Larry Bowden

Howdy Everyone Especially You,

Hopefully you are aware of the upcoming Red Hot Auction on Saturday, August 23 at the Old Schoolhouse Museum located at 6760 National Park Drive, in Twentynine Palms.

The purpose of the Red Hot Auction is to help pay for the remaining costs of the Hastie Bus renovation project. There is quite a balance due and we would like to help the people that spend a lot of their time working to keep the Historical Society up and running get closer to getting this item out of their mind. So Vanna Mendoza, some of you may know him as Greg and myself are organizing this auction because we are two of the biggest liars auctioneers in these parts.

We need a little help to make this happen and that is where each of you comes in. First we need you to mark this day down on your calendar so you remember to come to the auction. Then we need you to go find some useful items that you would like to donate for us to sell at the auction. If it comes with a good story that is all good and dandy but rest assured we can come up with a good story with just about anything. We will come by your house and pick up if you need us to just call me, Larry Bowden at 760-910-3886 we can get you a tax donation receipt or a Sherriff’s report which ever you want.

We are making it real easy for you also. It don’t cost anything to come to the auction, we will have free refreshments and you don’t have to buy anything if you don’t think we are lying auctioning good enough.

All kidding aside we hope you can join us for a fun evening that Greg and I guarantee will make you smile. Spread the word bring a friend

And lets put this bus bill in the barn and close the door on it.

Larry Bowden

We need your help to pay for the Hastie Bus Restoration project!
Hastie Bus - 24 October 2012

If you would like to be a part of making this historic bus run again please donate. It's easy, you can click the donate button below to make an on-line donation or you can send a check to us at the address below.

Hastie Bus
29 Palms Historical Society
6760 National Park Drive
P.O. Box 1926
29 Palms, California 92277

To learn more about the Hastie Bus restoration visit the project page.

Weed ShowSM Workshop
A winning entry

Want to enter the 2014 Twentynine Palms Weed ShowSM but not sure what to do or how to do it? The Twentynine Palms Historical Society Weed Show Committee invites you to learn the art of creating winning arrangements at a FREE Weed Show workshop on Saturday, October 11th.

The 2014 Twentynine Palms Annual
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will be Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8 & 9.
This years theme is "ALL RHYME, NO REASON."
Click here for this years categories and rules.

$2,500 Grant From Lamplighter Foundation

Lamplighter Foundation presents check
Jim Lincoln, second from left, secretary of the Lamplighter Foundation, presents $2,500 in matching funds to Twentynine Palms Historical Society President, Les Snodgrass. The money matches proceeds from the society's Desert Chic Wine & Cheese Social, coordinated by Cathy Snodgrass, far left, and Laureen Lentz.

On June 19, 2014, Jim Lincoln, secretary of the Lamplighter Foundation, presented a $2,500 check to Twentynine Palms Historical Society President Les Snodgrass. The money is matching funds from the society's inaugural Desert Chic Wine & Cheese Social held earlier this year. That very successful event was coordinated by Cathy Snodgrass and Laureen Lentz.

The money will be used to help fund the Society's planned addition of a multipurpose room to the Old Schoolhouse Museum.

The Lamplighter Foundation is based in Powell, Wyo. Their mission is to provide funding to non-profit organizations that desire to strengthen their governance, administration and leadership.

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