Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California


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

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Old Timer of the Year Nominations

The Twentynine Palms Historical Society is seeking nominations for our annual Old Timer of the Year Award. This award is to honor an early or long-time resident who contributed significantly to the development or betterment of the community of Twentynine Palms. It is our intent to honor an "everyday hero" whose contributions and efforts over the years have largely been unsung.

Nominations will only be accepted from Twentynine Palms Historical Society members in good standing. A nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria to be considered:

     A. Wrote a historically accurate book about Twentynine Palms.

     B. Provided an Oral History of Twentynine Palms or environs.

     C. An artist who depicts the cultural or natural history of Twentynine Palms

     D. Provided for the enhancement of the youth of Twentynine Palms through school, sports, and civic, social or church activities.

     E. Contributed to the history or betterment of Twentynine Palms.

Nominees must have lived in Twentynine Palms prior to 1960 or has been a resident for more than 30 years.

Nominees must be able to attend and participate in the Old Timers Gathering and Pioneer Days Parade.

Nominations must include the Nominee's name(s) and a brief paragraph to justify their nomination. Current contact information for the nominee will be greatly appreciated. Please submit nominations in writing by September 2, 2015 to the Twentynine Palms Historical Society 6700 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 or via E-mail


  The 2015-2016 Second Friday Lecture Series begins...
    Friday, September 11th at 7:00pm

   The Mojave Project
    by Kim Stringfellow, M.F.A., Professor, San Diego State University

     The Mojave Project is an experimental transmedia documentary led by Kim Stringfellow exploring the physical, geological and cultural landscape of the Mojave Desert. The Mojave Project reconsiders and establishes multiple ways in which to interpret this unique and complex landscape, through association and connection of seemingly unrelated sites, themes, and subjects thus creating a speculative and immersive experience for our audience.

     The Mojave Project is told through the voices, stories and research of historians, geologists, biologists, cultural geographers, native speakers, visionaries, land management officials, military personnel, miners, desert rats, environmental activists, aerospace engineers, land speed racers, along with diverse cross-section of the region's residents and stakeholders including Kim Stringfellow, who is a full-time resident of Joshua Tree, California located in the southern Mojave Desert.

     Kim Stringfellow is an artist and educator residing in Joshua Tree, California. Her practice bridges cultural geography, environmental journalism and experimental documentary into creative, socially engaged transmedia experiences. She is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow in Photography and the 2012 recipient of the Theo Westenberger Award for Artistic Excellence. Stringfellow is an associate professor in School of Art + Design at San Diego State University. She is the author of two books, Greetings from the Salton Sea: Folly and Intervention in the Southern California Landscape, 1905-2005 and Jackrabbit Homestead: Tracing the Small Tract Act in the Southern California Landscape, 1938-2008 both published by the Center for American Places.

    This lecture is open to the public and costs $5 per person at the door. 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 Stokes, 760-367-5535 or

  Click here or on the photo above for more information.
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NEW Become a subscriber to the entire series for only $40. and, as a subscriber, you will have a “reserved seat” held until 10 minutes before the lecture begins. Click here to purchase your series subscription.

The 2015 Twentynine Palms
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will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 & 8.
This years theme is "DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH - 75 YEARS IN THE MAKING."
Click here for the 2015 categories and rules.

Summer Hours At The Old Schoolhouse Museum

Summer hours for the Old Schoolhouse Museum began on June 1st and will continue until September 1st. During the summer, the Old Schoolhouse Museum will be open on Fridays through Sundays from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.

The museum's library and archives are open for those wishing to do research on Wednesday mornings between 9:00 and 11:30 a.m.


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