Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

President’s Message - Winterr 2016

Les Snodgrass
By Les Snodgrass

Wow, the year is all but over. We've just finished our busy quarter and all went well!

The Old Timers Gathering and Weed Show were both big successes. Sadly only 23 members attended this year's general membership meeting. That's less than 1%. You will find more information about those events elsewhere in this Journal.

After the general membership meeting, the board hosted a small reception to honor our volunteers. As I've said so many times—volunteers are the life blood of our Society. Whether they give us one or many hundreds of hours, they are all heroes in my book. THANK YOU to each and every one of them!

Speaking of volunteers, I want to introduce our newest Wednesday morning volunteer—Jim Krushat. Jim's grandparents were pioneer homesteaders here. After many years away Jim has retired and returned to Twentynine Palms. Welcome aboard, Jim!

So, what have we done in 2016? Conducted the Desert Chic Social a fund raiser netted us $2,600.00; hosted two major events—the Old Timers Gathering and Weed Show; hosted a screening of "The Ghost Mountain Experiment;" replaced the boom on the Hockett Well Rig; continued progress on Phase 2 of the museum expansion project; hosted over 2200 visitors; accessed 154 artifacts; cohosted ten educational lectures with the Desert Institute; entered the Haste Bus and a float in the Pioneer Days parade; maintained expenditures within our budget and exceeded our budgeted income; digitized over 1,400 historical photographic negatives; made significant progress toward entering all past accession records into the PastPerfect museum database; digitized our Desert Trail index; maintained our website,, that had over 9,800 visits; and added many books, documents, and photographs to our collection.

Some goals for 2017:

We sure could use some more volunteers! We aren't asking for long or large commitments, just a few hours here and there can make a tremendous difference. Why not give it a try? We have all kinds of tasks you can help with and I'd bet there's at least one that will match your skills and interests.

I'm sure each of you knows at least one person who is not a member of our Society and is interested in the preserving history and heritage of the Morongo Basin. If each of you were to recruit just one such individual, we could more than double our membership.

It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference. ~Tom Brokaw

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