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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Desert Chic Wine and Cheese Social

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;
    -->> Cowboy Attic, The Historic Plaza, 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, 11 April 2015
Time: 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Location: Broadview Hacienda, 73452 Sunnyslope Drive, Twentynine Palms
Point of Contact: Laureen Lentz


  The 2014-2015 Second Friday Lecture Series continues...
    Friday, April 10th at 7:00pm

   Living on the Desert's Edge - 12 years of my wildlife encounters in and around my home at the edge of a desert wilderness
    by Jim Cornett, Biologist, Weekly Columnist with the Desert Sun

     For the past twelve years, desert biologist Jim Cornett and his wife Terry have lived at the mouth of a canyon at the edge of Palm Springs and surrounded by the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Intimate encounters with wildlife around his home are almost daily events with some creatures even finding their way inside. From bighorn sheep to rattlesnakes, from humorous to tragic, all will be shared with the audience.

     James W. Cornett is a desert biologist living in Palm Springs, California. He is one of the Southwest's most prolific writers with more than thirty of his books published as of 2013. He enjoys sharing his love of desert natural history through writing, teaching and lecturing. He is the first professional naturalist to have visited all nine of the world's great deserts and is currently writing a book on his travels and research in each desert.

    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.
  Click here to download a flyer for this lecture.

Sculpture Donated By Simi Dabah

Simi Dabah Sculpture

Renowned artist/welder Simi Dabah recently donated this sculpture to the Twentynine Palms Historical Society. Dabah has been building welded steel sculptures from industrial scrap for more than forty years. He is a prolific artist who frequently donates his work to nonprofit institutions for installation or for fund-raising activities. His works are nonrepresentational and left untitled. It is up to the viewer to interpret them. The donation was facilitated by Larry Bowden.

The 2014 Twentynine Palms Annual
Weed Show logoSM
was held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8 & 9.
This years theme is "ALL RHYME, NO REASON."
Click here for the 2014 categories and rules.
A list of the 2014 winners is posted here.
Photos of all 2014 entries are posted here.
The details, categories, and rules are posted here.


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The Twentynine Palms Historical Society is pleased to announce the inaugural "Old Timer of the Year" honorees - Bruce Arnett, Marilyn Fernald, and Nolan Lockwood. Click here to read all about them.

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