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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The Twentynine Palms Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2019 "Old Timer of the Year" honoree...

Pat Rimmington

Pat Rimmington

The Twentynine Palms Historical Society is pleased to announce its 2019 Old Timer of the Year honoree, Pat Rimmington.

Pat Rimmington and her husband Sid purchased the John Meyer adobe in 1977 as a vacation home and moved here permanently in 1988. During research for the restoration and subsequent maintenance of her adobe, Pat became an expert on adobe construction and on the heritage of local historic adobe structures, becoming known as “The Mud Lady”. She wrote the book The Adobes of Twentynine Palms, which tells the stories of the WW1 veterans, pioneers, and homesteaders that built them. Pat’s expertise, readily shared with others, has helped preserve and restore many of our adobes.

Pat has been heavily involved with the Twentynine Palms Historical Society since her arrival and has served as President. She and previous honoree Cheryl Erickson have been the driving force behind the Society’s Oral History Project. She has conducted dozens of oral interviews and transcribed them into researchable archives. Pat also transcribed numerous interviews and documents for both the San Bernardino County 29 Palms Branch Library and the Joshua Tree National Park archives.

Pat was employed by the Joshua Tree Natural History Association as a tour guide at Keys Ranch and as a visitor services ambassador at Joshua Tree National Park visitor center in 29 Palms.

Pat has written many articles of local history that have been printed in numerous publications. She was one of the original writers for the Sun Runner magazine and wrote a monthly column for many years.

For her contributions to recording area history and her continued support of the community and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, we are proud to honor Pat Rimmington as our 2019 Old Timer of the Year.

Pat will be a guest of honor at the Old Timers Gathering scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the museum, 6760 National Park Drive. Admission to the gathering is free, though donations are always accepted.

The "Old Timer of the Year" program was created to honor early or long-time residents who contributed significantly to the development or betterment of the Twentynine Palms' community. The program is intended to honor "everyday heroes" whose contributions and efforts over the years have largely gone unsung.

Everyone is welcome to come help us honor her during the 2019 Old Timers gathering at the Old Schoolhouse Museum on Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The Old Schoolhouse Museum is located at 6760 National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms.

The 2019 Twentynine Palms
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will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 & 3.
This years theme is "GROWING LIKE A WEED."

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The show will be open for viewing on
Saturday (Nov. 2) Noon to 4:00 p.m. and
Sunday (Nov. 3) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Click here for the 2019 categories and rules.


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