Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California


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

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2021 OLD TIMERS GATHERING

Join us for the Old Timers Gathering Saturday, October 16, 2021, 1:00-4:00pm at the Old Schoolhouse Museum.
Phil Sullivan furnishing music for a bunch of bad boys - 1924.

This year's gathering will celebrate 2021 "Old Timer of the Year" honoree Thurman Carson as well as John and Marsha Cole, the 2021 Pioneer Days grand marshals.

The Old Timers Gathering is for anyone interested in the history of Twentynine Palms who wants to meet some of the earlier residents and share their memories and stories of Twentynine Palms with others.

Local author Chris (Spangenberg) Tiffany will be there with her book "One With The Creosote—Memories of a Desert Child." She has generously offered a free book to any 29 Palms Historical Society member who gets a non-member to join! Her book will be available for sale as well and she'll be more than happy to autograph it for you.

Remember, the youngsters of today are the old timers of tomorrow. No one is too old or too young to participate! Admission is free and snacks and soft drinks will be provided. Come on, everybody! Let's have some fun!

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The 2021 Twentynine Palms
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will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6 & 7.
This years theme is "WHAT'S NEXT??"

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The show will be open for viewing on
Saturday (Nov. 7) Noon to 4:00 p.m. and
Sunday (Nov. 8) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Click here for the 2021 categories and rules.




Our Museum and Gift Shop is now open
Wednesday - Sunday 1:00-4:00 PM

Now available in our gift shop



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One With The Creosote – Memories of a Desert Child
By Chris (Spangenberg) Tiffany

With a blending of poetic imagery and journalistic prose, writer Chris Tiffany reflects on her childhood growing up on the Mojave Desert during the '50s and '60s, to reveal the origins of an interwoven connection to the natural world around her and its influence on her life's paths and perspectives.

Tiffany, a Santa Ynez Valley resident who grew up in Twentynine Palms, is daughter of the late Joe and Margot Spangenberg, who moved their family from San Pedro, California, to Twentynine Palms in 1953. The Oasis of Mara, at the northern entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, was her childhood playground.

Photo of Chris Tiffany Since age 10, Tiffany has kept personal diaries and journals, and credits her writing talent to her mother, who worked as a reporter for The Desert Trail for many years.

A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Tiffany is a former director of the Santa Ynez Valley Family School, whose curriculum encourages exploration of the surrounding Los Padres National Forest as an extension of the classroom.

A 40-year resident of the Santa Ynez Valley, she is a past editor of the Women's Environmental Watch newsletter, and served as the initial publicist and program coordinator for Arts Outreach for many years.

She continues to enjoy frequent retreats to her cabin on the boundary of Joshua Tree National Park.



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Willie Boy & The Last Western Manhunt
By Clifford E Trafzer

The saga of Willie Boy has survived over one hundred years and the captivating story remains alive today. American Indians throughout Southern California, the American Southwest, and Great Basin remember the story well. Willie Boy's pursuit of redemption, his attempt to become culturally whole again, reflects a tragic journey that still resonates today, over a hundred years on from the deaths of William Mike and Carlota. In his journey to survive, Willie Boy challenged numerous lawmen eager to capture or kill him, prompting the posse, press, and citizens to demonize Willie Boy.

Clifford E. Trafzer is a Distinguished Professor of History and Costo Chair of Amerian Indian Affairs at the University of California, Riverside. He has published A Chemehuevi Song, Fighting Invisible Enemies, Strong Hearts & Healing Hands, and Shadows of Sherman Institute.





Now that the museum is open be sure to see our newest impermanent exhibit
featuring the art of recently deceased local artist Noble Richardson.

Noble Richardson Display





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