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 2017-2018 Second Friday Lecture Series continues...
    Friday, January 12th at 7:00pm

   The Dunn Family History in 29 Palms
    by Jeff and Bob Dunn

         Harry and Doris Sherman discovered a dry place in the sun called 29 Palms in the mid 1930's. Family friends (Amo and Sherm Clark) had talked about the place and the Shermans came to visit from their home in Beverly Hills. They purchased property on the southwest side of town near the entrance to 49 Palms (now "Sherman Highlands"). Harry built a small home (with his own hands) and dragged Doris and his four girls out on weekends to enjoy the desert solitude. Doris always felt better at "Roadrunner's Roost". Like so many WWI mustard gas victims, it eased her breathing and helped with her asthma. Once the girls had finished school, Harry and Doris moved to the desert full time.

    Daughter Judy went to college at Eugene, Oregon where she met a young man from the Pacific Northwest. Ralph Dunn and Judy fell in love and Ralph eventually chased her to 29 Palms to "meet the family". Ralph, being a total rain hater, thought he had found heaven in the dry, parched sand in the Mojave Desert. Judy and Ralph were married under the cloud of WW II and came back to 29 Palms with two children under their arms. Now it was time to figure out a way to make a living, raise a family, and help create a community in this small corner of the desert.

     Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, this lecture is held at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, on Friday, January 12 at 7 pm. This lecture is open to the public and costs $5 per person at the door. Door opens at 6:15 and seating is limited, so arrive early. No standees permitted.

     Optional dinner with speaker at 5 pm at the 29 Palms Inn, reservations are limited and attendees are responsible for their own meal. If interested in dinner please RSVP to Patty at 760-367-5535 before Wednesday, January 10.

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The 2017 Twentynine Palms
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was held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4 & 5.

This years theme was No Business Like Old Business.

The 2017 Weed Show rules and catecories can be seen by clicking the image below.



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