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 2019-2020 Second Friday Lecture Series continues...
    Friday, November 8th at 7:00pm

   The History of the Carson Family in 29 Palms
    by Thurman Carson and Randy Rogers (Newbanks)

     Join Thurman Carson and Randy Rogers (Newbanks), son of Will Rogers, Jr., who will recount his seventy seven years living in Twentynine Palms.

     This is the life of two caring people, Viola and Paul Carson in the early days of 29 Palms. They first came to 29 Palms in 1936 after Paul Carson was released from the service. He had obtained mustard gas poisoning from World War I and came to the desert for his health. Paul and Vi had a multitude of businesses and properties in South Gate, including a Wrecking Yard and a Roofing Company. While Paul went back and forth from 29 Palms and Southgate, Vi and her mother stayed in 29 Palms. Paul and Vi were unable to have children and in 1946, adopted two boys ages 6 and 10 to live and raise in their home. In 1952, Will Rogers Jr. had two boys he adopted and asked the Carson's if they could stay and finish that school year with them. The two boys never left until they went off to college but came back often and considered Paul and Vi their Mom and Dad. They also considered the other two boys, Thurman and Johnnie, their brothers. This is a story of love and caring by two of 29 Palm's finest people.

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, November 8 at 7 pm. This lecture is open to the public and costs $5 per person at the door. 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 at 760-367-5537 before Wednesday, November 6.

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Door opens at 6:15.

The 2019 Twentynine Palms
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was held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 & 3.

This years theme was Growing Like A Weed.

The 2019 Weed Show rules and catecories can be seen by clicking the image below.



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