Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California
"What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote." ~Edward Abbey
Our Museum is now open
Wednesday - Sunday 1:00-4:00 PM
The 2023 Twentynine Palms
will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4 & 5.
This year's theme is "THE HOLLYWOOD CONNECTION"
The show will be open for viewing on
Saturday (Nov. 3) Noon to 4:00 p.m. and
Sunday (Nov. 4) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Click here for more about this event.
Click here for the 2023 categories and rules.
Want to enter our Annual Weed Show, but not sure what to do or how to do it? The Twentynine Palms Historical Society Weed Show Committee invites you to learn the art of creating winning arrangements at a FREE Weed Show workshop! This event will be at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15th at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms.
Any questions? Please send email to WeedShow@29palmshistorical.org.
Now available in our gift shop
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.
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.
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.
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