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 begins...
    Friday, September 13th at 7:00pm

   East Mojave Cultural History Museum
    by Laura Misajet, Executive Director

     Goffs, California has been of strategic importance to the East Mojave Desert for more than a hundred years. We will look at the regions history since Francisco Garces traversed the desert in 1776, through the building of the railroad in 1883, and the advent of the automobile and Route 66. In 1914 an elaborate schoolhouse was constructed featuring a unique mission style architecture which held classes up until 1937, after which Goffs began "ghosting." Homesteading was of major importance to American history and The Mojave Desert Heritage & Cultural Association has amassed over a thousand oral histories and thousands of historic photographs from those early residents of Lanfair Valley, now part of the Mojave National Preserve.

     Laura Hammonds Misajet is the Executive Director of the Mojave Desert Heritage & Cultural Association based in Goffs, CA on Route 66 and Lanfair Road. She originally hails from Philadelphia where she worked for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Franklin Institute Science Museum. Her weekly newspaper column, Sky Watch, featured observational astronomy events visible in the night sky. She went on to represent the Carl Zeiss Planetarium Division throughout North America, before moving to the deserts of Southern California.

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, September 13 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, September 11.

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Door opens at 6:15.


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