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 2018-2019 Second Friday Lecture Series continues...
    Friday, December 14th at 7:00pm

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Dunn Brothers will not conduct the lecture on Friday, December 14 as previously announced. On that date, Kenneth Gentry will conduct the lecture...

   Pioneertown, USA: Where the Old West Lives Again
    by Kenneth Gentry

     Pioneertown was established in 1946 by the infamous Dick Curtis along with his friends an co-stars, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Russell Hayden, Lillian Porter "Mousie" Hayden and The Sons of the Pioneers as a "living breathing movie set" in southern California. Over the 70+ years of Pioneertown's history, many stories of the High Desert town have been lost, embellished or even misreported. Pioneertown, USA is the result of over a year of thorough research and diligent cataloging to help accurately detail the deep and rich history of this hidden treasure in the Morongo Basin.

     A self-proclaimed aspiring history buff, Kenneth Gentry has always had a fascination with history and searching for the truth. As member of the Morongo Basin Historical Society, Gentry decided to take action and started a year-and-a-half-long project to create the definitive history of Pioneertown - "Pioneertown, USA: Where the Old West Lives Again".

     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, December 14 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 to 760-367-5539 before Wednesday, December 12.

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Door opens at 6:15 and seating is limited, so arrive early. No standees permitted.


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