Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

Accessions Report - Spring 2017

by Marilyn Collier

Wednesday morning volunteers

The winter months have been slow for donations and since the holidays, all of us have slowed down a bit, but with spring coming on, we'll all be much busier. Sue McMahan keeps helping with the filing when not busy with the Gift Shop. Marilyn Fernald has rearranged the main exhibit room with the winter decorations and removing the Christmas ones. Deanne Chatterton is entering the Volunteer hours and Joni Franklin has been entering the accessed items into the electronic archives. Rosalie Mendoza continues to scan those thousands of negatives we have. Pat Rimmington keeps busy with the photograph files and research. John Steiner is doing research for articles that will be published. Cheryl Erickson has filing, writing Thank You notes to our donors, and continues to works with Velma Holland on the library items. The Gartner collection is going onto the shelves.

Remember to donate your "old" items from the early days of Twentynine Palms to the Twentynine Palms Historical Society rather than throw the items into the trash. If you aren't sure that we would want your items, please bring them by on Wednesday morning or give us a call. If you love history and our area, and wish to help in the preservation of our history stop by and see us on Wednesday morning. We'll find something for you to do.

Several researchers used our facility these last three months. Among them were Steve Hanson from the Morongo Basin Historical Society. He brought Larry Rosen and Leslie Burkhardt from the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. They were delighted by all the information we had in our files. The fact that Cheryl Erickson had rescued some of the papers from being dumped in the trash was mind blowing.

As you can see, researchers studying the history of Twentynine Palms or the Morongo Basin history are welcome to visit us on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon as we are always at the Old Schoolhouse Museum Library. For those that live farther away, you are able to contact us through our website. The information on how to obtain research assistance is there. Requests by e-mail and regular mail are restricted to one or two specific area requests. A $20.00 donation is required by the e-mail and regular mail requests. If you want to know what is happening at the Old Schoolhouse Museum or view the latest and oldest photographs visit:

  1. White plastic shopping bag with Life is Fine in 29 written in green and outlined. Green Palm on the other side. This was found in another plastic bag in our office. Possibly from the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce.
  2. Antique wooden nut bowl with wooden mallet for cracking nuts. The head of the mallet has metal caps on both ends. Five metal nut picks for extracting the nut meats. These items donated by Sue McMahan.
  3. Five postcards from the Twentynine Palms Marine Base. First: Hawk Ground to Air Missile. Second: Protestant Chapel. Third: 155 mm Howitzer with five Marines on the weapon. Fourth: 155mm Self-propelled Howitzer. Fifth: 155 mm Self-propelled Howitzer (duplicate). We received these with a note stating they had been found in an Uncle's garage. No name, no return address, but thank you for thinking of us.
  4. Copy of map of Twentynine Palms. Written on top in red is: Compliments of Sid's Shell at 4 Corners Twentynine Palms. Donated by Frank and Patsy McDonald.
  5. Baileys Barber Chair (being repaired)
  6. Gulf Gas pump.
  7. Westinghouse Radio c. 1930's. It has all its dials and tubes. Decorative braided veneer down the front.
  8. Fire Hose and reel.
  9. Antique handmade drill press.
  10. Antique auto jack. The last six items donated by Michael McGrorty.

There are times when an item has been given and the donor known, but we cannot archive them until we have a Gift Release Form with the donor's signature and a witness's signature. Without the signed releases we have no right to retain anything brought to the museum unless it was an anonymous gift. Our Editors also insist on having the reports by a certain date. There may not have been sufficient time to complete all the necessary procedures. Our Accessions Committee wants to thank everyone who donated. Your generosity allows us to catalog and save the history of our area for future generations.

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