Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

The Old Schoolhouse Museum & The Desert Institute
Present the...

Second Friday Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series

September 2018 - June 2019

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Where – Old Schoolhouse Museum
6760 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA
(across the street from the 29 Palms Inn)

Time – Lectures begin at 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Seating is limited! It is advisable to arrive early.

Admission – $5.00 at the door

Become a subscriber to the entire series for only $40. You will SAVE $10.00 and, as a subscriber, you will have a “reserved seat” held until 10 minutes before the lecture begins. Click here to purchase your series subscription.

Meet the speaker – Dinner at the 29 Palms Inn on your own with speaker 5 p.m.
RSVP by Wednesday prior to the event: to 760-367-5535.

For further information call:
Kevin Wong, Desert Institute Program Coordinator
or email

Click for directions to the Museum.

Download a flyer with this season's schedule.

September 14, 2018

When Women Seldom Traveled Alone: Botanist, Mary Beal, Wandered the California Deserts in Search of Rare Plants
Julia Sizek, Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, UC Berkeley


October 12, 2018

General Patton's Desert Training Center
Sid Burks, Historian


November 9, 2018

The California-Arizona Maneuver Area and Desert Training Center Airpower
Sid Burks, Historian


December 14, 2018

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


January 11, 2019

The Dunn Family History in 29 Palms
Bob and Jeff Dunn


February 8, 2019

Strange Tales From the Desert Oracle
Ken Layne, Publisher of the Desert Oracle


March 8, 2019

The Treaty of Temecula and the American Invasion in Southern California
Sean Milanovich, Ph.D. Candidate, Native American Studies, U.C. Riverside


April 12, 2019

Desert Plant Ecology or Why Does The Desert Poke Me?
Dr. Chris McDonald, Ph.D., University of California Cooperative Extension


May 10, 2019

Civilization Through Citrus: Sherman Institute, 1901-1950
Amanda Wixon, Ph.D. Candidate, Native American Studies, UC Riverside


June 14, 2019

Adventures in the Desert
Richard Arnold


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