Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

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

Second Friday Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series

September 2016 - June 2017

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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.

Seating is limited! It is advisable to arrive early.

Admission – $5.00 at the door

Season tickets – available for $40.00
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Meet the speaker – Dinner at the 29Palms 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

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May 12, 2017

The Adobes of 29 Palms
Pat Rimmington, Author, Historian

Join author and historian, Pat Rimmington, as she recounts the history of "The Adobes of 29 Palms". Long-time resident of Twentynine Palms, Pat Rimmington, was introduced to the area when she and her husband, Sid, purchased a home which turned out to be the oldest standing adobe homestead in Twentynine Palms. She began learning the history of the area when she volunteered to transcribe the taped interviews of early residents of this area for both the local library and the Joshua Tree National Monument (as it was then.) She is a charter member and past president of the Twentynine Palms Historical Society.

June 9, 2017

The Military History of the Salton Sea
Sid Burks, Historian

Few people know that the Salton Sea played a major role in the development of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Japan during World War II. Discover the fascinating but little known history of the World War II Navy Base at the Salton Sea and its post-war use by the Atomic Energy Commission. This lecture is extensively illustrated with historical photographs.

Sid Burks is a retired community college teacher and administrator and he currently teaches full-time for Cal State San Bernardino. He is a serious enthusiast of anything military, aviation, or desert history. He's given many lectures throughout the Coachella Valley on aviation and military history.

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