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 2016-2017 Second Friday Lecture Series continues...
    Friday, April 14th at 7:00pm

   Henry Mockel, the Artist
    by Diana Lindsay, author, publisher, and photographer

     Henry and Beverly Mockel often took trips to Joshua Tree National Park to see the wildflowers. They made frequent stops so Henry could paint flowers along the way. Eventually they decided they should move closer to the flowers, so they moved themselves and their 47-foot house trailer to Twentynine Palms in 1961. After settling into their new home, Henry and Beverly opened the Pioneer Art Gallery in what is now the Historic Plaza. One can only imagine that this new exciting desert lifestyle was quite a change for Henry, a former bookbinder, farmer and cattle rancher. Taken with the desert and its flora and fauna, Mockel spent many days studying plants and drawing them in the field. He studied botany and took copious notes on his desert adventures with Beverly. The culmination of 14 years' worth of observations resulted in a book they co-wrote in 1971 titled, Mockel's Desert Wildflower Notebook.

     Interested in interpretive techniques about plants, Tania Marien creates engaging learning experiences involving botanical illustration, science and storytelling. She has introduced the public to plants and botanical art at environmental education events, botanical gardens, museums, private gardens, and specialty garden shops.

     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, April 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, room is limited and attendees are responsible for their own meal. If interested in dinner please RSVP to Diana Durr at 760-367-5535 or before Wednesday, April 11.

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