Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

President’s Message - Spring 2017

Les Snodgrass
By Les Snodgrass

As I write this things are starting to ramp up for the Red Hot Auction. This auction will be a fund raiser for our museum expansion project. Our last Red Hot Auction was in 2014 and raised the money we needed to pay off the Hastie Bus restoration. I have no doubt this one will be an even bigger success.

On Wednesday, March 1st, we are expecting to have Alexandra Pierce, a reporter at the CBS and ABC station in Palm Springs, and a crew here to do a story for Eye on the Desert. Hopefully that exposure will help us recruit some more docents and other volunteers as well as encouraging more folks to visit our museum and join our society. A big THANK YOU to Laura Pellior for coordinating this.

This year's Desert Chic Social is just around the corner. It will be held on Saturday, April 8th. As in the past this event is a fund raiser for our general fund. The money it brings in is critical to our budget. If you can't or don't wish to come, please donate the cost of a ticket or two. It will be greatly appreciated!

A heads up—the Chamber of Commerce has changed Pioneer Days from the traditional third weekend in October to the second weekend. This year's Pioneer Days will be 12-15 October. That means our Old Timers Gathering will be Saturday, October 14th.

We recently started receiving a monthly recurring donation via PayPal. It comes from a very thoughtful individual who has roots here in Twentynine Palms. What a great way to help us out.

We moved a step forward and a half-step back on our museum expansion project. In the forward direction, the city has approved our request to modify our conditional use permit. Unfortunately, the conditions placed on our project by the county fire department require that we install a fire sprinkler system in both the planned new wing and all of the existing building. That is a very expensive and complicated thing to do.

However, if we do not attach the new structure to the existing building it becomes a separate building and no sprinkler system will be required in the new or the old.

We are in the process of revising our plans to reflect a five foot gap between the new structure and the existing building. Doing this will result in a loss of about 200 square feet but still leave us with a 1500 square foot main room which could conceivably accommodate as many as 200 people in an auditorium configuration. The five foot gap would be a sort of breezeway with an attractive gate on the south end.

To achieve our goal of opening the museum on all scheduled days, we need more docents. Being a docent is not a complicated or physically demanding task. Nor does it require any specialized knowledge. What it takes is the willingness to come to the museum, greet visitors and show them around our museum. If you're interested but not sure, call the museum (760-367-2366) to arrange for Melodie or Jim to give to an overview of what's involved.

I'll say it again—We sure could use some more volunteers! We aren't asking for long or large commitments, just a few hours here and there can make a tremendous difference. Why not give it a try? We have all kinds of tasks you can help with and I'd bet there's at least one that will match your skills and interests.

If every American donated five hours a week, it would equal the labor of twenty million full-time volunteers. ~Whoopi Goldberg

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Johnnie Hastie's Bus - On the road again!

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