Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

President’s Message - Fall 2020

Les Snodgrass
By Les Snodgrass President's Message

First and foremost, I want to say congratulations to Jerri Hagman on her selection as our 2020 Old Timer of the Year. It's a small token of appreciation to one who, so quietly, has done so much for our community.

Unfortunately, due to restrictions in place due to the pandemic, the regular Pioneer Days celebration, parade, and our Old Timers Gathering won't take place.

To comply with state requirements, the museum display areas remain closed; however, our gift shop is open. When we're permitted to reopen, I believe you will be pleased with the changes and improvements that have been made in our display areas. Thank you, Dana, for all the hours you've put in making these improvements. You can read more about this in Dana's article elsewhere in this issue.

We do plan to have both the Weed Show and our annual meeting. We will do what it takes to ensure we remain in compliance with all Covid-19 restrictions in effect at the time. For the Weed Show this may mean that we will adjust setup, pickup, and viewing hours, as well as limiting the number of persons entering at any one time (either for setting up their exhibits or viewing). It's either that or we can't have the show at all. The annual meeting will likely be held in our courtyard.

As you'll read elsewhere in this issue, we are having a new roof put on the museum. It's an expensive but very necessary project. We must ensure that our building and its contents are protected. We would very much appreciate donations to help with this expense.

We are planning two more "building" projects:

   1. Rebuild the facade around our storage container and the fence around the storage yard. Why? The existing facade was built in 1997-98 and over the years has sustained substantial damage from wind and rain. We have patched it many times, but it has reached the end of its life.

   2. Build a structure to provide cover and security for Twentynine Palms' first firetruck. Why? We own the firetruck and it's currently in storage. We would like to have a place at the museum where we can display it. Note: at this time we have no plans to restore the truck. Only to preserve it.

I said it last time but will say it again... It would help significantly if each of you would send a donation. Large or small it would help. We currently have 254 active memberships. If each one donated even $5 or $10 it would be a tremendous help.

People that pay for things never complain. It's the guy you give something to that you can't please. ~Will Rogers


The success of the Twentynine Palms Historical Society is made possible by generous donations of time, materials, monetary funds, and artifacts from the community.

We need volunteers willing to give a little or a lot of time to support the Society. There are many things to be done – data entry, inventory, filing, cleaning, docenting, staffing the gift shop, helping with school tours, scraping and painting wood trim on the building, trimming trees and shrubs, cleaning up and hauling away brush from museum grounds, and much more.

If you would like to volunteer or have something to donate, please stop by on any Wednesday morning (9:00-noon) or call us at 760-367-2366. Donations may also be dropped off at the museum during regular hours or on Wednesday morning from 9-noon.


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