Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

President’s Message - Winter 2019

Les Snodgrass
By Les Snodgrass President's Message

2019 is almost history and what a productive year it's been!

We started off the year working on our new building which we dedicated as Founders Hall when we cut the ribbon to kick off this year's Old Timers Gathering in October. We had a "soft opening" when we used the new space in September for the season's first second Friday Old Schoolhouse lecture. It was so nice to be able to accommodate the 44 attendees without crowding. We're hoping that our lecture attendance will increase now that we won't be so crowded.

In November Bob Carter, Larry Bowden, and I built a wall to partially enclose our new courtyard. The wall incorporates the two cell doors from the old Twentynine Palms jail. It still needs to be stuccoed, which we'll do when time and weather permits. The doors are from the jail that used to set more or less behind the old firehouse.

Founding member Jeff Dunn will be joining the board of directors in January. He will be replacing Laura James, who decided not to seek another term in order to devote more time to some other opportunities. Laura first joined the board in 2012 and has been a valued asset. We will miss her.

Jeff helped found our society and served as a director in 1982 and 1983. Having grown up in Twentynine Palms, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Welcome aboard Jeff!

We also said goodbye to board secretary Kelly O'Sullivan. She resigned her board seat as she has moved out of state. The board appointed Erika Schmitt to fill the remainder of Kelly's term.

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