Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

President’s Message - Summer 2018

Les Snodgrass
By Les Snodgrass President's Message

As I sit here thinking about our expansion project, museum, library/archives, and membership I can’t help but be proud and impressed with our society and its accomplishments. I’d venture there aren’t many nonprofit organizations out there that have done, and continue to do, what we have with the resources we have. Let’s list some of those accomplishments.

In our 36 years of existence we:

That and more was accomplished with volunteers and donations. And, by the way, our general operating budget for 2018 is $18,290. As of 31 May we had 253 active memberships. I’d say we do pretty darn good.

As you can see elsewhere in this issue the expansion project is moving along nicely. That has been due to the efforts of some excellent volunteers, service providers and vendors. They are:

Larry BowdenRollie BowdenJamie Sommers
Jim KrushatGreg MendozaJim Mallard
Chris GrabowJacob SmithPhil and Breanne Kline
Kim and Bill OrtamondArt ParkerKevin Cole
Jim ThornburgClark ConstructionBill June Plumbing/US Rooter
Hi-Grade MaterialsBuilders Supply, 29 Palms 

I want to especially recognize Jon Hove of Hi-Grade Materials. He and his company donated a quarter of the concrete for the project. As I previously stated our plan is to get the most out of our available funds by doing as much possible with volunteers and donated materials. If you can help in any way—providing labor, skills, material or cash—we would be most appreciative. Just give me a call at 760-861-5801 or email

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. ~ Unknown

Hastie Bus at Mural

Johnnie Hastie's Bus - On the road again!

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