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  Link   A Brief Sketch of the Mining History of the Western Mojave Desert & Southern Sierra Nevada
By Larry M. Vredenburgh
  Link   Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS)
Founded in 1977 for the purpose of furthering the study & preservation of gravestones. AGS is an international organization with an interest in gravemarkers of all periods & styles.
  Link   Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
Promotes the scientific & educational aspects of earth history: paleontology, biology, geology & anthropology through public education, research & by serving as a repository for fossils & other natural history items.
  Link   California Council for the Humanities
Mission is to foster understanding between people & encourage their engagement in community life through the public use of the humanities through programs that involve the telling & sharing of stories.
  Link   California Historical Landmarks
Officially designated buildings, structures, sites, or places determined to have statewide historical significance & listed in the California Register of Historical Resources.
  Link   California Historical Society (CHS)
Exhibitions, publications, lectures, family programs, book-signings, school programs. Fine Arts collections encompass roughly 5,000 works of art reflecting California History. Photography collection contains 500,000+ images.
  Link   California Living Museum (CALM)
Founded in 1980, CALM displays & interprets native California animals, plants, fossils & artifacts to teach a respect for all living things through education, recreation, conservation, & research. 10500 Alfred Harrell HWY, Bakersfield.
  Link   California Cultural & Historical Endowment
Established in 2004 to fund projects through a competitive grant process to tell the stories of California as a unified society & of the many groups of people that together comprise historic & modern California.
  Link   The Cowboy Memorial & Library
An educational, tax exempt, non-profit corporation located in the Walker Basin. Life styles & memorabilia of the 19th and 20th centuries Cowboys are preserved.
  Link   Cultural Conservancy
Native American nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation & revitalization of indigenous cultures & their ancestral lands.
  Link   California State Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Organized in 1891. More than 8,000 members comprising 116 chapters dedicated to furthering the National Society DAR goals of patriotism, education & historical preservation.
  Link   Historic & Geologic Resources of South Central California
Including, Tehachapi, the Mojave Desert & Southern San Joaquin Valley by Larry M. Vredenburgh
  Link   National Park Service Cultural Resources
Recovers, analyzes & interprets the material culture of the past. Preserves & restores America's historic structures & buildings. Conserves cultural & historic areas formed by nature & people. Develops methods to protect & conserve cultural objects.
  Link   Cultural Landscapes Foundation
Cultural Landscapes are a living part of our heritage. They can be public parks, historic sites, gardens, scenic highways, college campuses, farmland, cemeteries, or industrial sites.
  Link   Daughters of the American Revolution
Founded in 1890, a non-profit, non-political women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism & preserving American history. Women over 18 who can prove lineal descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence.
  Link   E Clampus Vitus Peter Lebeck Chapter #1866
Kern County Chapter of the Ancient & Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (aka 'Clampers') a fraternal organization dedicated to the study & preservation of Western Heritage, in particular the history of the Mother Lode & gold mining regions.
  Link   Friends of Last Chance Canyon
Group of people interested in sustaining and protecting areas within the El Paso Mountains, near Ridgecrest CA. Main focus: preserving & protecting historic sites like Burro Schmidt's tunnel & the Walt Bickel Camp.
  Link   Historical Highways of Central & Southern California
Includes info on California Routes 14 & 99, among others. Maintained by Michael Ballard.
  Link   Historic Sites in Kern County
  Link   Historical Tour of State Route 178
Detailed history (by Russ Connelly) of KRV's beloved & cursed HWY 178, through the Kern Canyon all the way over Walker Pass to Freeman Junction.
  Link   A History of California's Fish Hatcheries 1870–1960
Written by Earl Leitritz in May 1961 to record the history of artificial fish propagation in California, some actions of early fish commissions, a history of former-day fish hatcheries in California, & a brief résumé of existing fish hatcheries.
  Link   History of Kern County
Education 799A, History of Kern County, Alfred P. Clark, Ph.D., Instructor, University of La Verne
  Link   Kawaiisu Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
The Kawaiisu Chapter was organized October 1979 at Lake Isabella, California.
  Link   Kern County Archaeological Society (KCAS)
KCAS places an emphasis on understanding prehistoric & historic archaeology through public outreach & fieldtrips, as well as preservation through investigation, documentation & monitoring of Kern County's many archaeological sites.
  Link   Kern County Historical Society
A county-wide, nonprofit organization founded in 1931 as an outgrowth of the Society of Kern Pioneers. Today's membership is open to all persons who are interested in history & Kern County history in particular.
  Link   Kern County History
SOURCE: Memorial & Biographical History of the counties of Fresno, Tulare and Kern, California - Chicago, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1892
  Link   Kern County Museum
Founded in 1941, serving 94,000+/year, (including 19,000 school children) the museum hosts temporary exhibitions, special events & 56 historic exhibits, many in relocated structures at its 16-acre site N of downtown Bakersfield.
  Link   KRV History books by Bob Powers
Descriptions of the late Bob Powers' 9 books. Available for purchase individually ($25 to $35 each) as a set for $235 (+$5 shipping) directly through Marge (Mrs. Bob) Powers. Marge Powers, Box 204, Kernville, CA 93238 Phone (760) 376-2329.
  Link   Kern River Valley Historical Society (KRVHS)
a non profit group of members & volunteers who collect, preserve & present KRV history to the public through the Kern Valley Museum & Walker House in Kernville as well as many activities in throughout the KRV.
  Link   Kern Valley Museum
Houses artifacts from prehistoric times to the present. Large geological & fossil exhibit, mining & ranching artifacts, history of the Edison hydroelectric plants, exhibits of our movie-making history & construction of the Isabella Dam.
  Link   Keysville Massacre, April 19, 1863
Report of Capt. Moses A. McLaughlin, Second California Cavalry. Camp Independence Owens's River Valley April 24, 1863
  Link   Museums & the Online Archive of California (MOAC)
California museums working with libraries and archives to increase and enhance access to cultural collections.
  Link   National Trust for Historic Preservation
A private, nonprofit membership organization founded in 1949, dedicated to saving historic places & revitalizing America's communities.
  Link   National Center for Preservation Technology & Training
Advances the application of science & technology to historic preservation through training, education, research, technology transfer & partnerships in the fields of archeology, architecture, landscape architecture & materials conservation.
  Link   National Register of Historic Places
Authorized to coordinate & support efforts to identify, evaluate, & protect historic & archeological resources, including districts, sites, buildings, structures significant to American history, architecture, archeology, engineering & culture.
  Link   Office of Historic Preservation (OHP)
Administers Federal & state mandated historic preservation programs in California. OHP & the State Historical Resources Commission's mission is to preserve & enhance California's irreplaceable historic heritage for present & future generations.
  Link   Online Archive of California
Brings together historical materials from a variety of California institutions, including museums, historical societies & archives. Over 120,000 images; 50,000 pages of documents, letters & oral histories; & 8,000 guides to collections are available.
  Link   Society for California Archaeology (SCA)
A nonprofit scientific & educational organization dedicated to research, understanding, interpretation & conservation of California's heritage. Membership is open to everyone with an interest in California archaeology.
  Link   The Story of the Los Angeles Aqueduct (LA DWP view)
In 1913, the City of Los Angeles completed construction of the 1st Los Angeles Aqueduct. This is the story of how the dream of a few far-sighted people at the turn of the 20th Century became a reality.
  Link   The Story of the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Owens Valley view)
In 1913, the City of Los Angeles completed construction of the 1st Los Angeles Aqueduct. This is the story of how the plotting of a few greedy people at the turn of the 20th Century became a nightmare for the Owens Valley.
  Link   Tri-County Natural History Yahoo Group
Designed to share information about the natural history of Kern, Inyo & Tulare Counties. From -282' to 14,494' above sea level, these counties share unique geographical features that create amazing biological diversity.
  Link   Western Folklife Center
Founded in 1980 to raise public awareness of the traditional, expressive culture of the American West. Best known for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the Folklife Center provides exhibitions, performances, workshops & youth education programs.
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