Old School House Lecture Series

The Old School House Lecture Series started in 1999 and is run in partnership with the Twentynine Palms Historical Society.

Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Lecture Schedule:

September 11 The Mojave Project
Kim Stringfellow, M.F.A., Professor, San Diego State University
October 9 Old Magic: Lives of the Desert Shamans
Nick Clapp, Author, Historian
November 13 Desert Bighorn Sheep:  Wilderness Icon
Mark Jorgensen, Author, past Superintendent of the Anza Borrrego State Park
December 11 Homesteading:  The Free Land Idea
Lorna Shuman, National Park Service Ranger
January 8 The Forgotten Gold Rush
Paul Smith, Author, Historian
February 12 History of the 29 Palms Artists’ Guild
Pat Rimmington, Author, Historian
March 11 Frank Critzer and the Legend of Giant Rock
Barbara Harris, Historian
April 8 The Underhills of 29 Palms
Ann Congdon, daughter of the Underhills
May 13
Joshua Trees: Mystery and Myths
Chris Clarke, Environmental Writer
June 10
Cowboy Poetry and Humor
Richard Brewer, Cowboy Poet and Humorist


The Old School House Museum

6760 National Park Dr., Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Lectures start at 7 pm
$5 at the door

Subscribe to the entire Old School House lecture series for $40 and save $10 on ten lectures! Subscribers also receive reserved seating at the events.  To subscribe to the series, please call  (760) 367-5535 or mail a check to: Desert Institute, 74485 National Park Dr., Twentynine Palms, CA 92277. (Please make check out to Joshua Tree National Park Association and indicate that you want to subscribe the Old School House Lecture Series). For more information contact the Desert Institute.

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Map & Directions

From LA and Palm Springs area:

From the 10 exit onto Hwy 62 east
Continue through multiple towns to Twentynine Palms
Turn slight right onto National Park Dr.
Turn right onto Cottonwood Dr.
Turn right into Twentynine Palms Historical Society