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 2013 and Spring 2014 Lecture Schedule:

September 13 The Lives and Times of Billy Mitchell, an American Cowboy
Billy Mitchell and Hillary Sloane
October 11 The Desert Queen Ranch and the Keys Family
Laureen Lentz, retired NPS Interpretive Ranger and Volunteer Coordinaor
November 8 The Campbells of Twentynine Palms
Claude Warren, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
December 13 The Accidental Artist – the Story of Ricardo Breceda
Diana Lindsey, Author, Historian
January 10 Gold and Silver in the Mojave
Nick Clapp, Author, Historian
February 14 The Old Spanish Trail
Cliff Walker, Author, Historian
March 14 Mark Harrington, Archaeologist of the Southwest
John Hale, Ph.D., History, Archaeology
April 11 Zzyzx, “Doc” Springer and the Desert Studies Center
Robert Fulton, Site Manager, Desert Studies Center, Cal State University, Fullerton
May 9
Turkey Vultures and the Migrations of Raptors Through the Desert
Kurt Leuschner, Professor, College of the Desert
June 13
Cabot Yerxa, the Man Behind Cabot’s Pueblo Museum
Judy Gigante, Historian


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! You can register by phone at (760) 367-5535 or mail by sending 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