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 2014 and Spring 2015 Lecture Schedule:

September 13 Harlem Rides the Range: Murray’s Dude Ranch and the African American Homesteaders of Bell Mountain
Jennifer Thornton, Ph.D. candidate in Public History at the University of California, Riverside
October 10 Where Does the Earth and Bonita Dome Begin?  The History of Building Dome Homes From Ancient Times to Right Now in Joshua Tree
Gabe Wendling, Builder of Sustainable Dome Structures
November 14 Glimpses of the Gobi Desert as seen from Ikh Nart Nature Reserve at the northern margin of the Gobi in Eastern Mongolia:  Archaeology and Wildlife Conservation
Joan Schneider, Ph.D. Archaeology Team Leader, Earthwatch Institute
December 12 Mining in the Region of Joshua Tree National Park
D.D Trent, Ph.D. Geology, Professor Emeritus, Citrus College
January 9 Looking for Lost Ophir
Nick Clapp, Author, Historian
February 13 Exploring Route 66 Through the Mojave
Jim Conkle, Executive Director of the Route 66 Preservation Foundation and Steve Brown, Publisher, Documentary Producer, Writer
March 13 Native American Plant Uses
Daniel McCarthy, MS, Anthropology
April 10 Living on the Desert’s Edge (12 years of my wildlife encounters in and around my home at the edge of a desert wilderness)
Jim Cornett, Biologist, Weekly Columnist with the Desert Sun
May 8
The Geology of Gold and Silver
D.D Trent, Ph.D. Geology, Professor Emeritus, Citrus College
June 12
Death Valley National Park: A History Char Miller, Director, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis Program, Pomona College


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