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 2016 and Spring 2017 Lecture Schedule:

September 8 A Chemehuevi Song
Clifford Trafzer, Professor of History, UC Riverside
October 14 Land of Little Rain
Walter Feller, Photographer
November 11 The Imaginal Desert
Dr. Catherine Svelha, Storyteller, Educator
December 9 The Hatch’s of Twentynine Palms
Liz Meyer, daughter of Bill and Ada Hatch
January 13 Pioneering Women of the Morongo Basin
Pat Rimmington, Author, Historian
February 10 Virginia City
Nick Clapp, Author, Historian
March 10 Marshall South Rides Again
Diana Lindsey, Author
April 14 Henry Mockel, the Artist
Tania Marien, founder/editor of
May 12
The Adobes of 29 Palms
Pat Rimmington, Author, Historian
June 9
The Military History of the Salton Sea
Sid Burks, 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! Subscribers also receive reserved seating at the events.  To subscribe to the series, please call  (760) 367-5535, 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), or sign up online (click the link below).  For more information contact the Desert Institute, (760)367-5535.

 Subscribe Online


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