The Mohahve Historical Society (MHS) is a non-profit organization formed in 1964 by history students at Victor Valley College. Our members are dedicated to learning about and preserving the history of the Mojave Desert. We research, record, teach, and publish the history of the people and communities of the Mojave Desert area.
We truly range in age from 8 to 80+ and offer special low rates for students, couples, and families.
Anyone may become a member, although you do not have to be a member to attend our general meetings and guest lectures. We offer temporary, one-day membership for field trips so that all participants are covered under our liability insurance.
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Each month, we invite guest speakers to educate us on some aspect of local history or lore. Lectures are top quality and usually include a PowerPoint presentation and interactive displays. The audience has an opportunity to talk with the speaker during the Q&A session after the lecture. Speakers often have autographed books to sell.
Our general meetings are held at the Redeemer Church, 22434 Nisqually Road, Apple Valley, California on the fourth Thursday of every month, except July and August when we take our summer break, and November and December when we meet on the third Thursday due to Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and last about 90 minutes. Meetings are open to the public and are free to attend. Complimentary refreshments are provided.
Guests and members alike have an opportunity to win a valuable history book and other door prizes during the free drawing after each meeting.
Our field trips can be a one day trip or may last as long as three days, and typically take place on the weekend following our general meeting.
We try to have a monthly field trip that corresponds to the general meeting subject. Check our calendar for planned outings.
The Mohahve Historical Society chose the spelling “Mohahve” from the journal of the noted military leader and explorer John C. Fremont who explored this area during 1843—1844.
We are members of the California Conference of Historical Societies and the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Our board of directors meets once a month throughout the year, excepting July and August. We typically meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings usually run for one hour.
We currently meet at the Sterling Inn, 17738 Francesca Road, Victorville, CA 92395. Many thanks to the Sterling Inn for their generosity in providing our meeting room free of charge.
Because we are a non-profit organization, members in good standing are welcome to attend all our board meetings.
Attendees are not allowed to speak while the meeting is in progress, or to participate in the debates, unless they request to do so in advance.
Only members of the board of directors are allowed to cast votes.
Member Participation is Encouraged!
Come see how the organization is run, learn how your dues are utilized, and become informed about the decisions facing the organization.