Hello MHS Members:
Spring has sprung, and hopefully, the weather will cooperate for our planned outdoor events.
For those of you who don't love driving in the dark, for the next six months it will be light out when you arrive at the Lone Wolf Colony for our monthly evening meetings. However, please don't arrive before 6:30. It is creating confusion when members and guests arrive before the board members and speaker are ready to greet you. I know you can't wait to get there, but remember, things go much more smoothly when you allow us our needed set-up time.
Thanks to member John Blanc for his donation to the monument fund. Our remaining balance is just over $300, which does not include whatever costs may be associated with the tortoise repair. There is an unexpected glitch in retrieving the Palisades Ranch monument, which we hope to resolve soon.
Now I would like to do a little bragging on our board members. Over the past year or so we have received numerous thank-yous and compliments by way of phone calls, emails, and actual thank-you notes. Yes, some people still take the time to put pen to paper to write a note, place it in an envelope with a stamp, and mail it! Positive comments have been received regarding the "Muse," fieldtrips, monument repair, the Membership Directory, fieldtrip and meeting reminders, and the organization in general. Our thanks to John Marnell, Linda Titus, Nick Cataldo, Elizabeth Ross, Norman Bossom, Trudy Shoemaker, Jeanne Brown, and others who have sent positive comments. We also welcome constructive criticism, which is why the Suggestion sheets are on the check-in table at meetings. But don't be too hard on us, as we are all volunteers. I am trying to keep our name out there and attract new members.
On Wed. Feb.23 I was invited to speak at the MOAA (Military Officers Association) group at Spring Valley lake Country Club. What topic did they want me to speak on? Why, whatever I wanted. So I took the opportunity to promote the MHS, the AV and VV Legacy Museums, and to summarize the accomplishments of the AV Historic Advisory Committee. In addition, I discussed our Murray Ranch display on the Smithsonian Traveling Greenbook Exhibit tour, and the upcoming Capt. Joseph McConnell Centennial Celebration. Several MHS books sold, as well as posters and other museum for-sale items.
On Sun. March 6 I attended the Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce 3rd annual "Evening Affaire," held for the first time at the SB County Fairgrounds, proudly wearing my MHS badge, and a few others. Lots of prominant community members and local elected officials were there as always, the food was good, the band was outstanding, and the comraderie was appreciated. I did see a few other MHS members, as well as representatives from the Lone Wolf Colony. The last time I checked the limited edition beautifully framed Roy Rogers poster donated by Bob and Karin Tinsley had a $300 bid on it.
Thanks to all of you for your continued support, and especially those of you who bring guests and recruit new members.
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.
[The copyrights of all photos on this website are owned by the Mohahve Historical Society. All rights reserved.]
This is the original Clyde family cabin in Lone Pine Canyon that was used by Virgil and Wyatt Earp.
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 Lone Wolf Colony on the fourth Thursday of every month, except 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.
New to the MHS website! I am now adding a blog with more information on the presentations and field trips we attend! I am in the process of updating the website, so check back often for the 2023 Schedule of Events, both on the website and the blog. The newsletters will be on a delayed display as you need to be a member to get them. Please renew your membership if you have not done so, or sign up for one! ~ Stormie ~