MHS maintains a large archive of local history which is located in the "Local History Room" at the Victor Valley College Library in Victorville. The archives are available for research by appointment.
We strive to get interesting speakers for our regular meetings. Subjects vary but we try to focus the topics on historical subjects concerning the Mojave Desert and adjacent areas.
We have a variety of books for sale, including the Mohahve Series, of which History of Victor Valley by Dr. Edward Leo Lyman is the most noted. There are also books authored by some of our members.
Each month we invite a different guest speaker to deliver a lecture at our general meeting. Past speakers have included experts on topics such as Mitchell Caverns, the Mojave National Preserve, the saga of Willie Boy, Wildland Fires, Movie Making in the Victor Valley, Big Horn Sheep, and the Mojave River as a Natural Resource, among countless other subjects.
Please click the link below to find out more about our distinguished speakers and their fascinating topics.
Our photo collection has been moved to the Victor Valley College Library's Local History Room, which is maintained by volunteers from the Mohahve Historical Society.
The collection contains many old photos of the local Mojave Desert area that have been donated by longtime residents or their families.
With the move completed, the photos are now available for public viewing and reference work by appointment during normal operating hours.
Call VVC Librarian Leslie Huiner at (760) 245-4271, extension 2262 to make an appointment.
Florence "Pancho" Barnes was one of the most important women in 20th Century aviation. A tough and fearless aviatrix, Pancho was a rival of Amelia Earhart who made a name for herself as Hollywood's first female stunt pilot.
Just before WWII Pancho opened a ranch near Edwards Air Force Base that became a famous -- some would say notorious -- hangout for test pilots and movie stars. Known as the Happy Bottom Riding Club, it became the epicenter of the aviation world during the early jet age. Chuck Yeager celebrated breaking the sound barrier there in 1947, and Howard Hughes and Jimmy Doolittle caroused in the bar.
The Club's destruction by fire in 1953 is seen by many to mark the end of a Golden Era in post-WWII aviation. In the same fashion, Pancho herself has become something of a legend, a fascinating yet enigmatic icon whose swagger is often celebrated, but whose story has been largely unknown
Join us on September 26, 2019 for an entertaining and informative documentary titled The Life and Times of Pancho Barnes.