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29 Palms Historical Society News - Desert Notebooks--A Road Map for the End of Time

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Subject: 29 Palms Historical Society News - Desert Notebooks--A Road Map for the End of Time
Date: June 5th 2021
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  The 2020-2021 Second Friday Lecture Series continues...
    Friday, June 11th at 12:00pm with another DIGITAL EVENT. Poster

   "Desert Notebooks—A Road Map for the End of Time"
    by Ben Ehrenreich

Ben Ehrenreich, author "Desert Notebooks—A Road Map for the End of Time," will discuss how environmental destruction and an unstable geopolitical landscape have led the world to the brink of calamity during a virtual lecture this coming Friday.

The Desert Institute and the Twentvnine Palms and the Old Schoolhouse Museum will offer the Old Schoolhouse Second Friday Lecture at noon Friday, June 11.

Ehrenreich's work has appeared in Harper's magazine, the New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Books and Los Angeles Magazine. In 2011 he was awarded a National Magazine Award,

His last book, "The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine," based on his reporting from the West Bank, was one of the Guardian's Best Books of 2016. He is also the author of two novels, "Ether" and "The Suitors."

Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, this virtual lecture will be held on Friday, June 11 at 12 pm. The cost for the online presentation is $5.00 plus a $1.24 online processing fee.

To register for this virtual evening program, please browse to

One With The Creosote cover
Willie Boy & The Last Western Manhunt
By Clifford E Trafzer

The saga of Willie Boy has survived over one hundred years and the captivating story remains alive today. American Indians throughout Southern California, the American Southwest, and Great Basin remember the story well. Willie Boy’s pursuit of redemption, his attempt to become culturally whole again, reflects a tragic journey that still resonates today, over a hundred years on from the deaths of William Mike and Carlota. In his journey to survive, Willie Boy challenged numerous lawmen eager to capture or kill him, prompting the posse, press, and citizens to demonize Willie Boy.

Clifford E. Trafzer is a Distinguished Professor of History and Costo Chair of Amerian Indian Affairs at the University of California, Riverside. He has published A Chemehuevi Song, Fighting Invisible Enemies, Strong Hearts & Healing Hands, and Shadows of Sherman Institute.

One With The Creosote cover
One With The Creosote – Memories of a Desert Child
With a blending of poetic imagery and journalistic prose, writer Chris Tiffany reflects on her childhood growing up on the Mojave Desert during the '50s and '60s, to reveal the origins of an interwoven connection to the natural world around her and its influence on her life's paths and perspectives.

Tiffany, a Santa Ynez Valley resident who grew up in Twentynine Palms, is daughter of the late Joe and Margot Spangenberg, who moved their family from San Pedro, California, to Twentynine Palms in 1953. The Oasis of Mara, at the northern entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, was her childhood playground.

Photo of Chris Tiffany Since age 10, Tiffany has kept personal diaries and journals, and credits her writing talent to her mother, who worked as a reporter for The Desert Trail for many years.

A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Tiffany is a former director of the Santa Ynez Valley Family School, whose curriculum encourages exploration of the surrounding Los Padres National Forest as an extension of the classroom.

A 40-year resident of the Santa Ynez Valley, she is a past editor of the Women's Environmental Watch newsletter, and served as the initial publicist and program coordinator for Arts Outreach for many years.

She continues to enjoy frequent retreats to her cabin on the boundary of Joshua Tree National Park.

Remember Our Gift Shop When Looking For That Special Gift

    You'll find Howard Pierce ceramics, sun purple glass, things made by local artists and craftspeople, and books and items of local interest in our gift shop. Be sure to stop by and do your shopping.

    We're open 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Engraved Commemorative Bricks
Bricks in front of Old Schoolhouse steps

Reserve yourself a place in history and help support the museum by purchasing an engraved brick.

Over the years many of our members and supporters have purchased Engraved Commemorative Bricks. The proceeds of these brick sales, beyond the actual cost of the bricks and engraving, goes to our general fund. The bricks are permanently displayed around our flagpole and in front of the Old Schoolhouse steps. Bricks are still available and you may contribute a brick in anyone's name, your company, or organization name.

Engraved bricks are $35.00 for one engraved line or 4 bricks for $120.00. Two additional lines may be purchased for $5.00 each.

The bricks, unless requested to be grouped, will be installed, at random, in front of the steps of the Old Schoolhouse.

Download an order form here. Order forms may also be picked up at the Old Schoolhouse Museum.

Young Historian Program
Young Historian Logo

The goal of the Twentynine Palms Historical Society's Young Historian program is to encourage the youth of Twentynine Palms to become more familiar with our local history. Our area has been a crossroads and melting pot for many cultures throughout time. Exhibits and information at the Old Schoolhouse Museum touch on Native Americans, miners, cattlemen, early pioneer families, and the military. It is a wonderful launch point for young minds.

The requirements for membership into Young Historians give children a well-rounded, fun lesson in that history. Accompanied by an adult, the prospective Young Historian will:

1. Complete the Hunting for History at the Old Schoolhouse Museum.
2. Complete the Mural Tour of Twentynine Palms and visit Veterans Park.
3. Visit the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center and walk the Oasis of Mara Nature Trail.
4. On the Old Schoolhouse grounds, walk the Frances Sabol Eco Trail, visit the Old Mining and Hastie Bus Exhibits and describe the Twentynine Palms Historical Society logo to the docent on staff.

Once this mission is complete, each inductee will receive a commemorative T-shirt designating their new status as a Young Historian.

The program currently focuses on students in grades 3 through 6.

Young Historian brochures may be picked up at the museum or downloaded from our Young Historian webpage.

The following businesses support our Society,please support them.

29 Palms Inn
Jane & Paul Smith, Owners/Innkeepers

29 Palms Creative Center and Gallery
Gretchen Grunt, Proprietor

A New Creation Flowers & Gifts
Faith Arwick, Proprietor

California Retired Teachers Association
Hi Desert Division 62

PO Box 561, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

Campbell House Inn
Heidi Grunt, Innkeeper

Desert Christ Park Foundation

Florals, etc By Pat
Pat Flynn-Zawojski, Artist

Friends of Wonder Valley
PO Box 1704, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

The Gladys Carol Scholarship Program, Inc.
Cheryl Gillon, Founder

High Desert Test Sites

Homestead Inn
Jerri Hagman, Proprietor

Joshua Tree Mini-Storage

McClay Distributors, Inc.
Bill McClay & Debby McClure

Morongo Basin Historical Society

Smitty's Bargain Box
Jacob & Crystal Smith, proprietors
73355 Sullivan Road
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

Sunnyvale Garden Suites
Tony & Cora Naraval, proprietors

Swift Pool & Spa Service
Shawn Swift, proprietor

Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians

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