2023 Lecture Series

2023 Lecture Series


Our spring lecture series will feature the following programs in Historic Standard School on Wednesday evenings at 6 PM.


February 8

 “Mt. Zion Baptist Church- A Tradition of Faith, Service and Love”

Pamela Smith will share the 135 year history of one of California’s oldest African

American congregations that continues to thrive despite great economic and societal



March 8

“Movie Stars in Kern County”

Ron Anderson of the Kern Valley Museum tells the tale of how Kern River Valley has been the background for many famous films. From westerns to sci-fi, Kern River Valley has appeared on screens across the world.


April 12

“Wendell Kinney: Racial Integration during World War II”

Historian/ author Randy Fendrick tells the story of local business man Wendell Kinney who was assigned to an African American band in the Navy during the war. He played vibraphone in a navy band in Chicago as one of the few white members as a precursor to racial integration of the armed services.


May 10

 “A History of 150 Years of Bakersfield Beer Brewing”

Join our Museum Director Mike McCoy as he surveys the rich 150 year history of local beer production, distribution and the new craft movement. Samples after the lecture from a local craft brewer for those 21 years and older.

The Kern County Museum offers lectures for adults on the first and third Wednesday in February - May and August - November.

All lectures take place at the Kern County Museum’s Standard School at 6:00 pm

Free for KCM Museum members.
Non-members welcome with donation.

For More Information Call 661-437-3330

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