Historical Society Elects New Board Member

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — Twenty-nine members of the Twentynine Palms Historical Society attended the organization’s annual meeting Nov. 18 at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, electing a new board member, approving the 2018 budget and amending the society’s bylaws.

By unanimous vote, Jim Krushat will replace outgoing director Marilyn Collier, who will remain on the society’s Accessions Committee. Directors Nolan Lockwood and John Steiner were re-elected to the board. In calling for the election, board Vice President Greg Mendoza thanked Collier for her work as a director. In addition to her work with accessions, Collier serves as a docent, greeting visitors, conducting tours and working in the museum gift shop.

During his report, historical society President Les Snodgrass updated the membership on Phase II of the organization’s expansion project, which will add a 2,222-square-foot building on the museum grounds. It will include a 1,500-square-foot multipurpose room with seating for up to 200 people, a catering kitchen and pantry, restrooms, storage rooms and courtyard.

Plans have been completed and building will commence once the Twentynine Palms City Council approves required permits, Snodgrass said. A total of $140,000 has been raised for the project.

Snodgrass noted the organization is looking for an editor for the Journal, a quarterly publication mailed to members. He also thanked a donor, who wished to remain anonymous, for paying for printing and mailing costs association with the fall and winter Journals.

Snodgrass also provided highlights from the year ending Oct. 31, including:

• The Red Hot Auction organized by Larry Bowden raised more than $4,000 for the expansion fund and the Desert Chic Social organized by Cathy Snodgrass raised more than $2,800 for the general fund.

• The society received a $500 grant from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Officers’ Spouses’ Club.

• A World War II exhibit project spearheaded by Krushat is under way.

Snodgrass noted that 2,405 visitors signed in at the museum between November 2016 and October 2017, down 400 from the previous year.

Museum events brought in several hundred visitors, including 85 for the Old Timers Gathering held during Pioneer Days and 28 for a 1950s-60s class reunion held the weekend before. The 2017 Weed Show, held the first weekend in November featured 211 entries by 46 participants and drew 417 visitors.

Melodie Allen, who coordinates docent schedules with Jim Woolsey, reported that the society has 33 active docents, who worked 1,316 hours between November 2016 and October 2017.

After a presentation by Lockwood, historical society treasurer, members voted unanimously to approve the 2018 budget, which sets aside $18,290 for operating costs.

They also voted unanimously to amend the organization’s bylaws to clarify the board’s meetings schedule and audit committee procedures, and to add an indemnification clause.

The meeting adjourned with an announcement by Snodgrass that the historical society’s newest Young Historian is Ryker Kessel.

For more information about the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, its projects and memberships, and the Old Schoolhouse Museum, go online to or visit the museum at 6760 National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

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