* Programs are normally held in the Tejon Room at Beale Memorial Library, unless otherwise designated.
* Workshops and special programs will be added through the year. Check back for updates.
Hospitality Chair, Norma Martinez, and her helpers are planning the KCGS Annual Picnic & KCGS 55th Birthday Celebration! Bring a side dish and join us on June 18th, 5pm start time. We will be meeting indoors at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1900 Baker Street, Bakersfield. Parking & entry door at back of the church.
Beale Memorial Library Auditorium
Presented by Commander Tony Lee and Executive Director Loetha Slade, retired teacher and General of the local Buffalo Soldiers Organization will present a history of the Buffalo Soldiers in the Civil War. The Buffalo Soldiers in Bakersfield work with at risk youth in Bakersfield and strive to instill a code of ethics that would live up to the character and ambition of the Buffalo Soldiers.
Member's Annual Christmas Party. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1800 Baker Street, Bakersfield, CA Turkey & Ham provided. Ladies, please bring a side dish. Gentlemen, please bring a dessert. Raffle, silent auction, entertainment! Hope to see all members there!
What is more appropriate for October than a Cemetery Tour! KCGS member and docent for Union Cemetery, John Codd, will lead us on a tour of Historic Union Cemetery. Here rests the families that started Bakersfield including; Col Baker, himself. Join us at 1pm and think about a possible night tour with John Codd.
"City of Two Chinatowns: The History of the Chinese in Bakersfield as seen through the Choo Ly and Ng Hon Kim Families". Bakersfield once had the distinction of having two separate Chinatowns. Father Gregory Kimm, a native of Bakersfield and the descendant of two local pioneer Chinese families, will use the examples of his own ancestors to talk about the history of the Bakersfield Chinese Community.
The Park may be a bit warm, so we have decided to have the picnic indoors at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1900 Baker Street, Bakersfield, CA 93305. Parking & entrance to the Parish Hall are in the back. Social time 5pm, dinner at 6pm. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Join in the fun and wear Old Fashioned garb!
"Historic Union Cemetery Daughters of the Union Veterans Civil War Project, Veterans' Marker Project 2017" will be presented by Lynda Fynch, a member of the DUVCW, Ida Saxton McKinley, Tent 93. The goal of the project adopted by the DUVCW was to provide markers for those soldiers who did not have one. Lynda will take you on the investigative study that was conducted to identify unmarked plots and learn about these Civil War veterans. The month of May is an appropriate month for Lynda, a DUVCW member, to share Tent 93's project as Memorial Day developed from the Civil War.
Date correction, from 4/11/18 to correct date, 4/17/18 . Join us as we recognize and celebrate all of our wonderful KCGS Volunteers! It is National Volunteer Week and what a better way to celebrate than to honor the many volunteers of our organization. We will recognize our friends, eat cake and tell about our Family Treasures! Members and guests are invited to bring an ancestor's object and tell the story about it. Your item could be a letter, photograph, glassware, a book, an award or some sort of item that reminds us of our family's history. Bring your Family Treasure to share with your fellow genealogists!
This informative and interesting presentation was originally written by longtime member, Art Murray who has moved away, but graciously shared his information and findings with our local DNA researcher, Barbara Long. Join us at 1pm at the Beale Library, Tejon Room on the 2nd Floor.
Join KCGS Members and Tour Guide, Lori Wear of the KC Museum, on Tuesday, February 20th about 1pm. If the weather is nice, bring a sack lunch and join other members on the museum grounds for lunch before the tour.
The first program of 2018 will focus on “Kern County’s Rosie the Riveters”. It will be presented by Lori Wear, Kern County Museum Curator of Collections. Lori is also a Kern County Historian and third generation Kern County family.
Rosie the Riveter was a World War II icon, representing the women who worked in factories and shipyards, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who joined the military. Rosie the Riveter is used as a symbol of feminism and women's economic power. Images of women workers were widespread in the media as government posters, and commercial advertising was heavily used by the government to encourage women to volunteer for wartime service in factories.
Beale Memorial Library, Tejon Room, Second Floor. Refreshments will be served.