Taking Stronger Steps for Our Future


March may have come in like a lamb, but it doesn’t seem to have the same commitment for the last days of March as our board members, who are moving out of March like lions. We are taking stronger steps for our future to secure a better plan and more focus.

With our partnership tied to Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association (LVEDA) and a groundbreaking history book due out this Spring, we are seeing evidence of more attention in preserving our history. LVEDA is supporting the printing costs of the Lucerne Valley book with the proceeds of the sales going to the Lucerne Valley Museum and History Association.

This is a big step in a positive direction.

It’s tough for a small museum group to make much headway without the support and recognition of the community. Millie Rader, daughter-in-law of Martha Rader currently on the Board, has gathered the stories and tall tales from a number of sources. She and her team are now in the last phases of proofing and prepping the book. We can’t wait to see it.

We hope that each family in our extensive community will purchase a book to read, share with their children, and find a place on their shelves for their next generation to read. Copies will be available in our local library. It will be a great resource for school grade children to use when they study our local history.


1. We have several phases in the works for  creating a face-lift for our “Open Air” Museum yard. As many of you know, we wish to raise money to have a building of our own. For now, we are aiming for rehab efforts on one of our large wooden storage buildings. Once ready, it will be moved into our fenced yard for a necessary workshop and storage.

2.Next is the replanting of some native desert plants and ID markers. As an interpretive walk-thru — self-guided in most cases — markers are part of our upgrade. We also have interpretive signs in the works. A visitor can walk through and read the history of the area, the plant usage by native dwellers, and the strong mining and agricultural influences our valley has experienced today.

Kids are central to keeping our history alive. They want to touch and immerse themselves in learning by getting their hands dirty. So, we’ve added inter-play tables that will allow children to dig for fossils and artifacts. During special events we’d like to offer “gold” panning to simulate the shaker and dry panning methods that prospectors used.

3.Thinking in smaller modular array, we’d like to bring in three Western-styled wooden sheds, each with a specific theme — mining and assay, the kitchen, and native to present “agro”-cultural changes our valley has seen.  These themed buildings will be tied together with a wooden boardwalk for easy access.

Are you excited like we are? We hope so. See us make these strong steps into our future and with your help in work parties — we’ve had three  already — we can make the plans really happen. The big picture is a full building with all the amenities. But, until then, we can still be your favorite place to dig history.

If you have any ideas, wish to volunteer for a work party, or join our museum membership for only $10 a year, be sure to contact Rusty 760-248-6777 or Louis 442-243-2515.

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Author: Rusty LaGrange

I'm active on the Board of Directors to help keep local history alive.

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