(KERNVILLE, Calif., March 2, 2019) -  Second only to “Smokey Bear,” fire lookouts have become one of the national forests most widely recognized treasures.  At one time, there were over 8,000 fire lookouts across the United States; today there are fewer than 900.  Computerized lightning detection systems and air patrols have sadly taken over much of the role and importance of lookouts in locating wildfires.

To honor and help preserve the few remaining lookouts on the Sequoia National Forest, Kern Valley artist Carla Aubrey will present a special Exhibit featuring 30 of her original oil paintings depicting historic fire lookouts on the forest.  The event is sponsored by the Kern River Valley Historical Society.

The public is invited to attend a special day of celebration on Saturday, May 4 at the Kern Valley Museum from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to view the Exhibit, “Eyes of the Forest – Sequoia’s Lookouts.”  The Museum is located at 49 Big Blue Road in Kernville, Calif.  Refreshments will be served.

The Exhibit includes paintings of former lookouts dating from the early 1900s through the 1950s, and original paintings of the nine lookouts that remain today.  Other collection material includes rare historical documents, photographs, and past news articles.  A lookout “Osborne Fire Finder” will be available on loan from the Forest Service National Technology and Development Center.  The historic fire finder was used in fire detection and came from a dismantled lookout.

The Exhibit and Lookout collection will be on display Thursday through Sunday, starting April 19 through May 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information about the Exhibit, please contact the Kern Valley Museum at (760) 376-6683 or visit their website at www.kernvalleymuseum.org.

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Tulare County Museum Main Street Jamboree!

Join the museum on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate the heritage of Tulare County. You will see a blacksmith at work, model trains, a woodworking demonstration, and leanr about our local tribes from the Tule River Language Project. We hope you will come learn about our local history as you enjoy hayrides, live music, and food for purchase by Ribas Kitchen and Tiki Snow. For more information please visit www.tularecountymuseum.org and click below for the flyer.

2019 Main Street Jamboree Flyer