Museum can't show us the cool stuff until the clutter is gone

A section of a storage area at Kern Pioneer Village — formerly the Kern County Museum —  will eventually house the Raymond A. Watson Transportation Exhibit. “We’ve got to have some space,” said Sheryl Barbich, who serves on the board of the nonprofit foundation that runs the museum.  “Right now, everything is jumbled together.”

Anyone who’s ever decided it’s easier to park on the street than to eke out space in a packed-to-the-rafters garage can empathize with what they’re going through at Kern Pioneer Village.

The stuff — 75 years of stuff — has taken over.

For every vintage Model T, there’s a railroad hand car whose wooden parts have rotted away in the sun. The museum is said to have the world’s biggest ditch plow, a 1,400-pound behemoth, but it also has 13 run-of-the-mill washing machines. Scores of assorted objects, many in various stages of

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A new leader, a new name, a new mission statement, new admission/ rental pricing. And that’s only a partial list of the “new” at the museum dedicated to Kern County history, all at the hands of CEO Zoot Velasco, a “change agent,” according to his official bio. His official bio wasn’t kidding. At

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