The Kern County Museum is a treasure trove of local history but even it doesn't have everything you need to know about the region. For an upcoming event, the folks at the museum will bring their own vast knowledge to another historic location.
The museum is taking a field trip 44 miles north on Feb. 3 to Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, a preservation of Allensworth, the only town in the state founded, financed and governed by black Americans in the early 1900s.
Those going on the field trip will meet at the Kern County Museum at 9 a.m., with transportation to the park provided. Space is limited to 25 people. Admission is $10, plus fees.
The field trip is part of a new effort to bring the museum off its 3801 Chester Ave. location and out into the community for special events. A second field trip, scheduled for March 3 at 10 a.m., will take guests to the Bakersfield High School archives. That will also be $10.
At Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, guests will learn about the small community that lived in Allensworth after its 1908 founding. Col. Allen Allensworth, an Army chaplain, educator and orator, started the town to create a place where a black community could thrive, free from slavery and oppression. His belief in black self-reliance inspired many to move to his new colony, which at one point had 300 families.
Though the residents eventually left, the town of Allensworth and its buildings were restored and recreated as a state park in 1974.
If you can't make it to the field trip with the Kern County Museum, the Friends of Allensworth Foundation will hold its annual Old Time Jubilee on May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information on the field trip, go to kerncountymuseum.org or call 437-3330.