We know Lori Wear, curator of collections of the Kern County Museum, is a local treasure. But it's nice to know she's also recognized at the state level.

The Conference of California Historical Societies presented her with an Individual Award of Merit last week at their annual meeting in Roseville.

The award was given in recognition of Wear's long-term dedication to preserving and sharing local history with the community. Wear is well-known to the historical community and patrons who frequent the Kern County Museum and Pioneer Village.

Working at the museum for more than 19 years, there is little in which Wear has not had a hand. From assisting honors students with selecting period dress for living history days to managing collections and displays and working at special events held at the museum, Wear is involved with the vast array of day-to-day operations. She also oversees the new Research Center, which is located at the museum and was constructed thanks to a grant from The Bakersfield Californian Foundation.

The one constant at the Kern County Museum over the years, Wear and her contributions to the collection and preservation of Kern County’s history cannot be overstated. She began her career as the museum’s collections manager in 1998, becoming the curator of collections in 2006.  Under her care, the collection has grown and been better preserved. She is also a frequent visitor to the archiving class at East Bakersfield High School, where she has inspired many students to pursue history degrees. 

The Kern County Historical Society is a member of the Conference of California Historical Societies, and proudly submitted the nomination request to the awards committee for this prestigious award. The purpose of the historical society is to preserve the heritage of Kern County; restore, preserve, and mark historical sites; and present educational and historical programs to the community.

The vision of the Conference of California Historical Societies is to empower historical societies in their mission to preserve California history by making them stronger and more responsive to their communities through organizational development and the sharing of successful strategies.

Kitty DeArmond is corresponding secretary for the Kern County Historical Society.

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.

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