TWENTYNINE PALMS — The Twentynine Palms Historical Society invites everyone to the Old Timers Gathering from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.
This annual Pioneer Days event got its start in 1968, when pioneers Prudie and Bill Underhill hosted a gathering in their home. It originally was billed as an “old-fashioned hand-shaking, back-slapping get-together to reminisce about homesteading and road-building days.”
Today, the Old Timers Gathering is for anyone interested in the history of Twentynine Palms who wants to meet some of the earlier residents and share their memories and stories of Twentynine Palms with others. Admission is FREE and snacks and soft drinks will be provided.
This year’s gathering will celebrate 2022 “Old Timer of the Year” honoree David Smith as well as Oscar Bailey the 2022 Pioneer Days grand marshal. The “Old Timer of the Year” program was created in 2014 to honor early or long-time residents who contributed significantly to the development or betterment of the Twentynine Palms’ community. The program is intended to honor “everyday heroes” whose contributions and efforts over the years have largely gone unsung.
Remember, the youngsters of today are the old timers of tomorrow. No one is too old or too young to participate!
The gathering will be held at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive. For more information, see the society’s website 29palmshistorical.com or call (760) 367-2366.
Courtesy Photo: OldTimers-2021-Ann.jpg – Ann (Underhill) Congdon finds herself as a child while identifying a historical photo during the 2021 Old Timers Gathering.