ROSAMOND — The Kern Antelope Historical Society will celebrate its 60th anniversary on Thursday with a daylong event at the Wanda Kirk Library in Rosamond highlighting area history.

The library, at 3611 Rosamond Blvd., will feature exhibits on area landmarks such as Tropico Gold Mine, the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound, Willow Springs past and present, and Rosamond Skypark; and events such as the Rosamond Fair and Rodeo.

Famous Edwards Air Force Base-area personality Pancho Barnes will be featured in an exhibit from the Antelope Valley Rural Museum.

The library parking lot will showcase vintage vehicles including a Willow Springs race car and a Model T Ford, as well as demonstrate a gold dredge used in mining.

Information on the society, including a roll call of its founding members, a display of current members and an explanation of the historical society’s mission will be part of the exhibits.

The festivities begin at 8 a.m. with visits by fourth-grade students from Westpark and Rosamond Elementary schools.

Following the school trip, the exhibits open to the general public from 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

At 5 p.m., the Kern Antelope Historical Society will hold its election of officers for the coming year, with the introduction of special guests and light refreshments.

A bevy of Kern Antelope Historical Society books, maps, posters, mugs and postcards will be available for sale, some commemorating the 60th anniversary.

The society was founded in 1959 for the purpose of learning and preserving the history of the High Desert area.

The organization holds its regular monthly meetings and historical programs on the second Thursday of each month, except July and August, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the library.

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