Charles Lummis and the Southwest Museum


OSH_April_Charles_Lummis_sp1329 Palms, CA. – Charles Fletcher Lummis, best known in the Los Angeles area for his strong stance on Indian rights and his long-running periodical Out West, was a key figure in the founding of the Southwest Museum in 1907. Twenty-two years later, Elizabeth and Bill Campbell established the Twentynine Palms Branch of the Southwest Museum at their home in Twentynine Palms. Though Lummis and Elizabeth Campbell probably never met, they would have instantly recognized in each other the same strong, independent spirit, and the same dedication to high ideals, knowledge, and adventure. Lummis, a Harvard alumni and classmate of Teddy Roosevelt, was a pioneer in Southwestern history, anthropology, and archaeology, as well as a willful, stubborn, and often eccentric and contradictory character. Join archaeologist Dr. John Hale in an exploration of the colorful and diverse nature of the Charles Lummis and his lasting legacy on Los Angeles, the Southwest, and the United States.

There will also be an optional dinner with the speaker at 5 pm at the 29 Palms Inn, space is limited and attendees are responsible for their own meal. If interested in dinner please RSVP to Marion Gartner 760-361-1202 or

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The lecture will be held at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Dr., 29 Palms,

Friday, April 12, 7 pm; $5 at the door Optional dinner with the speaker at 5 pm at the 29 Palms Inn, contact Marion to RSVP for the dinner at 361-1202 or

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