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The Desert Queen Ranch and the Keys Family
Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series

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Join Laureen Lentz, retired National Park Service Interpretive Ranger and Volunteer Coordinator, for an exploration of the history of the Desert Queen Ranch and the Keys family. In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. William F. Keys and his family are particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. Laureen has conducted tours at the Keys Ranch for 12 years and personally knows Bill Keys 92 year old son, Willis Keys.

Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, this lecture is held at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, on Friday, October 11 at 7 pm. This lecture is open to the public and costs $5 per person at the door. Optional dinner with speaker at 5 pm at the 29 Palms Inn, room 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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