Welcome to The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert (HSUMD)
HSUMD is a non-profit corporation located in Ridgecrest, California. Its mission is to preserve and promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the social, commercial and cultural heritage of Ridgecrest, California, and the surrounding areas of the Indian Wells Valley and the nearby Rand Mining District. The HSUMD also has an active Genealogical Committee that is established to encourage and enable genealogical research, to collect and to preserve the materials of genealogy and history, to spread genealogical information, and to teach genealogical research methods.
The HSUMD’s offices, library, history collections and exhibits, meeting area and performance stage for community events, gift shop and museum are located in the Historic USO Building and adjacent buildings in Ridgecrest, California. A wide-ranging genealogical research library is also housed in this facility.