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Chelsea LaGrange, a recent Open-Air Museum Docent Lead, one of the youngest members on the Board holds a bachelor in psychology , an associates in business, runs her own business, is a school board member, community advocate, children's book writer and a mom of 4. She brings with her enthusiasm, children’s craft programs, interactive display designs for children, community events and an active calendar for 2022.


Frank Castillo, a avid classic car collector, enjoys the promotional and marketing aspects of car shows. He has managed several businesses, holds a busness degree and finds his skills helpful in raising funds for local Youth soccer teams. Frank bring the excitement of some one with 1/3 of his experience is an asset to the broad and  keeps the board moving at a fast pace.


Barbara “Rusty” LaGrange, Treasurer and Curator, has an extensive background in antiques and collectibles, has worked as a journalist for many years and continues as a freelance writer, author, She is currently Distribution and Sales for the newest local history book — Lucerne Valley: A Wild West Town of Character(s).  She is also a long time member of California Writers Club High Desert branch, and spends time creating and producing a monthly newsletter and a statewide digital news magazine.

Vice President

Melissa Shadwick, a life time Lucerne Valley resident, has been a crucial member in the museum helping behind the scene to complete projects and host events.



Board Members of the Past

Martha Rader

Parliamentarian and Secretary, has an extensive understanding of nonprofit administration and is a long-time resident. While working for more than twenty years with her husband, Chuck Rader, she assisted with Board business, memberships, and indexing collections.

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