Students are discovering a new field trip destination: the Harrison Building on Main Street, which houses the collections of the International Banana Museum and the Old Town Hesperia Museum.


Recently a group of elementary school students from Tri-City Christian School in Hesperia visited the facility to take a look at the vast collection of all things yellow and a surprisingly intriguing history of Hesperia. With another 10 or so visitors stopping by, the presentation had about 40 visitors eager to learn.


"They were very attentive, very cool kids," said Gary "Griz" Drylie, the founder/curator of the Old Town Hesperia Museum.


Working alongside International Banana Museum founder Ken Bannister, Drylie, who was decked out in his mountain man hat and coat, shared highlights from their collections.


"I talked about the trains, Kitt Carson. Those kinds of things," Drylie said.


Bannister, who began his unique collection in the early 1970s, talked about the yellow fruit.


"We can feed off each other [during presentations]," Drylie said. "Mr. Ken Bannister is a very animated individual. He holds the kids' interest."


Bannister has been featured on "The Tonight Show," "The Today Show" and others. Drylie also is taking to the airwaves, but on a more local level. Forming a partnership of sorts with the Sultana High School video production class, he has helped create two local features. The most recent, which is nearly completed, is a video on the history of Hesperia's former potato fields.


Drylie, who is a member of the Hesperia Area District Foundation board of directors, is coming up with new ideas to make Hesperia history interesting to young people.


"We're going to work on things that are more kid-oriented as we go along.


Later this month, the facility, which is owned by the Hesperia Recreation and Park District, will host a ground of exchange students from China.


Groups interested in conducting field trips at the facility can receive more information by calling the park district at 244-5488.