Society Staff

Denny Mills,, Interim Director

A Redding native, Denny Mills attended Redding Schools before going to UC Berkeley. After graduating, Denny sought her teaching credential and eventually enjoyed 30 plus years serving as a teacher and administrator. One her favorite grades to teach was 3rd grade as that is the year Shasta County history is taught, a topic she truly loves. One of the first things she did following her retirement from the Shasta County Office of Education as an Executive Director was to volunteer at the Historical Society. She eventually was asked to Chair the Historical Resources Committee and went on to join the Shasta Historical Society Board, serving as Chair of the Board for the past two years. She is now serving as the Interim Director until another Executive Director is hired.

Nancy Shaw,, Executive Assistant

Nancy Shaw has lived all over California, residing throughout her life in remote Northern California towns, in places such as Happy Camp, Oakdale, Quincy, Angels Camp, and Fort Bragg. Nancy’s education includes degrees in English, Social Science, Humanities, and Organizational Leadership, which she earned from Simpson University Redding campus. She was also awarded certificates Human Resource Management from Sonoma State University and the Graduate School. Nancy started her career as an administrative assistant with Fort Bragg School District, and later as administrative assistant to the forest supervisor in the Plumas National Forest. She returned to Fort Bragg schools to take on the role of human resources manager before being appointed to director of human resources at Calaveras County Office of Education. Her most previous employment was as the director of human resources and communications for Mendocino County Office of Education, from which she retired in 2016.

Nancy is interested in all history, but finds local history always the most entertaining. Nancy and her husband together enjoy exploring the lakes and rivers of Northern California, and gardening. Her spare time is spent reading and writing, and enjoying time with her husband Mike, their six grandchildren, and their Labrador retriever, Jack.

Picture2Jay Thompson, jay@shastahistorical.orgLibrary and Store Operations Coordinator

Jay Thompson is a descendant of California gold rush era pioneers of Shasta County. His paternal great, great grandfather, wife and children settled in Shasta in 1857. Jay presently resides there as do many of his family. Jay has an interest in most things old with a particular emphasis on the American West. Outside of the Shasta Historical Society you may find him (or not) practicing weekend archaeology and all that entails.

The Library and Store Operations Coordinator is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the building, including assessing and coordinating technical programs and facility management issues such as security and maintenance. Mr. Thompson oversees our museum and library visitor services relations and retail operations.

Research and Visitor Services:

Our research and visitor services staff and volunteers ensure the highest quality guest and patron experience at our library, museum, programs, and community events.

Picture4Jeremy M. Tuggle,

Jeremy M. Tuggle was born in Redding, Shasta County, California in 1982. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout from Boy Scouts of America in November of 2000. Jeremy attended Shasta College where he took General Education and Local History courses. Mr. Tuggle is the author of two published books, Rooted In Shasta County (2003) and A Journey Through Time: Ono and the Bald Hills (2008) and various articles on Shasta County history. Mr. Tuggle digitizatizes collections items, maintains our social networking sites, and conducts research for library patrons, the Shasta Historical Minute and our many programs and publications.