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 is a Northern California native. Her education includes degrees in English, Social Science, Humanities, and Organizational Leadership, which she earned from Simpson University, Redding. Nancy started her career as an administrative assistant, serving in schools and the US Forest Service, and eventually she progressed to a career in human resources, developing and managing people, budgets, and grants, retiring in 2016 from Mendocino County Office of Education as Director of Human Resources/ Communication. 

As the Executive Assistant for the Historical Society, Nancy’s role is to facilitate daily office operations of the Historical Society by answering phones, fulfilling online store orders, maintaining the general ledger, and assisting the Director with the many programs and projects of the Society. 

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, born in Redding, is a descendant of 11 pioneer families who settled Shasta County between 1849-1889. Jeremy attended Shasta College and is the author of two published books, Rooted in Shasta County (2003), and A Journey Through Time: Ono and the Bald Hills (2008), as well as various articles on local history.  In 2017 Mr. Tuggle was awarded a Community Service Award, a prestigious national award for community service in historic preservation, by the Major Pierson B. Reading Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Jeremy is a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of California, and an Eagle Scout.   

Tuggle has been employed at the Shasta Historical Society as their Visitor and Historical Services Associate since November of 2009.  In this role, Jeremy digitizes collections items, maintains our social media sites, conducts research for library patrons and the historical society‚Äôs programs and publications. Additionally, he is available to visit local schools, senior citizen homes, and other area organizations, to present engaging programs and lectures about Shasta County history.