Society Staff

PatriciaPatricia Lord, MA, Museum Studies, MBA, Non-Profit Management 
patricia@shastahistorical.orgExecutive Director

As Executive Director, Ms. Lord provides leadership to achieve the Shasta Historical Society’s commitment to preserve and promote the history of far northern California.  Ms. Lord has worked with many different collections at institutions across the United States. She has a passion for intellectual property and a commitment to growing emerging professionals.  She has worked with a variety of institutions and brings a diversity of strategies to further develop the Society.  A native of Chicago, Ms. Lord moved to California in 2011 and developed a love for cooking with fresh ingredients. She is thrilled to live in Redding, take advantage of the food, nature, and culture in the area, and work with the amazing staff of the Shasta Historical Society.

Ms. Lord brings with her over ten years of professional experience in the museum field. She earned a BA in Classical Civilization with minors in Anthropology and Museum Studies from Beloit College, as well as an MA in Museum Studies, and an MBA from John F. Kennedy University, with an emphasis on non-profit management.

Kara McClureKara McClure Downing, BA, History,, Curator of Education

Mrs. McClure Downing received her initial degree in Fashion Design from FIDM in Los Angeles in 2006, but found little use for it after graduation.  In 2011, she returned to college, attending Hawai’i Pacific University and acquiring her bachelor’s degree in history.  While attending HPU, she joined the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society.  Her senior thesis dealt with the Jacksonian government relations with Native Americans, with a focus on the Trail of Tears.  Her interests include ancient Irish and Mediterranean history, renaissance England, and Native American history.  Her husband, Kyle, works in the mental health field.  They returned to Shasta County after a spending one year in Hawai’i and extended their family by one: a rescue dog they named Majora.

The Curator works to engage and teach about local history through programs, publications, and exhibits. She is responsible for the direction and management of of the Society’s education department and its visitor services functions. Kara is the liaison to the Community Education and Development Committees.

Michael Kuker, BA, Public Administration,, Research Associate

Michael Kuker grew up among the grey pines and manzanita on Placer Road west of Redding. As a student in California State University, Chico; he became fascinated by the similarities and differences between Redding and Chico, particularly those of the built environment. His need to understand the “how” and “why” led him to the study of public policy and urban planning.  His primary focus in history Is the untold stories of marginalized people and other underdogs and believes history is an essential ingredient in the revitalization of Downtown Redding.

A fan of fussy coffee, casual bicycling, and old-time music, Michael lives, works, and plays in the heart of Downtown Redding at the intersection of urbanism, placemaking, and history.

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.

AliciaAlicia Husten,, Executive Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator

Alicia is a north-state native, who moved to the “Big City of Redding” after graduating from Burney High School in 2001. Alicia took an early interest in history as she and her family participated in 1850’s Black Powder Rifle competitive shooting known as “Rendezvous,” as well as period dress, tomahawk and knife throwing, and primitive camping.
She has volunteered at numerous Heritage Days events at the McArthur-Burney Falls State Park and at the Fort Crook Museum in Fall River Mills.

Alicia has a passion for writing and has even had some of her poetry published, along with a couple freelance articles online. She plans to return to school to pursue a degree in history and/or writing as soon as her son is enrolled kindergarten. Her husband, Greg, is also a long time Redding native. He currently coaches track at Shasta High School and works as a firefighter for the US Forest Service during fire season.

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.