Society Staff

Heather Farquhar, 

Heather was born and raised in Paradise, California, and has been living in the Bay Area for many years. Her education includes an Associates degree in Social Science from Diablo Valley College; Bachelors degree in History from CSU Hayward (East Bay); Masters in Museum Studies, Collections Preservation Specialization, from John F. Kennedy University.

Heather worked in the retail and legal fields before beginning her career in museums. Prior to coming to the Shasta Historical Society, she was the Collections and Historic Properties Manager for the Hayward Area Historical Society, and Deputy Director at the Los Altos History Museum.  In addition, she currently sits on the board for Exhibit Envoy, an organization that offers  a variety of art, history, culture, and natural history traveling exhibits.

Heather is excited to be able to move back to an area her family explored when she was young, and where she can share her passion for local history, collections and historic properties. 


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. 


Mona Brown,
Historical Resources Curator

Ramona “Mona” Brown came to the Redding area in 1981 and started working for the USDA Forest Service at the Shasta – Trinity National Forest headquarters, where she worked as an Information Assistant.  In 1998, she accepted the position to be the Visitor Information Manager at the Shasta Unit of the Whiskeytown Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area (NRA) where she was responsible for the operation, coordination, and organization of public information and interpretive services.  In this capacity, she was the NRA web manager and publication specialist.  During her career with the Forest Service, she received specialized training for Web and Large Document Formatting, National Personal Property Inventory for the Regional Design Team, and was trained as a Computer Tech. Specialist for the Forest Service Website.

The role  Historical Resources Curatoris to analyze our accessions and ensure all pieces are properly recorded and stored, however Mona will also provide support for store and office tasks.

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.

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 has an interest in most things old with 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. Jay received great professional satisfaction from facilitating historic searches to a successful conclusion. 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. Jay receives great satisfaction from facilitating visitors’ historic research to a successful conclusion.

Picture4Jeremy M. Tuggle,  
Visitor and Historical Services Associate
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’s 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.