Society Staff

Heather Farquhar, heather@shastahistorical.org 
Director

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, shs@shastahistorical.org 
Executive Assistant

Nancy Shaw is a Northern California native, born in Siskiyou County. 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 California schools and the US Forest Service. Eventually she progressed to a career in human resources, developing and managing people, budgets, and grants. She retired in 2016 from Mendocino County Office of Education as Director of Human Resources & Communication.  Nancy has been employed by the Society since September 2018.

As the Executive Assistant for the Historical Society, Nancy’s role is to facilitate daily office operations of the Historical Society, maintain the general ledger, coordinate member services, and assist the Board and Director with the many committees, programs and special projects of the Society. Nancy enjoys working on the newsletter and other Society publications.

Mona Brown, mona@shastahistorical.org
Collections Manager

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 Technology Specialist for the Forest Service Website. Mona retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 2011. Mona has been employed by the Society since December of 2018.

As Collections Manager Mona’s role is to analyze donations and accessions, to ensure all pieces are properly documented, recorded and stored. Mona enjoys working with donors to learn about the objects they are donating.

Picture2Jay Thompson, jay@shastahistorical.orgCurator and Visitor Services Manager

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. Thompson has been employed at the Shasta Historical Society since October of 2009.  

In the role of Curator and Visitor Services Manager, Jay is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Society library and retail operations, coordinating technical programs, creating and interpreting exhibits for visitors, and overseeing museum and library visitor relations to ensure the highest quality guest and patron experience at our library, museum, and store. Jay receives great professional satisfaction from facilitating historic searches to a successful conclusion. 

Picture4Jeremy M. Tuggle, jeremy@shastahistorical.org  
Education & Community Engagement Manager
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 since November of 2009.  

In his present role as Education & Community Engagement Manager, Jeremy conducts research for the historical society’s programs and events, contributes to the Society’s social media presence, and ensures the highest quality guest and patron experience at our programs and community events. Mr. Tuggle enjoys sharing his knowledge of local history and events, and is available to community organizations to present programs  about Shasta County history.