Shasta Historical society

Society Staff

Heather Farquhar

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.

Gabriel Leete Development and Marketing Manager

Gabriel Leete

Development & Marketing Manager /

Gabriel is originally from Santa Rosa, California, a town just north of San Francisco. He is a highly motivated and results-oriented individual with 8 years of experience in marketing, including 8 years in social media marketing and 10 years in traditional and digital marketing. He is also a passionate lover of history and is a member of the Shasta Historical Society.

Gabriel’s love for history began at a young age. He would often visit the Public Library to check out books on historical topics. He was particularly interested in the history of California and the American West. As he aged, Gabriel’s interest in history only grew. He began to volunteer at the Anderson Historical Society and traveled to many historical sites in Shasta County.

Gabriel’s love for history and his marketing skills have come together in his work with the Shasta Historical Society. He has helped the society to develop a strong social media presence and to create engaging marketing campaigns. He has also worked to develop new educational programs for the society’s museum.

Gabriel is a valuable asset to the Shasta Historical Society and to the community as a whole. He is a passionate advocate for history education and preservation.

Jon Jefferson

Jon grew up in Ono and attended schools in Igo, Cottonwood, and Redding. He enlisted, served, and retired from the US Air Force after 30 years in the information technology field. He has earned a master’s degree in Information Technology Management and two bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and History. He began at the Shasta Historical Society in 2019 as a volunteer to pursue his interest in history and reconnect with the area and people. In September 2021, Jon was hired as a part-time employee to develop historical content for exhibits, tours, and projects to bring the history of Shasta County to the public. He is also a member of the Community Education and Development committees.

Content Developer /