Shasta Historical society

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.

Alyssa Woodall

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Alyssa is originally from Acworth, Georgia a town just north of Atlanta. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia and a Master’s in Museum Studies from the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. Prior to her career in the museum sector, Alyssa worked as an assistant in both the legal and dental fields.

Alyssa’s passion for history started at an early age due in part to her hometown being rich in Civil War history. Though her education suggests an art historical background, Alyssa’s love for local and oral history grew after interning as a collection’s assistant for the Marietta History Center in Marietta, Georgia during her undergraduate degree. Alyssa’s is a traveler by nature and is looking forward to learning about Shasta County history and being a part of a team to make that history more accessible.

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.

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