Shasta Historical society

Current Exhibits

Hidden Treasures of Shasta Lake: What Lies Beneath the Waters?

September 2, 2022 – January 8, 2023


                                                                         Member’s Only Opening – 4:00-6:00pm Thursday, September 1, 2022                                                                             Grand Opening – 5:00-7:00pm Friday, September 2, 2022

This exhibit explores the often-forgotten history that hides beneath Shasta Lake. The building of Shasta Dam and subsequent flooding of the landscape behind it buried several historic treasures under the lake’s cool, dark depths. Through this exhibit learn why Shasta Dam was built and how Shasta Lake changed the landscape. Explore the mines and smelters built to extract and process ore and the communities that grew up around them in the late 1800s. Investigate the transportation network of roads, railroads, bridges, tunnels and ferries that connected this isolated area to the outside world. Droughts, like the one we are currently experiencing, often provided us with glimpses of these treasures from the past. The more the water recedes, the more is revealed. Hidden Treasures of Shasta Lake aims to increase awareness and appreciation of this area of northern California, the dam and lake, and their impact on some of Shasta County’s people, ecology, economy and history. “Hidden Treasures of Shasta Lake” features artifacts and images stretching over 100 years of Shasta County history. The physical objects and images are all that remain of an interesting and diverse history that is often forgotten now that it resides beneath the waters.