Fort Crook Museum

Fort Crook Historical Society

Drawing Courtesy Frank Germano

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Blacksmith Workshop
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Round Barn
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PO Box 397

43030 Fort Crook Museum Ave.

Fall River Mills, CA 96028
(530) 336-5110


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Fort Crook Historical Society

Board of Directors



Glorianne Weigand


The author of eight non-fiction western books, Glorianne has a sustaining interest in local history.  A descendant of an Intermountain area pioneer family, her books include stories of area pioneers, Native Americans, cattlemen, bootleggers. While researching subjects, Glorianne gleaned information from personal scrapbooks and diaries and interviewed numerous people. 
Glorianne’s extensive knowledge enables the museum to create new exhibits to sustain local residents’ interest in and support of the museum.  A resident of two area valleys and 50-year Cattlewomen’s Association member, Glorianne is committed to the preservation of local history and the museum.


Harry Kraft

Vice President

Harry grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area but, having spent summers working on his grandparents dairy farm in Wisconsin, always preferred living in a rural area. He and his wife Cathy discovered the Fall River Valley after camping and skiing in the area. They bought property here in 1998 and spent 10 years building a house and moved here to live full time in 2008.
Harry's career was in computer programming and he became involved with the museum when he was asked to help maintain the museum's web site. His interest in history, dutch oven cooking and the pioneer way of life has led to a greater involvement with museum activities.

Edna Eades


Gail Bassett


Gail is a California native who grew up in Orinda just outside of her birthplace in Oakland. She graduated from Acalanes High School in Lafayette, CA. After moving to the Redding area she continued her education at Shasta College, earning degrees in Finance and Small Business Administration. Marriage brought her to the Fall River Valley in 1984. She is married to Harold Bassett, a member of the Bassett and St. John pioneer families of this area. Gail is currently employed with the Fall River Mills Fire Protection District as Clerk of the Board. She was also an employee of the Fall River Jt. Unified School District, working in the Fall River High School office for ten years and as the high school librarian for ten years before retiring. She enjoys researching her family history and has been a volunteer at the Fall River Family History Center for many years. She also enjoys all types of paper crafting such as scrapbooking and stamping.

Jeannette Ciriello

Board Member

Jeannette’s love of history led her to become involved with the museum.  This new resident’s passions are education and gardening.  The museum gardens are beautiful because Jeannette and other volunteers share their skills.  She also volunteers in the first grade and at the local library.  Jeannette co-chairs the museum’s annual quilt show fundraiser.  Her numerous activities enable her to promote the museum's events and accomplishments.
Jeannette’s vision is to finish the round barn and secure funds to upgrade the museum's buildings and grounds.  In doing so, she hopes to make it a first class tourist attraction generating community pride and support while contributing to the local economy.  

John Fenn

Board Member

This Ohio native married into the Totten family who were early settlers in the Fall River Valley.  Through them, John developed his interest in local history.  A retired international business professional, John’s knowledge of organizational development and marketing enables the museum to build major physical exhibits and develop a strong infrastructure. 
A resident of numerous countries, including some third-world locations, John learned historical preservation is a world-wide interest.  An award winning gardener, he shares this and his cooking passion to educate youth and raise funds for local organizations, including the museum.


Milly Lakey

Board Member

Milly is a life-long resident on the family cattle ranch located in Glenburn near the original Fort Crook.  The close proximity stimulated Milly’s interest in history and her desire to preserve local historical treasures, residents’ heritage and the community. 
A ten-year board member, Milly is the buyer for items sold in the museum gift shop and volunteers one day per week to act as curator.  Milly retired early from a teaching career to work with her husband on the ranch.  She served on the election board for over fifty years.  Milly and her husband have enjoyed supporting area youth and their activities.


Billy Mason

Board Member

Billy was born in Gypsum, Colorado and moved to California in 1951. He served in the United States Navy from 1957 to 1961. After leaving the navy he owned and operated a trucking company in California for 30 years.

In 2002 he and his wife Dorothy moved to the Fall River Valley and Billy became involved with museum and local history when Dorothy became the curator of the museum.



William Albaugh

Board Member

A third generation native, Billy worked in San Francisco for thirty-five years before returning home to care for his elderly mother.  His father served on the museum board (1966-69).  Like his parents, Billy donates time to museum, working on buildings and grounds maintenance. 
Billy’s imprint on the organization’s expanding physical plant includes a working blacksmith shop where students learn a nearly lost craft.  His goals include relocation of the 1916 round barn, one of the few remaining in the United States; a new library; and display of all artifacts for public view.   A highlight for Billy was relocating the Pittville school house, attended by his parents, aunts and uncles, to the museum grounds.  




Revised: April 11, 2012

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