The volunteer staff at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum is almost ready to reveal their latest stories about the Mount Shasta area. On Friday, March 29, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., the newest exhibit, “50 Years Later: The Interstate and the Lake” will have its opening night.

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The volunteer staff at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum is almost ready to reveal their latest stories about the Mount Shasta area. On Friday, March 29, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., the newest exhibit, “50 Years Later: The Interstate and the Lake” will have its opening night.

This group of volunteers, Chris Schneider, Julie Cassidy, Ted Marconi, Jim McChesney, Leslie Marconi, Tina Guenthner, Geoff Harkness, Steve Day, and Jean Nels, has spent about a year researching, designing, gathering artifacts, and now installing the exhibit.

“All of the work has been worth it,” said Jean Nels. “The 50-year anniversary of the construction of Box Canyon Dam and Interstate 5 includes important stories about our area, and it is essential that we save and share them. This unique display tells those stories in informative and fun ways.”

Ted Marconi added, “Local history has always intrigued me. I have lived here most of my life, and I continue to learn new things about our area. When I returned after going to college and the service, these two construction projects, Box Canyon Dam and Interstate 5, had changed the area dramatically, and we wanted to show that.”

Steve Day told why he was willing to devote so much time to the museum and this project, “I love the creativity of the ‘show and tell’ part of setting up the artifacts, so visitors can ‘see’ history, not just read about it. The cooperation that happens when we use everyone’s ideas is what makes it special. We all suggest our ideas, work together, and get great results.”

Sometimes, a display needs some special items and Tina Guenthner explained how that can happen, “To complete one of the display cases, we went searching in one of the docent’s old garages, and we found the treasures that were absolutely perfect.”

“The most creative part of making an exhibit is setting up the displays, and that job is so rewarding when we have a great group of volunteers like this one,” added Julie Cassidy. “Community members help out when they can too. When I talked with Billie Brown from Longhair Collision, he loaned us some small items that help tell the story of highways in this area, and he is loaning us an old car that will be on display at the front of Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum on Opening Night.”

The Opening Night Celebration is a major fundraising event for the museum. Tickets are $25/person and are Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce, at the museum, and online (www.mtshastamuseum.com).

On March 30, the museum will resume its normal operating hours for April and May - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check the website at www.mtshastamuseum.com, go to the museum’s Facebook page, or call the museum (530-926-5508) for more details. The Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. It is located at 1 North Old Stage Road