“I’m excited to be part of this,” said Mount Shasta’s John Spaulding when he discovered that he had been the 500,000th visitor to Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum.

After 36 years of sharing Mount Shasta’s stories, the Sisson Museum welcomed its 500,000th visitor last week.

“I’m excited to be part of this,” said Mount Shasta’s John Spaulding when he discovered that he had been the 500,000th visitor to Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum. “I came here with my family that day. Our daughter, Lilyn, loves coming here. She brought us to the museum. She waits all winter long for the museum to open.”

Lilyn has been visiting the museum for six years. “I like the cabin, and the dress-up clothes, like going back in time,” she said.

“Our youngest daughter, Willow, loves the tunnel and the fire truck,” added Megan Spaulding. “And I love how much more interactive the museum has gotten over the years. It’s a great place to visit.”

Several of the museum’s board members and volunteers were there to celebrate the Spaulding family, and this momentous occasion for Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum. To achieve this number of visitors in 36 years, the museum has averaged about 14,000 visitors/year.

Jim McChesney, board president, wanted to acknowledge those who have helped make this achievement possible. “The museum is a culmination of all of the people who have been involved, helping to create exhibits and welcome visitors. We are grateful to the founders of the museum and those who put so much effort in making it possible – those first few far-sighted individuals like Frank Dal Gallo, Don Maria, Beth Freeman, Donna Brooks, Louie Melo, Jamie Carlberg, Lee Apperson, Dick Hughes, Katherine Mattos, Bill Leonard, Harold Sponsler, and Velma Nile. Since 1983, we have been telling the stories of the Mount Shasta area with the help of community members who share their memories and artifacts,” he added.

“All of the volunteers are very proud of how the museum improves every year, getting better and better,” said board member, Linda Siegel. I think the greatest quality of our museum is how there is something for all age levels. It’s a place where people congregate and learn more about this area. We are very grateful to all of our volunteers who help keep our museum vibrant and interesting.”

Linda McChesney helped explain why so many people visit the museum. “Our museum gives people a destination to bring their family and friends from out of town, no matter the weather.”

Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum is open daily 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.