Mount Shasta, located just miles from College of the Siskiyous (COS), in Weed, California, is one of the Golden State's most significant and beloved landmarks. The geology, botany, zoology, history, and culture of the mountain has been studied by researchers and educators from all over the world as they seek answers to the larger scientific and humanistic questions that have been pondered for generations.
The geology, botany, climate, and zoology of the mountain have been studied by scientists from all over the world as they seek answers to the larger scientific questions that are still pondered. Reknowned scientists such as Joseph Silas Diller and Josiah Dwight Whitney have studied the mountain extensively for clues into petrology, glaciation, mineralogy, gravity, radiometric dating of rocks, ancient avalanches, volcanic hazard potentials, earthquakes, and geothermal activity. A unique environment due to its extreme temperatures and high elevations, the mountain has been visited by botanists the world over for insights into the geographic distribution and evolution of the plant kingdom.
Mount Shasta has served as inspiration to a host of writers, poets, and naturalists. Joaquin Miller first achieved literary fame through his writings about Mount Shasta. John Muir, the most famous and influential naturalist of all time and founder of th Sierra Club, climbed Mount Shasta three times from 1874-1875. Completing detailed drawings of the mountain and publishing numerous articles based on his travels to Mount Shasta, Muir used the mountain as the perfect example of th need for careful preservation of our natural environment.
The study of Mount Shasta has also provided important insights into world history. The Native American traditions and languages of Mount Shasta have been studied as part of a worldwide pattern of language and culture. The history of international politics is illuminated by the stories of Mexican, British, and American claims to the Mount Shasta region, and the study of Mount Shasta's mystic legends of Lemuria and of the Ascended Masters take one back in time to the myths of the ages.
Mount Shasta is a treasure-trove of insights and history, providing a wealth of information that can be used by modern-day explorers, scientists, and instructors seeking new ways to make the study of literature, science, history, art, and social science more meaningful and relevant to students.
Recognizing the importance of Mount Shasta and its significance to academia, Dennis Freeman, the head librarian at College of the Siskiyous, began to gather material related to Mount Shasta as part of the library's special collections. The McConnell Foundation of Redding, California, provided the funding necessary to develop and publish an annotated bibliography of source material from the Mount Shasta Collection. The document that was developed through that project by William C. Miesse in 1993, chronicles hundreds of books, articles, manuscripts, and audio-visual materials pertaining to the great mountain. The majority of the works cited in the 289-page bibliography are contained in the College of the Siskiyous' Mount Shasta Collection - an impressive special research collection that is housed in the COS Library. The collection contains extraordinary materials that can be accessed by visiting researchers, educators, and students.
This project seeks to continue the work that was done in 1993 by Bill Miesse. We will work with a host of local and regional experts in the areas of geology, weather, ecology, flora, fauna, Native Americans, folklore, history, art, literature, outdoor recreation, and geography to develop a searchable CD-ROM and website that can be used by educators and researchers throughout the world. We will update the 1993 bibliography and combine it with additional information. We will develop and include curriculum designed for use by K-12 and postsecondary education professionals to enhance instruction in the areas of the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
The overall objective of this project is to develop a resource that can be used to provide information about Mount Shasta to enhance the study of the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and the environment. This will be completed through strong collaboration with local and regional experts - a process that will generate increased knowledge among our faculty and help us develop partnerships that are certain to enhance instruction at College of the Siskiyous. To further the attainment of the goal, the following objectives have been crafted:
Geology ~ Environment ~ Native Americans ~ Folklore ~ History ~ Art ~ Literature
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