Fort Crook Museum

Fort Crook Historical Society

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Fort Crook Historical Society

Board of Directors



Larry Burns


Larry grew up in Monte Sereno, CA on the former property of Los Gatos & Saratoga Wine & Fruit Co. which operated from 1885 until it was closed by prohibition in 1919. His interest in history began by constantly finding things in the dirt, sometimes even identifiable like an 1898 Indian head penny in the rose garden. He made a career as an engineer first in mine and tunnel construction then in heavy civil construction. He worked in multiple western states but ended up back in the Bay Area where he started. His wife, Kaye, found the Fall River Valley for them by taking fly fishing classes 1998 and they ended up buying a home here in 2000 and retiring full time in 2004. Larry’s connection with the museum began with his interest in blacksmithing and the museum’s winter blacksmithing workshops. After that his interest in history and desire to help out took over.


Peggie Bidwell

Vice President

Debbie Lakey


Debbie was born and raised on her family's cattle ranch in Gleburn which is located on the north side of the Fall River Valley. She is a 4th and 5th generation descendent on both sides of her family, with her ancestors settling in the valley in the 1870s. Debbie loves local history and looks forward to learning about the museum artefacts and their history in order to be a more knowledgeable docent when volunteering. She also enjoys researching her family tree on and finding family photos and information in the museum archives. She is helping to stock up the gift shop and encourages everyone to stop by and see what local products are available!


Laurel Cordova


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.  

Arleen Earnest

Board Member

Harry Kraft

Board Member

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.

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.



Dean Albaugh

Board Member

Dean was born in Redding, CA but lived in McArthur until he was 7. At that time, he and his family moved around CA for his dad to work with CalTrans. He always spent summers in McArthur with his grandparents, Willis and Mary Albaugh, helping out with their ranch. He has always loved this area and the people. As he grew older, he began to love history. Dean and his wife, Vicky have raised 3 sons and lived many places over the past 35 years, including Phoenix, So. Cal. and Sacramento. At this time, Dean is retired from being a cabinet contractor and is living in his grandparents' home in McArthur. He has extra time and is able to spend some of it volunteering. The museum seemed to be the perfect fit.  


Sharon Hamblin




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