Shannon Van Zant

Shannon Van Zant


I was born in the San Francisco Bay Area, but moved to Calaveras County as a child.  I attended local schools and graduated from Bret Harte High School.  Shortly after graduation, I joined the US Army and spent 4 years as a vehicle mechanic.  I was stationed in Germany for three of those years.  While living and working in Germany, I had the opportunity to travel and see much of Western Europe.  Upon returning to the United States, I was able to use my GI Bill to go to college and earn the following degrees:

AA Degree, Liberal Studies
Columbia Community College, Sonora, CA

BA Degree, History
CSU, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA

MA Degree, History
CSU, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA 

MA Degree, Political Science
CSU, Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

In January 2015, I was presented with the Richard Taylor Pioneer Award by the Society for the Preservation of West Calaveras History for my preservation efforts of local history.


  • Historical Contributor to the following publications:

    Marvin,Judith, Julia G. Costello, and Salvatore Manna. Northern Calaveras County.CharlestonSC:Arcadia Pub.,2007. Print.

    Marvin,Judith, Julia Costello, and Salvatore Manna. Angels Camp and Copperopolis.CharlestonSC:Arcadia Pub.,2009. Print.

    Kramer,Carol A. Calaveras Big TreesCharleston,SCArcadiaPub., 2010. Print.

    Baxter,R. Scott., and Kimberly Wooten. Breweries of the Gold CountryCharlestonSCArcadia Pub., 2012.Print.

    Boessenecker,John. When Law Was in the Holster: The Frontier Life of Bob PaulNorman: U of Oklahoma,2012. Print.

    Lunsford,Sarah. Wineries of the Gold CountryCharleston,SCArcadiaPub., 2013. Print.

    Manna,Salvatore, and Terry Beaudoin. Olives in California's Gold CountryCharlestonSCArcadia, 2014. Print.

  • Rhodes,Patricia, Shannon Van Zant, Herschel Clowers, Wilson Currie, Lucien D. Hertert,and William H. McMaster. Columbia CollegeWoodcarving Collection: Bret Harte Stories & OthersSonora,CAColumbiaCollege IMC, 2009. Print.
  • Manna, Salvatore John and Shannon Dixon Van Zant. Brands of Calaveras County 1854-1880. Calaveras Publishing, 2017
  • Manna, Salvatore John and Shannon Dixon Van Zant. Brands of Calavers County 1881-1913. Calaveras Publishing, 2018
  • Elliott, Maureen and Shannon Van Zant "The Legend of Ernest: Murder, Incest and Gold" Las Calaveras December 20222.