Shafer Historical Museum


10:00am - 2:00 pm

Due to heat and potentially smoky air quality conditions, the museum buildings will be hosted by a docent only from 10:00am - 2:00 pm. The grounds are still open for viewing on your own, dusk to dawn. 

Our volunteer hosts thank you for your understanding! Enjoy the afternoon at a swimmin' hole! 

Ladies Traditional HandCrafts

 Inspired by the donation of handmade lace, embroidery, and dresses by the estate of Helen Krinke, the Shafer Museum will be featuring ladies' home decor, clothing and handcrafted accessories at the museum this summer. Helen's mother Nora Nickell grew up in the homesteader's cabin that is on the museum grounds!

Demonstrations and hands-on activities on select Saturdays in June, July and August will give you the chance to try your hand at some of these skills - no experience necessary. 

All demonstrations are on the Saturdays below, from 1:00-4:00 pm and are free.  

Embroidery - July 27

Demonstration of basic embroidery stitches. Instructors will provide participants with a small printed pattern for "red work" (stitching with red thread on white fabric) and learn the running stitch.

Weaving - August 3

Two weavers at two looms will demonstrate how woven fabrics can be created on 4-shaft table looms. You can even weave a few inches of the towel or scarf they are making! Try potholder looms for a take-home craft.

Knitting - August 17

Learn to knit with "coaches" from our local knitting groups.  Needles/yarns provided to borrow or bring your own.

Online Photos & materials

Much of the Museum's collections of photos and documents are available to view online.

View photos, documents and images from the Shafer Museum's archives online. 

Looking for something in particular?  Volunteers can aid your research or answer questions. Get in touch at or leave a voicemail at 509-380-9911 and we'll return your call as soon as possible.

With Gratitude to Friends and Donors

The Shafer Museum relies on donations and grants from many supporters to share & preserve Methow Valley history with community members and visitors:

Members and individual donors to the Shafer Museum

GiveMethow donors

The Philadelphia Foundation

Donors through the Seattle Foundation

Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation

Twispworks Foundation for COVID-19 relief funds

MethowValley Fund & the Community Foundation of North Central Washington

Sun Mountain Lodge

Humanities Washington

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