Shafer Historical Museum

Special Event


FIVE women are currently serving as mayors in Okanogan County: Winthrop, Twisp, Omak, Pateros and Tonasket. We invite you to gather together for a very special, virtual conversation about women, civic leadership, and voter participation.

A conversation not about politics or campaigns. But about women leading in our communities by serving as mayors.

Thursday, October 22 - 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. via ZOOM.

Link will be available here 10/22 at 6:00pm.

This event will be recorded and available on the Shafer Museum website.



Mayor Carlene Anders, Pateros

Mayor Cindy Gagne, Omak

Mayor Soo Ing-Moody, Twisp

Mayor Marylou Kriner, Tonasket

Mayor Sally Ranzau, Winthrop


Kate Wallace Johnson, Shafer Historical Museum

Who inspired these women to “join the fray” and to step up and serve? What does it mean to be a political figure in 2020, and one who is also a woman? What can we all do to encourage more women to participate in government? How do these mayors rise and lead during the hardest times, such as those we are currently living? What advice do they give to future women who might consider a political role in Okanogan County? And what do these leaders want future women here to know about our times right now?

Pandemics. Wildfires. Floods. Economic Downturns. Voters’ Drives. Public Libraries. Garbage Pick-up. Schools. Of course we know Okanogan County women have long faced local challenges head on, and have been central to organizing solutions and to governing in our local communities! But when Shafer Museum researchers searched the archives of the Okanogan County Historical Society and its affiliated museums, little was found to show how Okanogan women were affected by the expansion of voting rights or Washington’s less restrictive laws on women’s political participation 100 years ago. So today, as we celebrate the Centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote in federal elections, the Shafer Museum invites everyone to time to stop, reflect, and record this unique moment in the history of women’s political leadership.

The Shafer Museum's 2020 Methow Valley Votes for Women project is funded by the Washington State Women's Commission and the Washington State Historical Society throught the Votes for Women Centennial Grant

GiveMethow is on!

Support creation of new family & children's programs for hands-on history at the Shafer Museum!

The museum is open!

The buildings will remain closed, but you can "Take a Peek Inside" through the window and special signage. The grounds & outdoor displays are open.

Please follow outdoor covid-19 precautions.

The path between Riverside & Castle Avenues is open.

Please phone 509-380-9911 if you'd like to request a tour, subject to docent availability & covid-19 precautions.

Shafer Historical Museum is staffed by volunteers, most of whom are in high-risk groups for COVID complications. Masks and appropriate social distancing will be required during visits and tour to protect everyone. Thank you for your consideration and your patience!

Visit Online

Browse photos, documents and more from the Shafer Museum's collections online.

Photos are available for purchase too!

Plus, follow us on Facebook to get regular tales from the archives.

Plan a Visit to the Museum

Join in the fun as a Volunteer

COVID Self-Screen for visitors & volunteers

If you volunteer, work or are stopping in at the museum office, please complete this form online here or on the paper sheet in the office. Temperature checks, masks and social distancing are required.

Thank you for your consideration and care for our staff, volunteers, neighbors and friends.