About

the Shafer Historical Museum

Mission

The Shafer Historical Museum preserves and shares the history, culture and sense of place in the Methow Valley to inspire human connection and learning.

Vision

As one of the Methow Valley's centers for cultural engagement, SHM cultivates the appreciation of history across generations as a destination for locals and visitors to the region, state and the nation.

Okaonogan County Historical Society

Shafer Historical Museum is an associate museum of the Okanogan County Historical Society (OCHS). Join OCHS and receive the quarterly journal "Okanogan County Heritage."

SHM Board of Directors

The Shafer Historical Museum is overseen by a Board of Directors on behalf of OCHS.

Sharon Sumpter, Chair

Kyle Acord, Vice-Chair

Roxie Miller, Treasurer

Tricia Labanauskas, Secretary

Ralph Carlberg

Bruce Hevly

Carl Miller

Kate Wallace-Johnson

SHM Museum Staff

A small staff serves the museum year-round.

Suzanne Perin, Ph.D., Museum Director

Summer Weekend Docent & Tour Guide

Strategic Initiatives 2020-2025

Three strategic initiatives were identified by the Board and Museum Director in the 2019 planning process that will collectively move the Museum toward its vision as an integral cultural and community center in the Methow Valley. The Board will focus its collective energies and resources on these prioritized initiatives during the coming years:

1. Engage Methow Valley residents in the history of this place as relevant and connected to how we live today.

2. Strengthen fiscal stewardship for the future of the Museum.

3. Apply best practices for the long term preservation of all collections, including development, care, storage, documentation, display and accessibility.