Methow Conservancy's Sarah Brooks and Shafer Museum Director Suzanne Perin on what the museum brings to the Valley - in just two short minutes! Watch, and GIVEMETHOW!

GIVE METHOW is a great way to donate to the museum and the places you love in the Methow Valley.

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington covers all credit processing fees, so 100% of your donation comes straight to the museum!

Your donations this year support the Shafer Museum in providing new outreach programs and presentations appealing to all generations throughout the Valley.

Did you see the Shafer Museum's "Notable Women" at the Twisp ArtWalk or the Ok County Fair? See the window display or come to the Poorman Creek history presentation at the Community Center? The Bush School campus signs about pioneers along the trails? The Shafer Museum volunteers create or assist in these efforts, donating their time to share the stories of those who have lived in the Methow Valley. Your donation this month will bring more displays, tours and programs like these to reach people all over the Valley, not just those who come to the museum in Winthrop.

At a time when Valley newcomers, long-timers, and everyone in between are contemplating the future of this place we all love, learning from our past and how it relates to our collective present is more important than ever. Historical knowledge helps address contemporary issues, nurtures personal and collective identities, and creates strong communities - especially in our little Valley.

Annual Members support sharing, preserving and learning our collective history in the Methow Valley. Your gift is tax deductible after the first $25. Memberships renew annually.

Join online or mail a check to Shafer Museum, PO Box 46, Winthrop, WA 98862.

Belle of the Barron Mine $1000

Specialty tour on topic of your choice, including the Model-T (or alternate exciting activity, depending on how the car is working). Benefits of the lower tiers.

Behind-the-Scenes of the Museum $500

  • Behind-the-scenes museum tour with the Museum Director or Museum Board Chair

  • Benefits of the lower tiers

Methow Valley + Okanogan $250

  • Shafer Museum Homestead membership PLUS membership in the Okanogan County Historical Society, including the quarterly journal publication “The Heritage."

  • Two admissions to guided tours at the Shafer Museum

  • Benefits of the lower tiers

Modern-day Methow Valley Homesteader Family OR Business Membership $100

  • 2 adult admissions included for multiple visits

  • Family name listed at the Museum with your year of putting down roots in the Methow Valley or your business name

  • Your choice of a book: View of the Methow, High Hopes and Deep Snow, or two “Our Methow Home” booklets of your choice.

  • Benefits of the lower tier

Victory-Garden Seedling $30

  • One adult admission included for multiple visits

  • Participate in one museum event annually for free (eg. exhibit opening party, guided tour, child’s activity).

  • Occasional “Shafer Gazette” newsletter (email or print)

Donate Things

Objects, photos, documents and many remarkable things are preserved yet accessible in a museum. We consider items that fit within our collections policy.

Contact our Archivist regarding donations of physical items at

The Shafer Historical Museum is a nonprofit organization that relies upon membership, admissions, and support from people like you.

Thank you for your gift, your visit, and your friendship!

The Shafer Museum is one of the Okanogan County Historical Society museums. Donations are fully tax deductible.

Tax ID/EIN: 91-9900012