Shafer Historical Museum

It's the hot season! There is no air conditioning in the buildings, so please plan accordingly. A drinking fountain is on-site.

A Celebration of Methow Valley History

Then: 1907 July 4

Now: 2018 July 4

"Now & Then"

What did Winthrop look like pre-"Westernization?" What was the town of Methow like in it's early days?

Gather with your neighbors and friends (those you know and those you haven't met yet) for an afternoon of outdoor entertainment, learning and gain an appreciation of our modern innovations!

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2022 1:00-5:00pm

Free for all, and all are welcome.

Watch a Lasso demonstration, try out an old-time laundry washboard, talk with docents, investigate your property's history, or sing cowboy songs along with Hank Cramer, Lauralee Northcott and Tommy Murray.

While you're there, please sign up as a member (starting at only $30) or make a donation in any amount to show your support for sharing & preserving Methow Valley history.

Local Methow Valley history authors will be available to sign your book or answer your questions! Purchase on site (credit card, cash or check) or bring your copy from home.

Diana Hottell, Jim Pigott, Kit McLean, Peter Donohue, Marcy Stamper


Buffalo Soldiers: Ready and Forward is an exhibition by local photographer Ryan T. Bell documenting the Buffalo Soldiers of Seattle, a group honoring the role of African Americans in the frontier West. On loan from the Methow Arts Alliance.

Members only talk with the artist TBD in July. Join now and secure your invitation.


The Buffalo Soldiers of Seattle are featured in Bell's photography. The group honors and educates about the mounted 9th Calvary and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantries - the Army units comprised of formerly enslaved people, freemen and Black Civil War soldiers who were the first to serve during peacetime and who helped to settle the West.

With Gratitude to Friends and Donors

The Shafer Museum relies on donations and grants from many supporters:

Members and individual donors to the Shafer Museum

GiveMethow donors

Anonymous donor through the Philadelphia Foundation

Donors through the Seattle Foundation

Twispworks Foundation for COVID-19 relief funds

MethowValley Fund & the Community Foundation of North Central Washington

Humanities Washington and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) approved by the U.S.Congress and signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden.

Will you join the list of donors and members? Sign up now!