Shafer Historical Museum



FIVE women are currently serving as mayors in Okanogan County: Winthrop, Twisp, Omak, Pateros and Tonasket. We invite you to gather together for a friendly, 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.

View the recording on the Shafer Museum's YouTube Channel


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

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

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

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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!

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