If you could transport yourself back in time to enjoy a summer social in the early 1900s, what would you expect to find?
The Shafer Historical Museum in Winthrop plans to answer that question for you when it hosts its “Now and Then” summer celebration on Sunday (July 26) from 1-5 p.m. Explore the differences and similarities between the Methow Valley in 1900 and now in the Shafer’s historic surroundings.
The free event will feature food, music, talks, photo exhibits, local authors, demonstrations, line dancing, butter churning and other activities. 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.
Historical photo exhibits will show the now and then of Winthrop’s Westernization effort and the Methow Valley’s significant women of the past, according to a Shafer press release. Museum authors will sign books that explore life in the early 1900s.
“There are buildings to explore, mining experts to answer your questions, and other activities that contrast pioneer and modern life,” according to the release.
Food and beverages will be available from Taco Bahia.
The museum is on Castle Avenue. Donations are encouraged. For more information and details about Sunday’s schedule, visit www.shafermuseum.org.