||Lost Homeland: The Methow Tribe and the Columbia Reservation, by local author E. Richard Hart and published by the Shafer Historical Museum in Winthrop, is now on sale. The deeply researched book gives voice to the compelling story of how the Methow Indians of North Central Washington lost their homeland in 1879 at the urging of Sinkayuse-Columbia Chief Moses, who had no right to speak for the Methow. Hart, a noted historian, acclaimed expert witness in litigation involving Native American tribes, and past Chair of the Shafer Historical Museum, sets his account against a background of tumultuous cultural and political change in the region.
"Lost Homeland will immediately become the standard reference for anyone who wants or needs to understand what happened to the original people of the Methow Valley." said author Jack Nisbet.
||Seven Years on the Pacific Slope by Mrs. Hugh Fraser In a carefully abridged and annotated version, Peter Donahue and Sheela Mclean have restored a landmark Northwest memoir which was first published in 1914, and is republished now by the Shafer Museum. World traveler and well-known writer Mrs. Hugh Fraser used colorful words and livingly anecdotes to tell what she saw and experienced during her seven-year sojourn in the remote frontier Methow Valley—from courting and canning to hay making and horse trading. The new edition of Seven Years on the Pacific Slope includes vintage photographs from the museum’s archives as well as footnotes identifying the many people, places and events recalled in its pages.
||Bound for the Methow by Kit McLean and Karen West - A stunning visual record of the Methow Valley's rich history and heritage. This 228-page, art quality hardcover book contains more than 300 historic photographs from the museum's archive, many of them shared by the families of the early settlers. Price $59.95 ($67.35 covers the book, tax and shipping.)
||Mazama: The Past 125 Years by Doug Devin - Drawing on stories gathered first hand, unpublished diaries, newspapers clippings and other historical resources, local rancher and author Doug Devin chronicles life and events in the upper Methow Valley from the late 1800s to 2008. Along the way he introduces his readers to the cast of characters and dreamers who made Mazama what it is today. Price $24.95. Washington State
residents add $2.04 sales tax.
Whole Damn Valley by Diana Hottell - "This
book is a quiet read for times when we need to remember that
the human race still possesses at least a few redeeming qualities.
It is for those who would care to plumb the depths
of the place they've chosen to call home. There
is still no doubt in my mind that this is a special place, even
a sacred one. To recall and listen to those who have come before
us is to add more texture to the fabric of our own lives."
- Diana Hottell Price $24.95
residents add $2.04 sales tax.
Hopes and Deep Snow by Marcy Stamper - The history
of mining in and around the Methow Valley is the story of tough
men and a few women working in rugged, often life-threatening
conditions to extract gold and other precious metals from the
North Cascade mountains. From the time the United States declared
the valley open to non-Indian settlement in 1886, the quest
for mineral rights fueled the local economy.
$12.95 Washington State residents add
$1.06 sales tax.
to the Harness Section by Wilfred "Wink" Byram
- Down to the Harness Section comes to us in the unfiltered,
engaging voice of Wink Byram, whose family was among the
early white settlers of the Methow Valley. Wink's book
explains some of the history of the Methow and surrounding
towns, and the work that kept these communities alive.
In the process he describes steam donkeys, flour sack underclothes,
the planetary transmissions, cream separators, sling chains,
popping Johnny saws and dough gods. Price $24.95 Washington
State residents add $2.04 sales tax.
View of the Methow from Moccasin Lake Ranch -
by James C. Pigott - Jim Pigott, a long-time resident of
the Methow Valley, is the owner and operator of Moccasin
Lake Ranch. His book not only provides an occupational
history of the valley, but provides a colorful glimpse
of what it has taken to run a ranch in the 20th and now
21st century. The book is richly endowed with both black
and white historical photographs and beautiful color images
of the valley today. A must read for anyone interested
in the Methow Valley. Price $29.95 Washington
State residents add $2.46 sales tax.
Copenhagen to Okanogan by U.E.Fries - The story
of Ulrick Fries, who as a boy migrated from Denmark
to the United States
and settled in the Okanogan country of Washington Territory
Price $22. Washington State residents add $1.80 sales tax.
The Smiling Country by Sally Portman
- A history of the Methow Valley. The book has been revised.
It is now
General Store at the Shafer Museum.
Belle of Barron Mining Shares - Become a stockholder
in the Belle of Barron Mine located on site at the Shafer Museum,
for only $25. Washington State residents add $2.05 sales tax.
The price entitles you to a certificate and one year's membership
in the Shafer Museum.
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