Methow Valley Interpretive Center

Methow Valley Interpretive Center SignThe Methow Valley Interpretive Center’s mission is to create, fund and operate an interpretive center that recognizes the inhabitants of the Methow Valley prior to European colonization.

The center offers displays related to the original Native American inhabitants of the Methow Valley, as well as the geology and natural history of the Methow Valley.
Admission is free – donations are appreciated. Method Valley Interpretive Center Native Camp


Founders Glenn and Carolyn Schmekel looked for ways to give the descendents of the Methow Tribe a place where they could bring their children and say “here is our story, here was where we lived.”

T: (509) 997-0620
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210 5th Ave – on the TwispWorks campus
Friday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Annual Calendar of Events

FEBRUARY – How the valley formed and reformed
MARCH – Native stories and crafts
APRIL – The Methow Beaver Story
MAY – Native food gathering and preparation/arrowhead snapping
AUGUST – Heart of the Methow  POWWOW
SEPTEMBER – Salmon Celebration
OCTOBER – Birds of Prey
NOVEMBER– Cats of the Methow

Visit for details and updates on events.

Board of Directors

PO Box 771
Twisp, WA 98856

Carolyn Schmekel
T: (509) 997-4904

Carolyn Schmekel, Executive Director
Carolyn began her business, Harmony House Interiors, in 1986 in the Methow Valley, after moving from San Diego California, where she worked with two design firms.  She sold Harmony House Interiors in 2009. In addition to her professional business background she was part of the original board of Cascadia; the Methow Music Association, starting in 1987 and resigning in 2005. As president of Cascadia she was closely involved in a sweeping change in the arts that took place locally in the early 1990’s, helping put into place valley wide collaboration (arts calendar, monthly meetings with non-profit board chairs for dialogue) in order to create an atmosphere where the arts would flourish.

Glenn Schmekel, President
Resident of the Methow Valley for 38 years. Retired public school teacher. Originated the “Altrnative Learning Experience” in 1997, to help homeschool families continue to educate their children at home yet still be a part of the Methow Valley School District, creating increased funding for both the schools and support for the families.  Founder and Executive Director of the COVE, established in 1998. This is a charitable non-profit that has expanded into several projects, including the Methow Valley Food bank, the Aid and Assistance fund, the Guardian Angels and Jamie’s Place (two adult family homes).  Recipient of “Keeper of The Place” award given for distinguished service to the community. He has personally been involved in the building and remodel  of several homes in the Methow.

Pearl Cherrington, Vice President
A 20 year resident, Pearl has a passion for the arts and the natural world. This has been demonstrated in skilled artistic and photographic representations that pay particular attention to the landscape, the animals the plants and the climate. She has worked with the Confluence Gallery Show committee for eight years to determine exhibits, procure artwork of various mediums and arrange 2 and 3 dimensional artwork to be viewed by the public. She previously served as a curator at the Winthrop Gallery.

Paula Macrow, Treasurer
Paula has over 21 years experience in environmental research and protection with a focus on ecological restoration and water resource planning including 9 years in an executive director position on the Olympic Peninsula. Skills include strategic planning, project development, and project management as well as public outreach and educational material design. Paula lives in a solar powered house where she relaxes by hiking, working in the garden or at her art projects.

Jim Brennan, Secretary
Jim is a recent resident of the Methow Valley and brings considerable expertise in many areas. As a former building inspector for Denver, CO, he has an eye for detail and legal application.  He owned and ran a Successful business for 15 years in the Seattle area, as well as taught adult education classes. He has a strong interest in seeing Native culture as well as their arts and crafts flourish in our area.

Donna Keyser, Director of Exhibits
Donna comes to us recently from the “west side” as the current manager of the Confluence Gallery. She has worked designing and installing exhibits for the Burke Museum, Bainbridge History Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum and the Taoist Studies Institute. She brings to our board technical and practical expertise in design, conceptualizing, content development and as a project manager.

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