The museum has remained engaged with the public through live videos and photographs such as this one posted to social media by the museum last week. It shows Ella Wintler (1885-1975) who graduated from the University of Washington and taught English, German and social studies at Vancouver High School for 34 years. Wintler started her political life as a member of the Vancouver City Planning Commission. In 1938, she began a twenty-year career in the state legislature. As Representative, Wintler was known for putting the needs of her constituents before party. She was a staunch activist for vocational and recreational programming at Vancouver’s schools for the blind and deaf schools. As well as improvement in the treatment of patients at state mental institutions, reforms in the state penal system, and rehabilitation for juvenile and young offenders. A highly respected legislator, Representative Wintler served as Speaker Pro Tempore during the 1963 session; and in nearly every session requested and received positions on the Appropriations and Education committees.

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