Museum After Hours is a free monthly presentation series to be held on the last Thursday of every month. We provide a space for community congregation, discussion, and debate. The event touches on topics ranging from regional culture and history to the roles and responsibilities of museums within our community. The talks will take place in the Entrance Building at 5:00pm from March through October and 4:00pm from November through February.
Rook’s Park in Walla Walla is a beautiful and peaceful spot for residents and visitors to spend quiet time or have family reunions. But, have you ever wondered why there is a Navy anchor in the memorial of an Army Corps of Engineers park? Do you know the story of how this park got its name?
Join Gary Lentz, retired Washington State Park Ranger, who will explain all in his presentation, “WHISPERS FROM THE GHOST - The Story of Captain Albert H. Rooks, the U.S.S. Houston, and Her Crew.” The USS Houston, under command of Capt. Rooks, fought a valiant battle against overwhelming odds before being sunk in the Sunda Strait early in 1942. Survivors were sent to Japanese prison camps and forced to work in the jungles of Burma building a railroad. Two of the survivors lived in Walla Walla and vicinity after the war. You are invited to find out more about Captain Albert Rooks, the USS Houston, and why the park is named as it is, in this Museum After Hours presentation.
As always, Museum After Hours presentations are free to the public.
Lyman Persico, Assistant Professor of Geomorphology at Whitman College, will be giving a talk about the geologic history of one of our national treasures--Yellowstone National Park.
FWWM’s Heritage Research Services Division has been conducting a variety of compliance archaeology projects in and out of Walla Walla for the past year. This talk will highlight the work the division has been doing and present some results.
James Payne, Executive Director of Fort Walla Walla Museum, recounts amazing stories of collections and acquisitions.
Laura Schulz, Collections Manager at Fort Walla Walla Museum, shares her many years of experience working with objects and artifacts in the Museum collection.
Are you interested in sponsoring this program? Contact the Museum to find out how!