Mrs. Whitman came to Walla Walla in 1862 to join her husband who had been recently elected as the city’s first mayor. She was born in Portland, Maine, in 1828, the daughter of a lawyer, and was educated in the Boston area where she met her E.B. Whitman. The couple married and had two sons. In 1850 Mr. Whitman traveled west to seek his fortune in the California gold fields. Mrs. Whitman remained in Boston to raise her children until E. B. had chosen a new location for the family. After 12 years, the couple reunited in Walla Walla where they were active in civic affairs and resided for the rest of their lives.
Pioneer women were tough, amazing people. Largely self-sufficient, what they couldn’t grow or make might be purchased at the nearest store. Fort Walla Walla Museum’s Schwabacher Brothers Store display in Exhibit Hall 1 [NOTE: Exhibit hall I has been replaced by the new Entry Hall & Exhibit Galleries as part of the Museum's Services & Facilities Enhancement Project. When construction Phase 1B is completed, a new 1870s-era Schwabacher Brothers Store will replace the former circa 1900 exhibit] gives visitors an idea of what such an emporium was like in the latter 1800s. Also 'home-made' was entertainment. Mrs. Whitman will share music of her time with Museum visitors.
Be sure to take in this and many other historical exhibits in the Museum’s pioneer settlement and five large exhibit halls.
Maria Greenwood Whitman is portrayed by former City of Walla Walla Mayor Barbara Clark.
Performances begin at 2:00 p.m. in the pioneer settlement at Fort Walla Walla Museum. Visitors are encouraged to question the Living History re-enactors about their lives and times. The Museum is open daily, 10 am - 5 pm, March through October; 10 am - 4 pm, November1 through December 23; and weekdays, 10 am - 4 pm, January through March.