It’s that time again! Fort Walla Walla Days will take place on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 from 10 am to 5 pm. A number of historic reenactors will be occupying encampments around the Museum grounds. Visitors will meet fur traders; Spanish-American War, Civil War, and Buffalo soldiers; old west cowboys; gold-rush miners; Lewis and Clark-era explorers; and early Walla Walla pioneers. There will even be a 19th-century chuck wagon on display! The forge in the blacksmith shop will again be set alight by two working smiths.
Living History performers will be making their homes in the Pioneer Village. Outside the Union Schoolhouse a pioneer schoolteacher will be sharing early lessons and pioneer games with children and parents. The Daughters of the Pioneers will open up the Pioneer Cabin for guests to walk through and explore.
William McBean, the chief trader at the fur trade Fort Walla Walla, will bring some of his goods for bartering. Visitors can also see some items owned by McBean in the special exhibit, Fantastic Finds: Treasures from the archives.
Also on site will be Harris the harness maker, who will be giving leatherworking demos at the harness shop. David Douglas, the famed British wilderness botanist, will be at his tent with a number of local plant samples. Matilda Sager Delany, a survivor of the killings at Waiilatpu, will be giving a presentation about her life. On Sunday there will be dancing with E.B. Whitman, Walla Walla’s first mayor, and his wife, Maria.
Visit our pop-up photo booth with old-fashioned props and clothing-use your own smartphone to take a picture and make instant memories! Kids can participate in pioneer games and hands-on activities. There will be food available to purchase. It will be a great start to the museum’s summer activity schedule. We hope to see you here!
Admission is free to members and children under 6, $4 for children ages 6-12, $8 for seniors 62 and older and students, and $9 general admission. A schedule of events will be posted closer to the event date.
Fort Walla Walla Days is generously supported by Columbia REA, Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center, and the Port of Walla Walla.