Pioneer women focus of living history presentation


Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road will have two living history presentations at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, pioneer woman Nancy Wiseman is portrayed. Nancy Emily Estes Wiseman was among the earliest pioneer women in the Walla Walla Valley and was known for her strength and resilience. Born in Arkansas in 1842, she married Jonathon "Tip" Wiseman in 1859. Their honeymoon was spent on a wagon train traveling the Oregon Trail toward Walla Walla.

They had 11 children while living in the Walla Walla region and all survived. Their first son, William Nathan, was the first male white child born in the valley.

Her father, Thomas Estes, moved to the Walla Walla Valley from Arkansas in 1860. The Estes and Wiseman's stock farms were first located in the Dry Creek Valley northwest of Walla Walla before they moved to Eureka Flat.

Nancy Wiseman remained in Walla Walla until her death in 1916. She is portrayed by her great-great-grandaughter, Harriett Hart Beach.

The portrayal on Sunday is a women's history celebration with Lucie Isaacs and women from Walla Walla history, including Maria Whitman, Suzanne Cayouse Dauphin, America Bogle, Martha Roberts and Myra Eels. Together they celebrate the 89th anniversary of 19th amendment, which guaranteed American women's right to vote.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is $7 adults; $6 seniors 62 and up and students; $3 children 6-12; free for under 6. For more information, call 525-7703, or visit


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