Early merchant portrayed at Fort WW Museum

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Steve Rubin will portray early Walla Walla merchant Sigmund Schwabacher at Fort Walla Walla Museum at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Fort Walla Walla Museum's Living History Portrayal of early Walla Walla merchant Sigmund Schwabacher will be 2 p.m. Sunday.

Schwabacher was one of three brothers who helped establish one of the first mercantile businesses in Walla Walla and later in Seattle. He is portrayed by Steve Rubin, a retired Whitman College professor of psychology.

On Sept. 1, 1860, the Schwabacher brothers opened their first mercantile store near the northeast corner of Third Avenue and Main street in Walla Walla. It was so successful they built a larger store in 1876. A few years later, Schwabacher became a director for the newly-charged First National Bank.

The museum also has a new exhibit, "A Tradition in Wool," which will run until June 4. It tells the story of the importance of the sheep and woolen industry to the region through a variety items.

The museum, at 755 N.E. Myra Road in Fort Walla Walla Park, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through October. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors 62 and up and students, $3 for children 6-12 and free for kids under 6. For more information, call 509-525-7703, e-mail info@fortwallawallamuseum.org or visit fortwallawallamuseum.org.

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