Fort Walla Walla Museum celebrates women's history with host of special events


Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, presents a women's history celebration this weekend.

At 2 p.m. Saturday early settler Lucinda Fulton Isaacs will be portrayed by Elizabeth George. Isaacs arrived in the Willamette Valley by wagon train in 1847, a few months before the Whitman Massacre in this vicinity. In 1860 she married Henry Isaacs and two years later the couple moved to Walla Walla where he established a flour mill. She was living in Walla Walla when the Washington Territorial legislature narrowly defeated a women's suffrage bill in 1854.

A person of well-informed tastes, Lucie Isaacs was also a principal in the first Women's Club in Walla Walla, the Ladies Park Club, the Walla Walla Art Club, the Reading Club, the Education Club, the Humane Society and the first meeting of the symphony. She was also a poet and, under pen names, a writer of essays and historical sketches, as well as correspondent for the Washington Equal Suffrage Association and the National Council of Women Voters.

At her home on Brookside Drive, Isaacs entertained suffragist Susan B. Anthony. Anthony, along with fellow suffragist Abigail Scott Duniway, crusaded through Washington and Oregon territories to form the Washington Woman Suffrage Association.

The Women's History Celebration will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The women of the Living History Company will discuss issues of "their day" and the outlook for the future as seen from the viewpoint of the past.

Craft demonstrations will be offered that may include leather work, spinning, weaving and woodstove baking.

Guest speakers include Mayor of Barbara Clark, State Rep. Maureen Walsh and Sen. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers.

A group of Civil War re-enactors will host a tea party demonstration and Sandra Stredwick, author of "The White Stallion: The Elegant White Horse of the Walla Walla Tribe," will sign copies of her book.

The museum's annual heritage quilt show, "Practical Beauty: A Century of Quilts," is on display for visitors attending Women's History Celebration.

During the day, the Museum will be collecting donations for Providence St. Mary Medical Center's Breast Cancer Special Needs fund, which serves the women of Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon.

Admission on Saturday is $7 adults; $6 seniors (62+) and students; $3 children 6-12; and under age 6 are free. On Sunday girls 12 and under will be admitted free; women will be admitted at 78 percent of usual rates.

For more information, call 525-7703, or visit


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