Annie Mix portrayed at Fort WW Museum

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Walla Walla's "New Orleans Lady" will make a return visit to the town she graced in the 19th century at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

Portrayed by Deanna Underwood, Annie Mix was a woman of sophistication, elegance and indomitable spirit. Mix was born Anna Dwight in New Orleans in 1831 and arrived in Walla Walla with her husband and three children in 1863, a time when Walla Walla was the largest city in Washington Territory.

Her husband, James D. Mix, was born into a Virginia family of some standing. Mix served as city attorney and as a member of the city council. He was also elected twice to the Territorial Legislature. After retirement from public duties, he was involved with farming and stock-raising endeavors.

Following her husband's death in 1881, Annie took over the operation of the family business interests, including agriculture, stock ranching and commercial properties, such as the Palace Hotel. The hotel once stood on the west side of Third Avenue between Main and Alder streets in downtown Walla Walla.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, the Museum offers a special one-hour concert by the Oregon Trail Band. Band members consist of Bob Bohlman and Gordon Hare, who play autoharp, harmonica and fiddle. Bohlman and Hare will also portray Seventh Day Adventist pioneers Aaron Miller and William Nichols. Leroy Hogeboom on guitar and Neil Busby on guitar and keyboards complete the band.

The band performs popular 19th century music. One of the highlights of a traditional Fourth of July of that era would be band music on the community's green.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is free to members and children under 6, $3 for children ages 6-12, $6 for seniors 62 and older and students, and $7 general admission. Annual membership is $25.

For more information, call 525-7703, e-mail info@fortwallawallamuseum.org.

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