Pacific Power's past, future bridged at Walla Walla museum

A new exhibit at the Children's Museum of Walla Walla got a major boost from Pacific Power's centennial.

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WALLA WALLA -- Going green has reached the Children's Museum of Walla Walla thanks to Pacific Power's centennial.

A new exhibit opens Wednesday at noon with free entry for kids and kids at heart to experience sustainable energy first hand. A whole room has been dedicated to the Pacific Power Huff 'n' Puff House exhibit.

Visitors can play at the recycled craft station, pedal a bicycle to light up a light bulb, and interact with games on touch screen computers to learn about saving energy.

The exhibit is based on the story of the three little pigs, however, unlike the familiar story the museum's story has been changed to be energy efficient. In this story the wolf's blows are the wind. Three interactive wind tunnels show the efficiency of brick, sticks, and straw, the materials in the story, to visitors so they can experience it firsthand.

"It's a great way to have families be involved," said Amy Woiblet, the museum's executive director. Woiblet believes it is important to start teaching how to live green early and this exhibit is a way for parents and children to learn together.

The museum has hoped to create a similar exhibit for a few years, but has not had funding. When Pacific Power chose this project as its centennial gift to Walla Walla, the idea developed into reality.

"It wouldn't have happened without Pacific Power," said Woiblet.

Pacific Power has been serving the Walla Walla community since June 16, 1910, and in honor of 100 years of service hoped to leave a legacy in each of the four original communities served.

"We wanted to focus on those communities and the customers we've had the privilege of serving," said Jan Mitchell of Pacific Power.

Jennifer Jorgenson can be reached at jenniferjorgenson@wwub.com.


Exhibit Opens

A formal ribbon cutting and dedication will take place at 10 a.m. at the Children's Museum of Walla Walla, 77 Wainwright Drive. From noon to 5 p.m., families are invited to visit the museum free of charge to experience the new exhibit. The first 50 people will each receive a compact fluorescent light bulb and refreshments will be available all day.

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