Walla Walla's first public school teacher portrayed

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Walla Walla's first public school teacher, Sarah G. Miner, offers a glimpse into the early school life of Walla Walla during a Living History performance 2 p.m. Sunday, at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

Miner, played by retired teacher Barbara Daniel, opened a private school in a store front on Main Street in the winter of 1861-62. She then received a teaching certificate and on June 16, 1862, began the first public school classes in Walla Walla. She was once described as "a lovely, cultured woman, who had the finest house plants in town."

Fort Walla Walla Museum's Oregon Trail Band plays 19th century popular music at 1:30 p.m.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 1 through Dec. 23. 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. Membership includes free admission to more than 40 Living History performances and other benefits, beginning at $25. For more information, call 509-525-7703, email info@fortwallawallamuseum.org or visit fortwallawallamuseum.org.

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