Living History Company portrays strong women

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The Living History Company of Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, will present a weekend in the company of women.

Walla Walla's "New Orleans Lady" will return to the town she graced in the 19th century at 2 p.m. Saturday in the pioneer settlement. Portrayed by Deanna Underwood, Annie Mix was a woman of sophistication and elegance, as well as possessing a strong character. Mix was born Anna Dwight in New Orleans in 1831 and arrived in Walla Walla with her husband and three children in 1863, when the city of Walla Walla was just a year old.

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

Following her husband's death in 1881, Annie Mix took over the operation of the family business interests, including farming, ranching and commercial properties such as the Palace Hotel. The hotel once stood in downtown Walla Walla.

She was widely known for her gracious hospitality and judicious business ability.

On Sunday at 2 p.m. Lucinda Fulton Isaacs will be portrayed. In 1860 she married Henry Isaacs, and two years later the couple moved to Walla Walla, where he established a flour mill.

Lucinda Isaacs entertained suffragist Susan B. Anthony in whose cause she worked. Anthony, along with fellow suffragist Abigail Scott Duniway, crusaded through Washington and Oregon territories to form the Washington Woman Suffrage Association. Through their efforts, full voting rights were granted to women in 1883 by the Territorial Legislature. However, the Territorial Supreme Court overturned that law in 1887. Another bill passed in 1888, but it too was overturned.

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 a writer of essays and historical sketches under pen names, as well as correspondent for the Washington Equal Suffrage Association and the National Council of Women Voters. She is portrayed by Liz George.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, April through October and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays except holidays Novemberthrough March. 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. For more information, call 509-525-7703 or e-mail info@fortwallawallamuseum.org. Online see fortwallawallamuseum.org.

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