Fort Walla Walla Museum to ring in Christmas with new tradition

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WALLA WALLA -- With strains of "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" and "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks" filling the air, Fort Walla Walla Museum will ring in the Christmas Season when The Oregon Trail Band plays there from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday.

It's a new museum tradition, but bringing the past to life is a familiar undertaking to members of the Museum's Living History Company. The band is an integral part of the company and has preceded many performances with 19th century popular music.

Audiences may sing along, get up and dance, or just tap a toe and enjoy the music.

Band members are Bob Bohlman and brothers Neil and Ron Busby, though others occasionally sit in. Instruments include guitars, dulcimers, keyboards, harmonica and melodica (a flute-like instrument with a keyboard). They will play a selection of Victorian-era Christmas music in the Grand Hall of the Museum's new Entry building, at 755 Myra Road.

Visitors may also take in An Olde-Fashioned Christmas exhibit, which features more than two dozen enlargements of the Museum's heritage Christmas postcard collection, a 'horse'-drawn sleigh with sleigh bells, period clothing and toys from another era. There is an admission fee.

For more information, contact Fort Walla Walla Museum at 525-7703, email info@fortwallawallamuseum.org or online see fortwallawallamuseum.org.

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