Two Living History portrayals slated for Fort Walla Walla Museum this weekend


The Living History Company at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, presents two living history portrayals this weekend.

On Saturday at 2 p.m. the legacy of the Hudson's Bay Company is seen through the eyes of Sam Black, who was master of Fort Walla Walla from 1825 to 1830.

Black came to North America from Scotland in the early 1800s and first worked for the North West Company, a rival of the Hudson's Bay Company. When the two merged in 1821 Black was not rehired in his old position but bargained for and was rehired as a company clerk. Black worked at Fort Walla Walla until his transfer in 1830 to Fort Kamloops in British Columbia, Canada. Local rancher Tom Williams will portray Black.

At 2 p.m. Sunday there will be a "Town Meeting" in the Museum's pioneer settlement. Six people who were influential in the nearby community of Frenchtown will reunite at the museum and share their lives and views with visitors. Historical interpreters may include Judith Fortney, portraying Indian wife Suzanne Cayouse Dauphin; Sam Pambrun, portraying Hudson's Bay Company Post Factor Andrew Pambrun; Jeannot Poirot, portraying Father J.B.A. Brouillet; Rich Monacelli, portraying Hudson's Bay Company Post Trader William McBean; Jean-Paul Grimaud, portraying Father Eugene Chirouse; and Clark Colahan, portraying Captain James McAuliff, who participated at the Battle of Frenchtown. The reunion will be facilitated by Walla Walla Mayor E.B. Whitman, portrayed by Dan Clark.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through October. 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, e-mail or visit


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