Fundraising dinner takes guests back, way back

A Victorian-era menu and place settings will set the tone at a Kirkman House Museum event.

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WALLA WALLA -- The best china and silverware will be laid out Sunday night at the Kirkman House Museum for a traditional Victorian dinner fundraiser -- West Coast style.

"There were just different ways for different families. I think on the west of the country you had a little less formal style of serving than on the east," volunteer and board member Pam Myers said.

For the first time, a fundraising dinner is being held at 5 p.m. at the museum, where up to 26 guests will be served traditional Victorian era foods: pease porridge, roast filet of beef, roast mutton, "masht" potatoes, braised cardoons, steamed pudding, apple pandowdy and wine.

Near-period china and silverware will be used to replicate a Victorian-era dinner. Some of the silverware is only about 50 years old, but Myers said the patterns are ones that would have been around in the 19th century.

Some of the guests will also get to use original silverware that belonged to Fannie Ann Kirkman. The silverware was recently donated to the museum by the Kirkman family.

The night will also include period music by cellist Sally Singer, who plays an English cello made by early Victorian-era instrument maker Bernhard Simon Fendt.

There are still a few seats available. Tickets are $50. People interested in attending should call the Kirkman House, 214 N. Colville St., by Saturday at 529-4373.

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