Pioneer’s indomitable spirit evoked


WALLA WALLA — Sarah G. Miner, Walla Walla’s first public school teacher, is the subject of the Living History portrayal at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

The school marm will be portrayed by career educator Barbara Daniel, who taught at Green Park School before she retired.

Miner opened a private school in a store building on Main Street during the winter of 1861-62.

She was then given a teaching certificate and, on June 16, 1862, began the first public school classes in Walla Walla.

Miner was described as “a lovely, cultured woman, who had the finest house plants in town,” according to Abigail Scholar, museum program manager, in a press release.

The performance will take place in the pioneer settlement.

Visitors are encouraged to question Living History re-enactors about their lives and times.

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information on the museum and on the Living History performances, call 525-7703.

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Admision is free to museum members; eligible service personnel and their families through the Blue Star Museums Program; Tamastskikt Cultural Institute’s Inwai Circle cardholders; enrolled members off the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation; and all children under 6; $3 children ages 6-12; $6 seniors 62 and older and students; and $7 adults.


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