Ice cream social joins living history at Fort Walla Walla Museum


WALLA WALLA — As temperatures continue to be toasty Fort Walla Walla Museum will offer a cool-down treat with its annual ice cream social Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

And Living History troupe member Ron Klicker will portray Territorial Gov. Miles Moore at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The ice cream social will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Visitors will also be able to play family games, check out antique cars on display courtesy of the Walla Walla Historic Auto Club and Walla Walla Sweet A’s, watch historical performances, play mini golf donated by The Sweet Putt, meet a few authors and eat free ice cream with a either a strawberry or chocolate syrup topping.

Authors Wesley Hoskins and Sandra Stredwick will sign copies of their books, “An Organic Childhood” and “The White Stallion” in the museum store.

The Living History Company will be host dancing from 1-2 p.m. as the “French Town Dance troupe.”

At 2 p.m. they will gather as their 19th century characters in a “Town Meeting” to discuss the role of women in public life.

When Benjamin Harrison succeeded Grover Cleveland as president in 1889, most appointed officers in the territories were soon changed from Democrats to Republicans.

It was during that year of many changes that Miles C. Moore of Walla Walla was appointed the 14th and last territorial governor. He served for seven months and guided the work of the transition to Elisha P. Ferry, Washington state’s first governor.

Moore was born in Rix Mills, Ohio, in 1845, and moved to Wisconsin at 12.

During his school years he read about the Western explorations. Several years later he traveled west and settled in Montana.

He soon moved farther westward and stopped in Walla Walla, where he worked for and eventually partnered with local business people and merchants.

In in 1873 he married Mary Elizabeth Baker, daughter of Dr. Dorsey Syng Baker, and served two terms on the city council. He was elected mayor of Walla Walla in 1877.

Moore formed a partnership with Dr. Baker in the grain business.

He later served as vice president and president of Baker-Boyer National Bank and in 1913 was elected president of the board of overseers of Whitman College. Moore died in Walla Walla in 1919.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is free to Fort Walla Walla Museum members, eligible service personnel & their families through the Blue Star Museums program, Tamástslikt Cultural Institute’s Inwai Circle cardholders, enrolled members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and all children under 6; $3/children 6-12 get in for $3; seniors (62+) and students for $6 and admission is $7 for adults. Admission fee may be applied to a membership, priced beginning at $27.

For more information, call 509-525-7703 or email


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