Museum to amp up student visits after Pacific Power donation

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Pacific Power Foundation continues to fuel the admission-free tours for students at Fort Walla Walla Museum.

The energy company foundation has awarded $5,000 to the museum to support the free school tour program. The company has helped fund the program for seven years. “It is our extreme pleasure to support a program that does so much good for the children of our community,” said Pacific Power Regional Manager Bill Clemens was quoted as saying while he presented the check to Museum Director James Payne recently.

The museum started the program 13 years ago as a way to help schools maintain educational field trips in the face of increasing travel costs.

Volunteer docents have guided the tours to more than 65,000 participants since the start.

Schools booking tours before the end of February will be treated to a special exhibit on the Civil War. That exhibit features nearly 400 items carried by soldiers during the war. It is believed to be the largest collection of original Civil War material on display in the Pacific Northwest.

Schools and home-school groups can book tours at 525-7703 or programs@fortwallawallamuseum.org.

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