Kirkman House Museum to open Roaring ’20s exhibit


WALLA WALLA — Kirkman House Museum will open the new The Roaring Twenties exhibit on Friday.

The exhibit will look at how Walla Walla was between the War to End All Wars and the Wall Street Crash of 1929.

The 1920s brought momentous change to Walla Walla as its borders and businesses grew rapidly. Walla Walla continued to be an important Northwest center of agriculture and culture. Vegetable farming expanded as canneries were built.

Washington women had been voting since 1910, and in 1920, women throughout the country won this right.

Even in Walla Walla, jazz became a mainstream enthusiasm.

At the end of the decade, the Walla Walla business community bankrolled the construction of one of the grandest hotels west of the Mississippi, the Marcus Whitman Hotel.

The Roaring Twenties runs through Oct. 27 and will be followed by “Hope in Hard Times,” a presentation of life during the Great Depression, produced by Humanities Washington.

The museum, 214 N. Colville St., is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per person, up to $20 per family or free for museum and NARM members. Details:


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