Museum's annual celebration takes place this weekend

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WALLA WALLA — Fort Walla Walla Days will be celebrated Saturday and Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road. The museum will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.

The annual two-day family festival program will include a Civil War exhibit and entertainment, including music and dance, history reenactments, children’s games and more.

Original 1860s artifacts illustrating domestic life of the day, including dresses, accessories and household items, will be on display. There will be recreations of an 1860s traveling house, a Civil War Hospital tent, and both military and fur trade camps. An extensive private collection of Civil War weapons and accoutrements will be available for viewing.

Visitors can enjoy old-time reels and circle dances led by the Living History Company’s Frenchtown Dance Troupe from 2 p.m. on Sunday. On both Saturday and Sunday fiddle music played by the Museum’s own Greg Civay will be featured from 4-5 p.m.

Writer and performer Bonnie Jo Hunt will be on hand all weekend autographing copies of her new book throughout the day, as well as singing from 3:30-4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Food and treats will be available for purchase. Deeney’s Ice Cream will offer frozen treats and the Butcher’s Grill will serve grilled, smoked and slow-cooked meats on both days. Vegetarian food will be avialable both days.

Pioneer kids’ games will include hoop and stick, sack and three-legged races, marbles and “graces,” a game that involves tossing a ribbon-wrapped ring with a pair of sticks. Children and adults can participate.

The entire museum will be open for the weekend, featuring the Pioneer Village and Indian artifact, military, textile and agricultural collections. Visitors also may learn about the Museum’s ongoing archaeological research at Fort Walla Walla and see early photos and maps of the fort.

Autographed copies of the museum’s award-winning book “An Illustrated History of Fort Walla Walla” will be on sale at the museum store, and several regional authors will be signing books throughout the weekend.

For more information, call 525-7703.

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