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Visitors this weekend will meet fur traders, soldiers, old west cowboys and early Walla Walla pioneers.

Fort Walla Walla Days kicks off the summer schedule from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

A number of historic re-enactors will occupy encampments around the museum grounds. Visitors will meet fur traders; Spanish-American War, Civil War and Buffalo soldiers; old west cowboys; gold-rush miners; Lewis and Clark-era explorers; and early Walla Walla pioneers. There will even be a 19th-century chuck wagon on display. The forge in the blacksmith shop will again be set alight by two working smiths.

Living History performers will make their homes in the Pioneer Village. Outside the Union Schoolhouse a pioneer schoolteacher will share early lessons and pioneer games with children and parents. The Daughters of the Pioneers will open up the Pioneer Cabin for guests to walk through and explore.

William McBean, chief trader at the fur trade Fort Walla Walla, will bring some of his goods for bartering. Visitors can also see some items owned by McBean in the special exhibit, Fantastic Finds: Treasures from the Archives.

Harris the Harness Maker will give leatherworking demonstrations at the harness shop. David Douglas, famed British wilderness botanist, will be at his tent with a number of local plant samples. Matilda Sager Delany, a survivor of the killings at Waiilatpu, will give a presentation about her life. On Sunday a dance will be hosted by E.B. Whitman, Walla Walla’s first mayor, and his wife, Maria.

Visit the pop-up photo booth with old-fashioned props and clothing and use a smartphone to take a picture and make instant memories. 

Kids can participate in pioneer games. There will be food available to purchase.

Fort Walla Walla Days is supported by Columbia REA, Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center and the Port of Walla Walla.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily. Admission is free to members and children younger than 6, $4 for children ages 6-12, $8 for seniors 62 and older and students, and $9 general admission. For information, call 509-525-7703 or at fwwm.org.

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