The Kirkman House and Fort Walla Walla museums plan exhibits to commemorate World Wars I and II.
“Our community sent men and women away to serve in Europe and the Pacific in two wars. Others stayed home and faced the challenges of rationing, scrap drives, black outs and racial tensions. These stories will be shared through multimedia, artifacts and displays at both museums,” a news release said.
The Kirkman House exhibit, called Walla Walla Goes to War, opens March 18 and examines World War II. It will feature wartime artifacts ranging from uniforms and weapons to censored letters and diaries, the release said. One room will be dedicated to Walla Walla’s airbase, where crews trained to fly B-17 and B-24 bombers, it said.
The Kirkman House also plans events such as a “Rosie the Riveter Fashion Show,” a USO dance, lectures and a self-guided driving tour of local historic WWII sites, the release said.
The Fort Walla Walla exhibit, called Walla Walla’s World Wars, opens May 21.
It will examine both wars, and feature “a collection related to the canons at Fort Walla Walla Park other items from Melvern Ellis Laidlaw Sr. and Jasper Reynolds,” the release said. “Many WWII items from the fort’s extensive collection and a large selection of photographs from the airbase will be displayed.”