This year, the nation recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. To commemorate this event, the regional Fort Walla Walla Museum has a major exhibit open through February. The exhibit features 400 items carried by soldiers and 80 items used at home. Don't miss it.
On display are items used by artillery, cavalry and infantry soldiers, including a special exhibit on Brig. Gen. O.O. Howard, who participated in major battles and later commanded troops in the Northwest. The displays include a large assortment of firearm accessories, military dress, personal items, ceramics and kitchenware.
In travelling up Highway 12 to the museum in Walla Walla, you will drive up the incredibly historic Walla Walla River Valley. Stop at the newly opened Frenchtown Historic Site, two miles west of the Whitman Mission National Historic Site, where an overlook provides a sweeping vista of the valley.
Directions and information about the Civil War exhibit and museum can be found online at www.fortwallawallamuseum.org. There is a small entrance fee, less than the cost of a movie. The fees go to growing one of the finest privately funded regional historical museums in the United States, a real asset for the Mid-Columbia.
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DARBY STAPP, Richland