Free passes available for Museum Day event


Fort Walla Walla Museum will again participate in Smithsonian magazine's annual Museum Day event on Saturday.

Museum Day involves hundreds of museums nationwide.

Visitors may download a free pass which is good at any participating museum at:

The program is limited to one pass per email address, and each pass is good for two people.

Seventh-day Adventist pioneers Caroline Maxson Woods and Augusta Moorhouse will be the focus of the museum's Living History Company presentation at 2 p.m. Sunday at the museum.

The pair will talk about the life of Ellen White, who is regarded as a prophetess by faithful Seventh-day Adventists.

Caroline Maxson Wood came to the area by wagon train in 1859 with her husband, J. Franklin Wood; her parents, Stephen and Lois Maxson; and her three siblings.

They settled in the Russell Creek area east of Walla Walla. Mrs. Wood became a teacher in Walla Walla schools and eventually music instructor at Walla Walla College. Her husband served as superintendent of Walla Walla School District and was one of the first Adventist evangelists in the area.

Caroline Maxson Wood is portrayed by Gladys Wentland.

Augusta Moorhouse helped found churches in the Walla Walla Valley during the 1870s.

Mrs. Moorhouse, who is played by Cleo Wentland, emigrated from Germany when she was 9 years old.

In 1861, she and her husband, Thomas Moorhouse, came to the Walla Walla Valley with their eight children as part of the Morgan wagon train and settled on Birch Creek, southwest of town.

Mrs. Moorhouse was the pioneer Seventh-day Adventist settler in the Valley and she was instrumental in founding the first Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater Adventist churches.

Her son, Maj. Lee Moorhouse, a famed photographer, served in the Bannock War. He also served as mayor of Pendleton and served as an Indian Agent at the Umatilla Reservation for a period.

Ellen White came to the area for a camp meeting in 1884. A number of items about her life will also be presented during the performance.

The museum, located at 755 Myra Road, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

Admission is free for members and children under 6; $3 for children ages 6-12; $6 seniors 62 and older and students; and $7 or general admission. For information, call 509-525-7703 or e-mail


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