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Living History: Charles W. Phillips — Florist, Poet, and Park Builder

  • Fort Walla Walla Museum — Pioneer Village 755 Northeast Myra Road Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

It’s time again for weekend Living History at the museum!

Charles W. Phillips came to Walla Walla in 1861, along with his siblings and parents, at age six. He will be talking about his involvement with the conception of two major Walla Walla parks. His interest in flora and landscaping was instilled in him by his mother, whose roses and beautiful yard were commented on in the August 31, 1866 Walla Walla Statesman. The City and Dreamland Parks (now Pioneer and Jefferson Parks, respectively) are still an integral part of the tapestry of this area.

Phillips will be bringing some original documents for visitors to examine, including a book of his published poems, The Vale of Walla Walla. He will read two or three of these poems and explain their meanings during the performance. Charles Phillips is portrayed by his grandson and Walla Walla native, Dick Phillips.

A Living History performance at Fort Walla Walla Museum brings history to life with reenactors portraying real people from the area's past. This year’s schedule continues the company’s tradition of 2 pm presentations every Sunday from April through October, and also on Saturdays from June through August.

Earlier Event: April 7
DAMA's Rosé Brunch