Whitman Mission National Historic Site [WA]
The Whitman Mission was founded in present day Washington in 1836. The Mission was integrated tightly with the local Native American community. By the 1840s, the Whitman Mission had become an important stop for westward-bound immigrants, and in 1847 a wagon train brought measles to the mission. Unfortunately, while the white children recovered, the local Cayuse tribe was devastated. Shortly thereafter two Cayuse killed the Whitmans along with a dozen others, in what is known as the Whitman Massacre. The historical site contains a memorial to the Whitman Mission and dead Cayuse along with a visitor center where visitors can read about the history of the location and the early Pacific Northwest. Exhibits compare the lifestyle of the Whitmans and the Cayuse.
The site offers a 10-minute slide presentation, exhibits, outdoor activities, demonstrations for student groups, traveling trunks, Junior Ranger activities, and picnic shelters. The website offers in depth historical information regarding the mission, the Cayuse, and westward-bound emigrants. In addition, the site offers an events calendar, visitor information, craft instructions, and pre-visit activity suggestions. In order to contact the site via email, use the "contact us" link located on the left side of the webpage.