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SAINT-JEAN-BAPTISTE DAY 2019

Saturday, June 22, 2019, Frenchtown Historic Site (8364 W. Old Highway 12, two miles west of the Whitman Mission)

Join us for the national holiday of Québec, a celebration of French-Canadian culture held on the birthday of Quebec’s patron saint. This year’s event will feature a presentation on the Treaty of 1855 by Frenchtown descendant Sam Pambrun, tours of the St. Rose of Lima cemetery (1876) and the Prince’s cabin (1834), displays by the Whitman Gem and Mineral Society, wood-working demonstrations, French Canadian music, historical displays, children’s activities, and Living History players.

Schedule of Events:

10:00- Bus Tour and Presentation on the Treaty of 1855.                                                                                       Reserve your free ticket at https://tinyurl.com/SJB2019

12:00- Free potato bar lunch at the Frenchtown Site.

1:00-3:30- Tours, demonstrations, and events at the Frenchtown site.

 

FRENCHTOWN RENDEZVOUS 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019, Assumption Church Parish Hall, 2098 E. Alder St., Walla Walla, WA

Schedule of Events:

1:00- Family history and Genealogy workshop

2:00-4:00- Silent auctions, cookies, coffee, and games

4:00- Keynote speaker (TBA)

5:00- Tri-Tip dinner

 

All proceeds go to the maintenance, restoration, and interpretation of the Frenchtown Historic Site, 8364 Old Highway 12, Walla Walla, WA.


The scenic Frenchtown Historic site brings together many threads of the history of the Walla Walla valley. It lies within the homeland of the Walla Walla and Cayuse Tribes. French-Canadian voyageurs associated with the Hudson’s Bay Company trading post at Fort Nez Perces settled here with their Métis families beginning in 1823. In 1855, this area was also the site of the Battle of Walla Walla, fought between Oregon Mounted Volunteers and members of the Walla Walla, Cayuse, Palouse and Yakama tribes. Points of interest at the site include the St. Rose Cemetery and the recently restored “Prince’s cabin”, believed to be the oldest example of French-Canadian construction in Washington state. Interpretive signage provides family histories and burial records as well as information on the Oregon trail, the fur trade, the interactions between local tribes and settlers, and more.

Maintenance and development of the site is made possible by membership and contributions to the Frenchtown Historical Foundation, a as well as the volunteer efforts of local historians and descendants of the original families. 

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