Save the date!

The annual 2017 Frenchtown Rendezvous will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 2-6 PM at Frenchtown Hall at the Assumption Church Parish Hall in Walla Walla (2098 E. Alder St.) as a benefit for the Frenchtown Historic Site. Our focus for the day is a question: What can we learn from Frenchtown’s St. Rose cemetery? Come at 2 PM for a hands-on family history workshop, where we’ll all work with church burial records, censuses, and other genealogical tools. Silent auctions and history displays, including drafts of new cemetery signage, will be available all afternoon, as well as cookies and coffee. There will also be a raffle presented by the Frenchtown Historical Foundation; the prize is a Pendleton Turtle Legend blanket. Then, at 4 PM, FHF secretary Sarah Hurlburt and board members Nicki and Jessie Day-Lucore will give a presentation about the Frenchtown interpretive plan and cemetery restoration project, titled "Buried Lives–the St Rose of Lima Cemetery.” The presentation will use the topic of the St. Rose cemetery at Frenchtown as a starting point to explore the intersections of French-Canadian, Native American, and Walla Walla history. Topics covered will include the relationships between métis communities and Catholic missionaries, the 1878 diphtheria epidemic, and the mobility of French-Canadian and métis communities in the Pacific Northwest. After the presentation at 5 PM we’ll sit down for a tri-tip dinner catered by Marty Bray. Tickets for the Rendezvous are $35 and may be purchased from any FHF board member or online at http://tinyurl.com/frenchtownrdv. Raffle tickets are $5 each or six for $25. 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 contributions to the Frenchtown Historic Foundation, a as well as the volunteer efforts of local historians and descendants of the original families. Like us on Facebook  to receive information about current and upcoming events.   This website is permanently under construction. Research is an action verb, and we update our pages as we go. 

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