October 6, 2018, Assumption Church Parish Hall, 2098 E. Alder St., Walla Walla, WA

Tickets are $40 each, or $220 for a table for 6, available online at https://tinyurl.com/frenchtown2018, or by calling Judy at (509) 540-9317‬ by October 1. You may also mail a check to P.O. Box 1224, Walla Walla, WA. 99362. 

This year, the Frenchtown Historical Foundation is pleased to welcome historical archaeologist Maryanne Maddoux as our Rendezvous keynote speaker. Maddoux’s work includes supervising the Harriet D. Munnick collection for the St. Paul Mission Historical Society, and her presentation will offer both genealogical and archaeological perspectives on the history of the region.

If you’ve done genealogical research in the Pacific Northwest, you’ve probably used Harriet D. Munnick’s Catholic Church records. Munnick’s translations and accompanying research are a rich resource for understanding the history of the Pacific Northwest. What you may not know is that much of her research remained unpublished at her death.

At Rendezvous, you’ll learn about the process of managing and digitizing the Munnick archive. You might even pick up a few tips for how to use this new digital archive for your own investigations. But genealogy is not the only way to dig through history; Maddoux will also speak about her experience as a site manager at the excavation of a French-Canadian homestead at Champoeg, Oregon.

Workshop on Writing Family History

Led by Christina Dubois

Do you want to learn more about your family history? Have you been working on a genealogy project you’d like to share with a broader audience? The 2018 Frenchtown Rendezvous offers a great opportunity to dive deep and think about how we research and share our families’ stories. Join us for a special “Workshop on Writing Family History,” led by Christina Dubois, freelance book editor, graphic designer, and former editor of Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History.

Dubois’ hour-long workshop will focus on researching, writing, and publishing family histories. Participants will reflect upon how and why they want to bring their ancestors to life by telling their stories, guided by Dubois’ extensive experience with the writing and publishing process.

The workshop is set for 1–2 p.m., before the doors open to the public. There is no charge besides your Rendezvous ticket, but please do sign up to indicate you plan to attend the workshop. (Link)

If you would like to do additional hands-on genealogical research into your own family history, after the workshop there will be a computer station set up to explore records online.


1-2 PM : Workshop on writing and publishing family history by Christina Dubois, retired editor of Columbia Magazine of the Washington State Historical Society. 

Register online at tinyurl.com/RDVworkshop. 

2 pm: Doors open to the public. Come stock your wine cellar at the silent auction, buy a raffle ticket for a Chief Joseph Pendleton blanket, or check out the history displays. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

4 PM:  Historical archaeologist Maryanne Maddoux will speak about the digitization of the Harriet D. Munnick Papers by the St. Paul Mission Historical Society, and the field school excavation of a French-Canadian homestead at Champoeg, OR. 

5 pm: Tri-tip dinner catered by Marty Bray. 

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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