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The 2017 Frenchtown Rendezvous will be held at Assumption Church Parish Hall in Walla Walla (2098 E. Alder St.) on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

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.

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