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History Talk: The Whitman Mission and the Oregon Trail

February 1 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

History talks return to the Schmidt House! After a long closure due to COVID and a construction project, we’re pleased to announce that monthly History Talks are back! Join us each month for a free hour-long talk on social or natural history, each presented by a recognized expert. All talks will be at noon on a specified Thursday. First come, first seated until capacity is reached.

This History Talk is titled “The Whitman Mission and the Oregon Trail”. The Oregon National Historic Trail does not pass through the Whitman Mission just west of Walla Walla, even though the first emigrants traveled that way. The original route to the Mission has been undocumented for more than 170 years. The story of finding that route through evidence in trail documents and field research is presented by Dave Welch, long-time member, officer, and current chair of the mapping and marking committee of the Oregon-California Trails Association.

History Talks are free to attend, and start at noon. Doors will open at 11:45a.


Olympia Tumwater Foundation
City of Tumwater


Schmidt House
330 Schmidt Pl SW
Tumwater, WA 98501 United States
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(360) 890-2299
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