• bible sitting next to a teapot

    Whitman Mission

    National Historic Site Washington


Bottom portion of a broken clay jar.

Bottom of clay jar found during archeological excavations at mission site.

NPS photo

Museum Collection
The park has over 6000 objects. There is also an archive of documents relating to the history of the park.

All serious research - regardless of educational level - is encouraged.

Click this link to get a copy of the park's access policies and procedures.

Photo of Narcissa's writing desk

Narcissa's portable writing desk.

Oregon Historical Society


Letters, diaries, reports, and reminiscences were written by the Whitmans. Many of these are available on the web. more . . .

Clifford Drury's classic book about the Whitmans: Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and the Opening of Old Oregon

Books On-line

Read more about the Whitmans. Several books are available here.

Did You Know?

painting of mission with wagon in front

The Whitmans’ mission was important to early Oregon Trail travelers. Those who were sick, tired, or hungry or who needed a wagon fixed would make the side trip to the mission. Some would spend the winter with the Whitmans before continuing on to the Willamette Valley.