• bible sitting next to a teapot

    Whitman Mission

    National Historic Site Washington

Life at Whitman Mission

close-up of a sheep

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Help from Hawaii
The American Board's new missions in the Oregon Country received help from the older, more established sister missions in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii). This assistance came in the form of sheep, helpers, and a printing press.

 
 
Five modern squash

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Agriculture at the mission was critical to the Whitmans' survival. Asa Smith described work being done in 1838.

Did You Know?

singing sparrow

Over 200 different species of birds can be found at Whitman Mission National Historic Site. A large proportion of these are migratory and wintering birds indicating the importance of the 139-acre parcel as a stop over for those species. More...