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    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?

photo of Alice Clarissa's memorial marker

On her 29th birthday Narcissa gave birth to a daughter, Alice Clarissa. The Cayuse called her “Cayuse Te-mi” (Cayuse girl) because she was born on Cayuse land. Some historians see her as a potential bridge between the two cultures. Unfortunately Alice Clarissa drowned when she was 2 years old.