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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?

picture of tule lodge

The tule lodge offers a comfortable place for the people inside. The structure is held up by wooden poles and covered with mats made of tule. Tules are a type of sedge; they grow in marshy areas; and are also called "bullrushes." Tules are stronger than they look. A tule lodge can withstand rain and wind.