Retribution or Revenge?

The 1847 attack on the Whitmans horrified Americans and impacted the lives of the peoples of the Columbia Plateau for decades afterwards. Was killing the Whitmans justified legal retribution, an act of revenge, or some combination of both? The circumstances that surround this tragic event resonate with modern issues of cultural interaction and differing perspectives.


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Read Their Letters

Read some of the many letters Marcus and Narcissa wrote to friends, family, colleagues, and the missionary board that supported them.

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1,000 Pages About the Whitmans

All of historian Clifford Drury's classic book, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and the Opening of Old Oregon, is available to read on this site.

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A Great Place to Bird

During the year, over 200 species of birds can be found at Whitman Mission.

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