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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Thing To Do

Walk the trails, explore the museum and more during your visit!

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Check out the Calendar

Ranger Programs will be happening during summer weekends starting Memorial Day Weekend!

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Know Before You Go

Always remember to Plan Like a Ranger and check the park's conditions before heading out

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For Teachers

Planning a field trip for the Fall? 2023? Check out how to schedule a reservation for your class's visit!

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Watch the Park's Film

The park's 25-minute film is a great introduction to a complex multi-cultural history

Last updated: October 1, 2022

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328 Whitman Mission Road
Walla Walla , WA 99362


509 522-6360

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