At Whitman Mission, see how pioneers cooked over open fires

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Each summer weekend a different activity focusing on skills used by Cayuse, explorers, missionaries, or emigrants is presented at Whitman Mission, 328 Whitman Mission Road, from 1-4 p.m.

On Saturday, Rogers Miles will portray the Rev. Cushing Eells. He will give a talk at 2 p.m. and at other times he will be found meandering the grounds.

The original Rev. and Mrs. Myra Eells arrived here in 1838. They came to help the Whitmans and eventually established their own mission to the north. Rev. Eells was involved in much of the area's history, including the establishment of Whitman College. Park visitors are encouraged to ask him about his experiences.

On Sunday, park visitors can celebrate the Fourth of July from 1-4 p.m. by cooking over an open fire and learning what it took to prepare a meal in the 1800s. Visitors and park rangers will grind wheat into flour, churn butter and cook over an open fire at the Tipi Grove.

Visitors to the park may view a 10-minute slideshow, visit the museum, and take a self-guided tour of the mission grounds. The grounds include the original building locations, Great Grave, Whitman Memorial and re-constructed Oregon Trail ruts. Ranger walks are presented daily at 11:15 a.m.

The Whitman Mission visitor center is open seven days a week. Summer hours for the building are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The park grounds are open until dark. The entrance fee is $3 for adults; children under 16 get in free. An annual pass good for a whole family is available for $10. Senior passes and other federal passes are honored.

A complete list of this summer's activities can be found at the park's website: nps.gov/whmi. Recorded information may be obtained any time by calling 509-529-2761.

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