Lives of missionary, voyageur to be highlighted at Whitman Mission

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WALLA WALLA - Missionary Narcissa Whitman and voyageur Francois Presse will be featured in portrayals this weekend at the Whitman Mission National Historic Site

Storyteller, musician and historian Karen Haas' presentation of Narcissa will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

As Narcissa, Karen will talk about her life. Between 1-4 p.m. on both days, she will chat with visitors on the grounds.

Francois Presse, a voyageur, will also visit the Mission. Presse will be found near his tent, which is filled with many intriguing items. Presse is portrayed by Patrick Haas, a teacher by profession, who enjoys bringing the fur trade period to life.

The Mission has fun, interesting activities during the week too. Rangers give guided walks and short talks around the grounds.

Visitors may view a 10-minute slide show, 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 reconstructed Oregon Trail ruts.

There are hands-on activities that children and adults may enjoy.

Whitman Mission is open seven days a week. The Visitor Center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park grounds are open until dark. Whitman Mission no longer charges an entrance fee.

Whitman Mission is at 328 Whitman Mission Road, seven miles west of Walla Walla, off U.S. Highway 12.

Visitor information may be obtained any time by calling 509-529-2761 or by visiting the park website at www.nps.gov/whmi/.

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