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Thursday September 25th @ 5 pm



Walla Walla’s Chinatown:

Defining Historical Boundaries


presented by


Ashley Morton, Archaeology Program Manager at Fort Walla Walla Museum


Jonathan Haller, GIS Analyst, Benz GIS, LLC


Archival research, like examining historical documents and maps, and utilizing GIS (geographic information systems) is a large part of practicing archaeology. For an archaeological survey in downtown Walla Walla, the Heritage Research Services department of the Fort Walla Walla Museum did just that. This talk will cover a brief history of the Overseas Chinese and Chinese-American population in Walla Walla and elaborate on how GIS analysis was used to clarify conflicting historical accounts of the development and demise of Walla Walla’s Chinatown.


Ashley Morton is the Archaeology Program Manager at the Fort Walla Walla Museum and has a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Idaho. Ashley is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and has been in Archaeology for 10 years working in Arizona, Nevada, California, Idaho, and Washington. To learn more about Ashley and her research interests and expertise check out her online portfolio at: ashleymmorton.weebly.com


Jonathan Haller is GIS Analyst for Tierra Right Of Way and Benz GIS, LLC and has a Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems Technology from the University of Arizona. Jonathan is a certified GIS Professional and has been in GIS for 5 years working in Arizona, New Mexico, and Washington. To learn more about Jonathan visit his online portfolio: jonathanmhaller.weebly.com





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