755 Myra Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362
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MUSEUM AFTER HOURS
A Monthly lecture series to be held on the last Thursday of every month. We are hoping to provide a space for community congregation, discussion and debate, touching on topics ranging from regional culture and history to the roles and responsibilities of museums within our communities. The hours of the talk will coincide with the Museums closing hours (5pm during normal hours and 4pm during winter hours).
May 28 James Payne, World Wars Exhibit at Fort Walla Walla Museum
March 26 Duane Wollmuth, Walla Walla Valley Wine Industry – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Jan. 30 Dan Clark, "A Privileged Life: Memoirs of an Activist" book signing and talk
their Research and Public Outreach Value
May 29 Diane Reed, "Legendary Locals of Walla Walla" book signing and talk
Thursday April 30th @ 5pm:
“Dear Cousin, dear Aunt…”: Letter-writing children and the French Canadian experience
Sarah Hurlburt, Associate professor of French
Sarah Robinson, Research Assistant
The Bergevin letters contain multiple examples and references to letters to and by children and adolescents. These letters range from a first letter to a beloved aunt or uncle by a young person just learning to write, to letters written on behalf of entire families, to letters exchanged directly between cousins. The content and function of these interactions provide us with a window onto the interpretive role of the child in the immigrant experience. The child may be interpreting between written and oral communication for an illiterate parent, or between languages for a monolingual parent, or attempting to reproduce the close epistolary relationships of their parents’ generation with their own cousins. Examples of these interactions in the Bergevin letters collection demonstrate the value placed on even distant family relationships in the French Canadian community, and the evolutions imposed upon these bonds by immigration.