755 Myra Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362

Pioneer Settlement

Horse Era Agriculture

Military Exhibits




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


February 26       Catie McIntyre Walker, "Wines of Walla Walla Valley: A Deep-Rooted History"

                          book signing and talk


January 29         Leah Bonstead, Red Elk Rock Shelter, Nez Perce County, Idaho




Jan. 30               Dan Clark, "A Privileged Life: Memoirs of an Activist" book signing and talk


Feb. 27              Laura Schulz,  Current Trends in Textile Preservation


Mar. 27             Mike Denny, History of Conservation in the Pacific Northwest


April 23            Kali D.V. Oliver, Orphaned Archaeological Collections: Issues and 

                           their Research and Public Outreach Value


May 29              Diane Reed, "Legendary Locals of Walla Walla" book signing and talk


Jun. 26               Luke Sprague, Who Was Henry Clay Wood


July 31               James Payne, Walla Walla and the Civil War


August 28         Donna Cummins, Following the Clues: Researching Family Photographs


September 25   Ashley Morton & Jonathan Haller, Walla Walla's Chinatown: Defining Historical Community Boundaries


October 30        Don McLaughlin & Dan Clark, Building Fort Colville and Mullan Roads, 1859


November 20   Jay Decker, Captivating Black & White: Large format photography


December 18    Sandra Torres, "The Waitsburg Family" book signing and talk








Thursday April 30th @ 5pm:


“Dear Cousin, dear Aunt…”: Letter-writing children and the French Canadian experience


presented by

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.

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