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Living History Performance: Cushing Eells, Protestant Missionary

  • Fort Walla Walla Museum 755 Myra Road Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

Pioneer missionaries Cushing and Myra Eells arrived in the Valley in 1838. They settled among the Spokane Indians until the tragedy at the Whitmans' mission in 1847, when they moved to the Willamette Valley.

They returned to the Walla Walla Valley at the close of the Indian wars in 1859 to reclaim the mission grounds at Waiilatpu, the Whitman Mission site. There, Cushing decided to found an educational institution, the Whitman Seminary. In 1883 it became Whitman College as a result of the Eells efforts that continued throughout their lives.

Reverend Eells is portrayed by Whitman College Professor of Roger Miles.

Earlier Event: June 23
Live Music: Maryann & Gregory
Later Event: June 24
Live Music: Festival de Friends