Recently I organized a field trip for a bunch of homeschoolers at Fort Walla Walla Museum and the Whitman Mission. We've done this before, but it has been about 5 years. It was fun to go back now that the kids are older. My favorite part of the Fort Walla Walla Museum is this huge mule team hooked to a harvester. Truly incredible to think that all those mules were controlled by only two lead mules!
This was a playhouse for a local prominent family, moved to the museum grounds. It has beautiful antique dolls and toys inside.
Look how thick the walls are on this jail door!
One room school house.
Wish I had room for desks like these in my house.
WWI artillery piece waiting to be restored.
I always love looking at the women's clothing. I marvel at how tiny their waists and shoes were.
Hailey and Josiah got to see their old friends and made new friends, too.
This was most of the kids, but there were a few others that didn't make the picture. We had about 65 people in all including parents. Great turn out!
We also celebrated several of the children's birthdays between museums. Look at those toothless wonders!beautiful mission at Waiilatpu, but through a series of misunderstandings with the local Indian tribes, they were massacred along with 11 others. That incident sparked the destruction of the tribes as they were pushed off their lands, even after the men responsible turned themselves in and were hanged. It is a very sad story for everyone involved. It is a solemn place to visit, full of meaning.
Some homeschooling friends walking along what was once part of the Oregon Trail going right by where the Mission once stood.
The kids loved walking along the Oregon Trail.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures of our educational outing. We love field trips and try to go on as many as our schedule will allow.
Have a fantastic week!
God Bless, Jackie