John Culhane and Nathan Williams, 1004 Alvarado Terrace, have a garden that combines many elements that bring them joy. When they purchased the home in 2012, they got a work project, both inside and out. But the garden offered some respite from the interior projects and vice versa.

When I joined the Walla Walla YMCA in 2018, I was intrigued to learn that the organization, originally founded as the Young Men’s Christian Association in England 175 years ago, had nationally rebranded itself as “the Y” in 2010. And while specific affiliates, such as the Walla Walla YMCA, r…

Crossing the Cascades in May, my car bulging with as many belongings as I could fit, I was shocked to behold endless miles of rolling hills painted in light ecru. After 15 years by Puget Sound and 30 years in New England, I was used to green. How would I learn to love this strange new land t…

The winter of 1861-62 was record-setting by most historical accounts. It was one of the coldest, snowiest and wettest winters ever recorded. It was also the first winter of the Civil War. 

If you lived in Walla Walla, Washington Territory, in 1862 and you wanted to know what was going on in your town, your country and the world, your only source was probably the local newspaper, the Washington Statesman. Unlike many of the papers of its day, the Statesman was ahead of its time…

The 1847 attack on missionaries and others at Waiilatpu happened against a complex backdrop of expansionism and agitation — both internal and external — and was the catalyst for several years of war that culminated in the Walla Walla Treaty of 1855. This treaty was the death knell for Indian…

The advance of European and American interests into the Pacific Northwest was carried out on two fronts: by sea and by land. Although sea explorations of the Pacific coast began in the late 16th century, it took another 200 years before the mouth of the Columbia River was discovered by Capt.…

The story of Walla Walla is almost unimaginably ancient. It does not begin with the explorations of Lewis and Clark or with the establishment of the first fort on the Columbia River; instead, it originates almost 13,000 years ago, with the first appearance of human activity in the Northwest landscape.