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Whidbey pioneer’s story comes to life on CD

February 1, 2013 · Updated 4:05 PM

Experience the story of Rebecca Ebey like never before with a CD recording featuring authentic period music and the voice of Jill Johnson, award-winning storyteller.

A CD release party is set for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at the Island County Museum in Coupeville. Admission is free.

Recorded live in Crockett Barn, “Rebecca – The Story of Rebecca Ebey” follows journals of one of Whidbey’s first settlers, Rebecca Ebey, wife of Isaac Ebey. Her story is touching and always entertaining and documents early settler life on what is now known as Ebey’s Prairie.

Rebecca’s husband was a well-known Washington pioneer, homesteader, legislator and military commander. The story is told through the words of Rebecca Ebey’s diary which began three months after her arrival on Whidbey Island in June of 1852 and ended abruptly with her death in September 1853.

The diary reveals a bright, sensitive, young woman facing huge hardships caused by weather, isolation and loneliness, pregnancy, illness and relentless, hard physical work.

However, Rebecca also shares her joys: the beauty of the land, strong friendships and a sense of accomplishment as she and Isaac together create a community.

The CD features authentic period music by Whidbey’s Dandelion Family Band.

For more information, call the museum at 360-678-3310.


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