• Ferry House from across the Prairie

    Ebey's Landing

    National Historical Reserve Washington

2014 Ebey's Conference - DISCOVER EBEY'S

Registration Underway for the 2014 Ebey's Conference: DISCOVER EBEY'S!

 
18th Centuray Captain peers through telescope aboard ship toward land
 

Saturday, October 4, 2014 –9am to 5pm

8:00 – 9:00: REGISTRATION: Check in; Enjoy coffee & light refreshments
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9:00 – 9:15: WELCOME: Opening remarks & keynote introduction.

9:15 –10:00: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Minute Man National Historical Park: 50 Years on the Battle Road of Preservation – Minute Man NHP Superintendent Nancy Nelson recounts the victories and struggles of a historic rural community in preserving and celebrating their New England cultural landscape. Come learn how Minute Man NHP and the town of Concord, Massachusetts have forged strong relations between the residents and the visiting public and hear how they've navigated through many of the same issues currently challenging Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve.

10:00 –10:10: BREAK

10:10 - 11:00: FIRST SESSIONS
Sharing the Reserve: Farms, Commerce and Tourism – This panel discussion will tackle how best to balance the issues of Preservation, Privacy and Tourism.Moderator: Harry Anderson.Panelists: Karen Bishop, Whidbey Island Conservation District; Beth Kuchynka, Owner, bayleaf; and Eric Watilo, Manager, NW Region, Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission.

Salish Eden –Rick Castellano of the Island County Historical Museum takes us through the world of the pre-contact Skagit on Penn cove, as well as Rick discussion on the museum's recent success restoring the 19th century Snakelum family canoe.

Harvest Heritage: Northwest Heirloom Grains and Early Farming on Whidbey Island –Richard Scheuerman, co-author of Harvest Heritage: Agricultural Origins and Heirloom Crops of the Pacific Northwest, will talk about the earliest days of farming on what is now the Reserve in the Territorial Era, covering heirloom crops and sustainable farming methods.

11:00 –11:10: BREAK

11:10 –12:00: SECOND SESSIONS
Port Townsend to Coveland: Revealing the World of Territorial Whidbey –Lynn Hyde, Interpretive Specialist and Sarah Steen, Architectural Historian with the Trust Board of Ebey's Landing NHR, will paint an image of the roads, homes and social circles of Central Whidbey prior to the development of Coupeville in the 1870s.

In Search of Vancouver's Anchor –Scott Grimm of Anchor Ventures will recount the struggles and joys of finding and raising what may be the long lost anchor of Capt. George Vancouver's consort ship, The Chatham.The anchor was raised in Admiralty Bay in June 2014.

Raiders from the North:The U.S. Army as Peacekeepers in the Strait of Juan de Fuca –Mike Vouri, Chief of Interpretation at San Juan Island National Historical Park, explores the role of the American (and British) military in defending their settlements against native raiders from British and Russian America in the 1850s.

12:00 –1:15: Lunch –Hosted by the Friends of Ebey's - Locally grown foods prepared by Serendipity Catering, in the CHS Cafeteria.

1:30 - 4:00: AFTERNOON FIELD TRIPS
Charting Coveland – Join Captain John Stone on the s/v Cutty Sark, touring Penn Cove in search of its past inhabitants – the native Skagit villages and the earliest settlement of Coveland –years before Coupeville made its permanent home along the shores of "Bdzadzale". This trip is combined with a tour of the new native exhibit at the Island County Historical Society. Eighteen will travel on board while the other Eighteen tour the museum before switching places. Limited to 36.

Farming at Pacific Rim Institute: New ways to Preserve the Reserve – Travel forward into the past on a tour of project plots at Pacific Rim Institute. This visit will highlight PRI's efforts to reclaim historical agricultural methods for more sustainable farming, and to prepare the land for restoration of native prairies.

Perkins-Causey House: A Preservation Success Story –Visit the newly restored Perkins-Causey House on Ebey Road for a personal tour with owner/preservationist Kathy Baxter.See firsthand what can be accomplished when committed citizens partner with the Reserve and other preservation professionals to bring a historic home back from the brink of demolition.

 

REGISTER TODAY!
Saturday Conference - $40.00
Saturday Lunch - $12.00 (hosted by Friends of Ebey's)
For more information, please call Ebey's Landing NHR at 360.678.6084

 

Ebey's Conference is made possible by our Generous Sponsors:

 
Conference Sponsors: Whidbey Island Bank, Friends of Ebey's, Puget Sound Energy, Coupeville Waterfront Assn., Whidbey News Group, Whidbey Telecom, bayleaf, EdwardJones.
 
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Did You Know?

Farm-forest mixed landscape

The prairies, with their rich soil, were the first areas of the Reserve to be farmed, first by Native Americans, and later, by European-american settlers who moved onto the lands. The pioneers cleared the higher ground and tried to farm it, but found the soils poor and allowed the forests to return.