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Contact: Kristen Griffin, Reserve Manager, 360-678-6084
Contact: Alix Roos, 360-678-6633
Special events throughout 2018 are planned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the creation of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, a successful community partnership that has preserved, maintained and enhanced the area’s unique history, rural and agricultural heritage, and sweeping natural beauty.
On Nov. 10, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed legislation passed by Congress to establish the nation’s first National Historical Reserve. Forty years later, the Reserve’s more than 17,500 acres – still mostly privately owned – retain their rural, agricultural heritage and gorgeous views, thanks to a community partnership that includes private land owners, the National Park Service, Washington State Parks, Island County and the Town of Coupeville. It has also benefited from the help and generosity of the Nature Conservancy, the Whidbey Camano Land Trust and the Friends of Ebey’s, a nonprofit organization that raises private funds to support the Reserve.
Today, as local farmers continue to farm, just as they always have, the Reserve has also become a magnet for thousands of visitors from around the world. Drawn to the historic town of Coupeville, a growing network of hiking trails, historic sites and a stunning landscape, visitors enhance a thriving local tourism economy.
“When the Reserve was established 40 years ago, the idea of local citizens working together with government to manage and protect a nationally significant place was a bold new idea. Now 40 years later, the place, the people and the idea are worth celebrating,” said Kristen Griffin, Reserve Manager for the Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. “We invite everyone to join with us to mark this milestone in the history of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.”
Here is a partial list of special events planned to mark the Reserve’s 40th anniversary.
- Rural Recollections Oral History Project: March 15, 6:30 p.m. at Coupeville Rec Hall. Hosted by the Island County Historical Society, this oral history event will feature memories and stories about the Reserve’s rural heritage.
- Ebey’s Inspiration: April 6-May 31, 2018 and Hosted by the Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville. An exhibit of painting, sculpture, photographs and other art that has been inspired by Ebey’s Reserve.
- Ebey’s Reserve FilmSlam: April 13-15, 2018. The Third annual Ebey's Reserve 50-hour FilmSlam whereby participants have 50 Hours to produce a 3 to 6 6 minute movie filmed within Ebey's Reserve.
- Junior Ranger Day: April 21, 2018, 10am to 2pm at the Coupeville Farmers Market. This family friendly event kicks off National Park Week.
- FilmSlam Film Festival: May 5, 4-6 p.m. at Coupeville High School Performing Arts Center. Hosted by the Friends of Ebey's, movies from the 50 Hour FilmSlam will be screened and awards presented.
- Reserve History Exhibit: Mid-July through December, 2018 at the Island County Historical Museum. A special exhibit about the creation of the Reserve.
- Pratt Sheep Barn Open House: July 28, 11a.m.-2 p.m. Celebrate the transformation by the National Park Service with support by the Friends of Ebey’s of an historic structure on the Pratt Loop Trail into a classroom space for student groups.
- Ferry House Tours: June 23, July 21 and Aug. 18, 10am and 1pm (2 per day). Small-group guided tours of the iconic Ferry House by reservation only through the Trust Board office (360) 678-6084.
- Picnic on the Prairie: Aug. 25, 2018. The Friends of Ebey’s invites the entire Reserve community, far and near, to celebrate 40 Years at a picnic. Admission is free!
- Golden Ticket Tour: Aug. 25, 2015. The Friends of Ebey’s will host an exclusive fundraising tour of major sites in the Reserve. More information at www.friendsofebeys.org
- Annual Community Potluck: Nov. 9, 2018. The 11th annual community potluck at the Crockett Barn will celebrate the formal signing of the legislation on Nov. 10, 1978, and 40 years of Community Partnership.
- OTHER PROGRAMS INCLUDE: Programs celebrating Reserve trails, throughout the summer look for special hikes and events led by experts from The Nature Conservancy, Washington State Parks, the Trust Board and Island County. The Landscape and Tribal Communities, Sept.13, 2018 (time and place to be announced). A program by anthropologist Douglas Deur, PhD, Portland State University. Sponsored by the Town of Coupeville. 40th Anniversary Film and Book, The Trust Board is developing these commemorative items in honor of the anniversary, to be released later in the year.