Friday, July 15, 2011

Chinese Students Visit Jacob Ebey House

Today 32 students from Southwest China, along with teachers and hosts, stopped by Ebey's Reserve to visit the Sunnyside Cemetery and the Jacob Ebey House. Jewel Czutcha, a volunteer docent for the Reserve, smiling in the picture below, organized the event.

Roger Sherman was kind enough to talk to them about his grandparent's connection with one of the few permanent Chinese immigrants of those times, who was also buried at Sunnyside Cemetery.

The students are from a city with a population of 30 million, and had not seen prairieland and open space like they witnessed at Ebey's Reserve.

Roger also gave them some history of the Jacob Ebey House, the blockhouse and the surrounding crops. It was a lovely day on the prairie witnessing the students, some as young as thirteen, interacting with folks, treasures really, from our community - giving their time to help those from far away understand the beauty of this place.

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