Whidbey Examiner


A lifetime of history: New documentary shares cemetery history

By MEGAN HANSEN Whidbey Examiner Co-Editor
December 20, 2013 · 4:09 PM

Rick Castellano, left, presents lifelong Coupeville resident Roger Sherman with the first ever Lifetime Historian award for his years of contribution to the Island County Historical Society. Below: “Sunnyside Cemetery: Where Central Whidbey Sleeps” is on sale at the Island County Historical Museum. / Megan Hansen photo

Members of Coupeville’s historical community gathered Monday evening to celebrate the release of a new historical documentary and volunteers who keep history thriving in Central Whidbey.

The Island County Historical Society held the release party for “Sunnyside Cemetery: Where Central Whidbey Sleeps,” a 31-minute documentary narrated by local historian Roger Sherman.

The documentary features stories and images of some of the pioneers resting in Central Whidbey, as told by the descendants of their friends and families.

Featured interviews include Roger, Al and Dale Sherman; Joanne Engle Brown; and Theresa Trebon.

During the celebration, Rick Castellano, executive director of the Island County Historical Society, presented Roger Sherman with the first-ever Lifetime Historian Award for his longtime contributions to the society.

Sherman is well known in the community for his knowledge of local history and holds a cemetery tour for the public a couple times a year. Proceeds from the tour go back to the historical society.

Castellano also took time to recognize the many volunteers who help in various capacities to keep the society and museum operational.

Guests were able to purchase copies of the new documentary at the event, but were also treated to a screening.

Earle Darst, a founding member of the historical society, read a historical poem prior to the screening.

DVDs are for sale at the museum located at the corner of Alexander and Front streets.

Cost is $21.99 plus tax with proceeds going back to the museum.


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