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Sydney of Oysterville

 author, historian, blogger, teacher

Hello! I’m so glad you stopped by!

I’ve wanted to tell you about my spiffy new website – easier to access and a little closer to the actual conversations I’d like to have with you. Basically, this new version is three parts:

Part I – SydneyOfOysterville which tells you a bit about me and will give you any news about where I might be giving a talk or leading a workshop.

Part II – Oysterville Daybook, my (almost) Daily Blog which I’ve been writing since 2010 – more than 4,000 entries which you will now be able to search should you come across a topic you’d like to know more about and assuming I’ve written about it before!  As always, you will be able to access the Oysterville Daybook directly or on Facebook and interact with me from either of those sites.

Part III – Sydney’s Books will give you a quick overview of each of my books, and where they are available for purchase.

I’ve wanted to tell you about my spiffy new website – easier to access and a little closer to the actual conversations I’d like to have with you. Basically, this new version is three parts:

Part I – SydneyOfOysterville which tells you a bit about me and will give you any news about where I might be giving a talk or leading a workshop.

Part II – Oysterville Daybook, my (almost) Daily Blog which I’ve been writing since 2010 – more than 4,000 entries which you will now be able to search should you come across a topic you’d like to know more about and assuming I’ve written about it before!  As always, you will be able to access the Oysterville Daybook directly or on Facebook and interact with me from either of those sites.

Part III – Sydney’s Books will give you a quick overview of each of my books, and where they are available for purchase.

As for me –

Since I retired after 39 years as an elementary classroom teacher, most of my interests and energies have been focused on the history of Pacific County, Washington, and most especially upon its once-upon-a-time County Seat, Oysterville (now a National Historic District.) It’s undoubtedly a genetic condition.

Since 1854, when my great-grandfather, Robert Hamilton Espy co-founded Oysterville, there have been Espys making their contributions to Long Beach Peninsula history. It’s a family legacy. I grew up listening to the old-timers tell about the early days here, and as the years have passed, I find myself repeating the same wonderful tales and adding a good many of my own.

After all, many of the years and events I remember clearly happened long before most of our current population was born, So I guess that makes me not only a “genetic historian” but more-or-less historic myself!

Oysterville Daybook

Someone once said this about my blogs and I can’t think of a way to describe them better myself:

Oysterville Daybook, Sydney’s blog, captures the essence of life in Oysterville on a daily basis. Here Sydney speaks her mind on the ins and outs of living in this tiny, rural community where change is constant, though not always popular, and residents struggle to maintain the balance between what was and what is.

Books

 One way or another, my books are all about the history of this remote coastal region — history as seen from the inside out.