The Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and the Arts will present a one-woman show this weekend, based on the 1879 diaries of Libby Beaman, an adventurous woman who spent a year in Alaska’s remote Pribilof Islands.
“Libby: Diary of an Alaska Pioneer,” starring Elizabeth Ware and directed by David Edgecombe, was originally conceived to commemorate Women’s History Month by honoring the achievements of pioneer women.
In 1879, not long after the U.S. purchased the Alaskan territory from Russia in 1867, President Rutherford Hayes commissioned Beaman and her husband John to serve on St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs, where she kept a detailed diary and wrote letters of her year-long stay.
Performances will be this Saturday, March 23 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets for either performance are $20 and available at the door.
Sunday’s performance will be followed by a panel discussion “Seals, Islands and Aleuts: Tales of a Modern-Day Libby” at 5:30 p.m. The discussion will feature Ware and Edgecombe, who spent time on the Pribilof Islands as part of the research for “Libby,” as well as Apalachicola residents Wayne and Linda Armstrong who lived and worked on Adak Island in the Aleutian Chain of Alaska. Hear about the life, the people and the fascinating experiences in these remote locations.