A Relentless Crusader for the Written Word: Get to Know Curator Rebekah

Rebekah is descended from the first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, a Native American Indian chief, and a general from the American Revolution, among other far-flung ancestral luminaries, so it’s no surprise her research traverses history. The librarian, teacher, artist, and musician holds a BS in Secondary Education and History from Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, WI, where she once was a live-in docent, leading tours up and down a spiral staircase in antebellum dress at Octagon House Museum, a 5-story octagonal house built in 1854.

Rebekah now teaches and manages two libraries in the San Francisco Bay area, where she’s a relentless crusader for the written word: "I have won a war when a reluctant reader returns to tell me they hated reading, but after reading a book I recommended, they stay up with a flashlight to read until the page is blurry." War is thematic for Rebekah; it’s her primary research focus—particularly WWII—and she’s a documentary buff who gravitates toward survivor stories.

A Renaissance art lover, her own favorite medium is stained glass, through which she crafts windows and custom gifts; one favorite is rendered from a child’s handprint. The church organist who delights in Scott Joplin’s ragtime is also a closet gaming enthusiast who geeks out on sporting and vintage games, and fights bad guys through League of Legends and Special Ops. Rebekah’s warrior spirit pervades everything: she’s battled numerous bouts of cancer with a gentle, wise heart. “Cancer doesn't change who we are. We still laugh, we still love, we still make a difference for other people.” She resides with husband John.