The Virgin Islands History program that is hosted at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College will soon be improved thanks to a collaborative venture between the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and the Lions Club.
The initiative was announced at a gala that was held at the Moorings Mariner Inn on 28th April. In sharing the news HLSCC’s President Dr. Janet Smith explained that the undertaking is a joint venture between HLSCC and the Lions club.
Dr. Smith briefly highlighted the history of the Virgin Islands history program and reminded the audience of the gala that program was the brainchild of Chairman of the College Dr. Charles Wheatley, OBE.
In noting that the initiative has grown since its inception in 1998, Dr. Smith said that the Virgin Islands Studies Institute has collected thousands of delicate artifacts and treasured historic Virgin Island documents that should be on display.
The collaboration would see the establishment of a purpose-built facility that will provide classroom and consultation spaces, offices, facilitate genealogical research, and will house a small dedicated library and temperature-controlled display room for artifacts.
It was noted that renowned artistes and former Speaker of the House of Assembly Mr. Rueben Vanterpool will be assisting with the construction of a “heritage village” that will be located next to Virgin Islands Studies Institute.
The Village being constructed by Mr. Vanterpool will include a reconstructed animal round; a functional boiling house being constructed under the direction of Mr. Rueben Vanterpool; a traditional thatch-roofed house; a coal pit; an out-house; a traditional well and a working stone/brick oven.
The facility will also feature a garden containing medicinal plants and crops that were once vital to the Virgin Islands economy and people.
- Source: BVIHotpress.com