For 2012-2013 our regular schedule of activities, which occur monthly from November through April, will continue to be held on the second Tuesday evening of each month for membership meetings, and, in most cases, the following Saturday for additional events or activities.
Scheduled for April are:
- End of Season Potluck and a presentation on “The Failed Transfer of 1899-1902 and its Consequences for 1917 and Beyond”:
Tuesday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at the Cruz Bay Battery (*note time and location change).
The St. John Historical Society will wrap up its 2012-2013 season with a potluck gathering at the Cruz Bay Battery. Noted Virgin Islands historian George F. Tyson, who recently joined the SJHS board of directors, will present his thoughts on the anniversary of Transfer Day, March 31. Tyson is an authority on Virgin Islands history, with many publications to his credit. A resident of St. Croix, he has taught at the University of the Virgin Islands, served as executive director of the St. Croix Landmarks Society, and is past-president of the Society of Virgin Islands Historians. Presently, he is the director of the “St. Croix African Roots Project,” a collaboration of Danish and American scholars involved in digitizing and studying biographical and demographic records relating to St. Croix during the period of Danish rule.
Please bring a dish to share. All are welcome to attend what is sure to be a fun social event set at a very special historic site on St. John. The election of next year’s officers and board representatives will also take place. We look forward to seeing you there!
There are lots of exciting activities and events on tap for the upcoming season. Don’t forget to check your newsletter and the SJHS website for details as they become available. We look forward to seeing you there!
- End of Season Potluck and a presentation on “The Failed Transfer of 1899-1902 and its Consequences for 1917 and Beyond”: Tuesday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at the Cruz Bay Battery (*note time and location change).
Read selections from archived SJHS Newsletter articles and supplemental articles about the history and culture of St. John. Recent additions include:
- Albert E. Daniel—His Lifeworks, by Jessica Hornbeck.
- Crystal Blue View of Tektite II, by Don Near.
- A Timeline of the Establishment of the Town of Cruz Bay, St. John, by David W. Knight.
- Losing Ground, by Eleanor Gibney.
- Dear Judge, … Margaret Braithwaite, by David W. Knight.
Explore our growing collection of photographs. Recent additions include:
Historic Buildings (LOC-HABS/HAER)
An extensive series of photographs and architectural drawings of historic buildings on St John. These works were drawn from the Historic American Buildings Survey Collection of the Library of Congress.
Family Album of Anna Dohm Nose
It was front page news on December 21, 1937, the local Daily News in fact, when Peter and Elsa Dohm and family arrived in their 10 meter yawl, Restmore, after a five year voyage. When the voyage began, Anna was four months old. Thus begins a family album covering the activities of this adventurous and entrepreneurial family. Luckily for us, this family believed in cameras and keepsakes, for Anna’s family album chronicles, with a small hiatus for the war years, the development of Cruz Bay and Red Hook from the 1930’s to the 1970’s.
St Thomas Scenes
This collection includes early 20th century photographs of St Thomas.
View our slide-show presentations:
- Governor Pearson. The early history of US ownership of the Virgin Islands come alive with these detailed and heartfelt written accounts and letters authored by the USVI’s first civilian governor, Paul M. Pearson. Pearson’s granddaughter, Barbara Grove, and her husband, David Grove, prepared this presentation which paint a picture of the depressed state of the territory upon Governor Pearson’s arrival, the fervor with which he was welcomed, and his genuine love and concern for the people of these islands.
- Enduring Eloquence, a brief background of historical images of St. John, by former SJHS President David Knight.
View copies of primary documents relating to the rich historical legacy of St. John. Selected documents include a list of early settlers dating to 1722, plans for the Cruz Bay Battery drawn in 1780, a census for Lovango Cay from 1846, and many more...
Come visit our online store!
St. John – Life in Five Quarters
Selected readings from the archives of the St John Historical Society.
This 200+ page book of local stories, pictures, and history includes accounts of prominent people and notable places, firsthand descriptions of earlier ways of life on St John, fact-based histories of estate ‘ruins’ we have rambled, and an impressive collection of interesting and beautiful images and photos, many of which have never been previously published.
ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
New St. John Historical Society merchandise is now available
The SJHS is pleased to introduce the Society’s exciting new line of custom t-shirts and caps. All affordably priced at a donation of just $20! Plenty of shirt styles, colors, and sizes to choose from: long sleeve with pocket, standard short sleeve, ladies short and three-quarter sleeve in scoop- or v-neck. All t-shirts are high-quality 100% cotton and printed with eco-friendly ink to protect our environment.
Plus, high-quality custom embroidered caps with a leather adjustment strap in four fabulous colors.
All items are available through the SJHS web store at:
and from the sales table at any of our meetings or events.
Step out in style and help support the SJHS with your donation.