Delving into the history of the U.S. Virgin Islands is a feast for any researcher, with its smorgasbord of dramatic confrontations between masters and enslaved, wealth and grand lifestyles of some colorful individuals, peppered with stories of natural disasters, and offering glimpses of pre-Columbian culture and lifestyles.
Two sister friendship organizations with historic ties, The Danish West Indian Society and the Friends of Denmark Society (the latter with St. Croix and St. Thomas chapters) are presenting in early 2017 as their contribution to the Transfer Centennial observation a presentation series by scholars from both sides of the Atlantic as winners of a contest broadly titled, "Histories from a Shared Past."
Examples of the variety of topics being presented to the public at St. Croix's University of the Virgin Islands Great Hall on January 23 and 24, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. are: runaway slaves, slave complaints, pre-colonial life of Amerindian tribes, local hurricanes and other natural disasters, the journalistic influence of David Hamilton Jackson, and the effect of free-colored neighborhoods on their residents, examining Danish views of its colonial past, and an examination of citizenship in Danish times. Admission is free, and refreshments are served. The presentations are repeated in St. Thomas on January 26 and 27, and in Denmark next summer.
While it is hoped that University and high school students will join the numerous local residents who take an interest in island history, this is also an opportunity for island visitors to develop a deeper insight into this community and its past.
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