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Category Archives: Stories of St. Martin

Postcards of Paradise

While scanning selections from Barbara Cannegieter’s enormous collection of postcards, it was interesting to see how they changed through the years. Postcards are made to represent a place, or the ideal of a place. But places change, especially St. Martin. Very early postcards, from the late 19th and early 20th centuries mostly document “important” things. …

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Image Building

Photos may be the most direct link we have to the past of the island. Photos capture people, places and things from the past. They capture culture and family history. They show us nature and the landscapes of the past. We can see what people were doing and the expressions on their faces. Photos are …

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Image Building

Photos may be the most direct link we have to the past of the island. Photos capture people, places and things from the past. They capture culture and family history. They show us nature and the landscapes of the past. We can see what people were doing and the expressions on their faces. Photos are …

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Family Tree, Island History

At the Museums Association of the Caribbean conference in Martinique last week, Hannah K Scruggs, Kamilah Stinnett and Doretha Williams from The National Museum of African American History and Culture gave a presentation titled Genealogy in Museums: Finding Family while Exploring Cultural Heritage. Their museum has a Family History Center that hundreds of people visit …

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Landscape and Memory

On the first morning of the Museums Association of the Caribbean conference, John Angus Martin gave a presentation called Exhibiting Slavery in the Caribbean Museum. It is a challenging topic that many museums have avoided in the past. His presentation sparked animated discussion amongst the attendees. Martin focused specifically on how small museums in the …

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Plastic Problems

There’s too much plastic in the world. People have made almost 10 billion tons of plastic, and only 10% is recycled. The rest ends up in landfills, natural spaces and the sea. And there’s plenty of it on St. Martin. Some of the most beautiful places on the island are full of plastic garbage. Plastic …

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Precious Memories

Written by Mark Yokoyama and César Escalona Photos are a window into our lives. They show who we are and how we lived. They are a record of heritage, history and culture. Some histories only record the lives of rich or powerful people. But most families have photos, so photos can tell the story of …

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Jollification

In the first National Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory of St. Maarten, jollification has a modest entry: A traditional gathering of people to help build a house, well, or fence and at which food is served as compensation. To most of the world, and even most of the Caribbean, a jollification is a just a party. …

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Jollification

In the first National Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory of St. Maarten, jollification has a modest entry: A traditional gathering of people to help build a house, well, or fence and at which food is served as compensation. To most of the world, and even most of the Caribbean, a jollification is a just a party. …

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Intangibles

What is St. Martin culture? It is hard to put a finger on it. Local culture is the way things are said, or a proverb or a story. It is the way a food is cooked and on what occasions it is served. It is stories, crafts, games, songs, dances and much more. It can …

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