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2024 Virgin Islands History Month - Digital Storytelling and Oral History Project/Challenge
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The Digital Storytelling and Oral History Project is a student-centered initiative designed to connect young learners with the heritage stories of their community's past through the art of storytelling and the practice of oral history collection. This project encourages students to become active participants in the preservation of their cultural heritage by engaging with elders, community leaders, and family members to document stories, legends, personal histories, and the lived experiences of their community. 

Subject:
Caribbean History
Education
Social Science
Virgin Islands Culture
Virgin Islands History
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
02/14/2024
CSPAN: U.S. Territorial Issues Feb 10, 1993
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Several professors, government officials and political party members spoke in a forum on political and social issues affecting U.S. territories, which focused mainly on the relationship between the U.S. federal government and the governments of the territories. Following the speakers' prepared remarks, the panelists responded to questions from members of the audience.

Subject:
Caribbean History
History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
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Case Study
Lecture
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CSPAN
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08/12/2021
The Charlotte Amalie Saladoid Excavation Documentary
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More than 2,000 years ago there was likely a thriving Taino community in the heart of Charlotte Amalie. In 2013 contractors began turning up shards of pottery and other artifacts during otherwise routine roadwork on Main Street near Market Square. Work was temporarily halted and archeologists were called in to help dig up what was described as a “major” find. Thousands of artifacts were eventually discovered in a relatively small area. A short documentary was later produced about the dig and the many interesting objects found on site. - - US Virgin Islands DPNR and the State Office of Historic Preservation

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Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Caribbean History
English Language Arts
Environmental Science
History
Social Science
Speaking and Listening
Virgin Islands History
World Cultures
World Geography
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Lecture
Lesson
Author:
Government House Virgin Islands
Date Added:
08/11/2021
Danish Colonization of St. John
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Motives to Colonization Before dealing with the Danish colonization of St. John, it must be asked why Denmark ventured into the tropics after 1650 when there was risk of conflict with stronger European nations, and when she had problems enough in the Baltic. When considering the establishment of trans-Atlantic colonies attention must also be drawn to nationalistic motivations. Sweden, Denmark's Baltic rival, had begun to take an interest in West Indian and African colonies (2). From a political point of view Denmark was being outdistanced by the Swedes by 1650, and because of competition and prestige she could not sit back and watch calmly as they got ahead in the race for the riches from foreign parts of the world. Still, from either a materialistic or a political point of view, there is no disputing that the desire for economic gain provided the primary incentive behind Danish expansion into the Caribbean, and for the colonization of St. John. 

Subject:
Caribbean History
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Case Study
Reading
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
01/26/2022
Danish National Archives, Tips and Tricks for Danish West Indies Genealogy Research by Dante Beretta
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This lecture entitled “Danish National Archives, Tips and Tricks for Danish West Indies Genealogy Research” is presented by researcher Dante Beretta.

The Danish National Archives (Rigsarkivet) has the largest collection of historical documents related to the Danish West Indies, now known as the U.S. Virgin Islands. Dante will share tips and tricks on how to be more effective in discovering your family story in these valuable documents. He uses his own family research as an example throughout the presentation.

Dante has researched his family story in the Virgin Islands/Danish West Indies through many generations and writes family stories as short vignettes, including "My Emancipated Ancestors", “How Crown House Survived the Hurricane of 1916", "Early St. Thomas Panoramas - 1850s", and "Taking the Last Danish Census - 1911" just to name a few. Dante’s familiarity with the Danish records is tied to his research and to his experience as a volunteer helping to transcribe records within the Danish National Archives West Indies Collection.

About the Danish Archives West Indies Collection
In 2017, with the support of AP Møller and his wife, Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller's Foundation for General Purposes and the Ministry of Culture, the National Archives marked the anniversary by disseminating the original documents and sources as well as the history of the colonial era. The National Archives 'digitization project "Danish West Indies - sources of history" ran for four years, and the digitized records were presented on the website www.virgin-islands-history.org. There you can find an enormous number of records, descriptions, protocols, letters, and illustrations, all of which provide a unique insight into history. The documents became available to everyone on March 1st, 2017, via the website.

The documents from Denmark's colonial era in the West Indies were included in UNESCO's list of world cultural heritage in 1997 and are thus recognized as an important part of the world's cultural heritage. But for many years, the documents have almost only been used by a small group of particularly interested researchers in Denmark. The National Archives wanted everyone to have access to the sources - including all those who have family ties back to the colony, regardless of whether they live in the West Indies, in Denmark, or the USA.

The National Archives scanned and digitized most of the documents and offer a list of archive creators and archive series on the website. Now everyone has access to the documents without having to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark. It just requires a computer, access to the web, and a good portion of patience!

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Caribbean History
Cultural Geography
History
Social Science
Virgin Islands Culture
World Cultures
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Dante Beretta
Date Added:
12/13/2022
Dr. Ayana Omilade Flewellen of the Society of Black Archeologists
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In this enlightening lecture, Dr. Ayana Omilade Flewellen, a distinguished professor at Stanford University, explores the intersections of black feminism, archaeology, and storytelling. She advocates for the centrality of black women's experiences in historical narratives and discusses the multifaceted role of archaeology in public history and cultural preservation. The talk features her work with the Society of Black Archaeologists and Diving With a Purpose, emphasizing the need for diversity in the field and the significance of underwater archaeology in heritage conservation. Dr. Flewellen also presents the Estate Little Princess project in St. Croix, a groundbreaking initiative combining terrestrial and underwater archaeology to uncover and preserve Afro-Crucian history. The lecture is a compelling call to recognize and engage with the rich, often untold, histories that shape our world, making it a valuable resource for students, educators, and anyone interested in the dynamic fields of archaeology and cultural heritage.

Subject:
Archaeology
Caribbean History
Environmental Science
Information Science
Mariculture
Maritime Science
Virgin Islands Culture
Virgin Islands History
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
01/29/2024
Emancipation in the Virgin Islands: A Lecture by State Historian George  Tyson
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In this comprehensive lecture, Dr. George Tyson, a renowned historian and leading scholar on the history of the Virgin Islands, provides an in-depth analysis of the 1848 Emancipation Revolt in the Virgin Islands. Celebrating the 175th anniversary of this pivotal event, Dr. Tyson's talk is part of Virgin Island's History Month, focusing on the theme "Emancipation Now: Understanding History, Living the Legacy, and Creating a Just Future for All."Dr. Tyson, with his extensive background in teaching and historical preservation, emphasizes the collective action of thousands of enslaved persons achieving emancipation, challenging the traditional narrative that credits the event to a few individuals. He meticulously recounts the events leading up to and following the July 3rd uprising, highlighting the peaceful nature of the revolt compared to other emancipation movements in the Caribbean. The lecture delves into the historical context, including the influence of royal decrees and the spirit of protest among the enslaved population.Dr. Tyson argues for the importance of understanding emancipation as part of a broader democratic movement against royalism and social injustice, linking it to the American, French, and Haitian revolutions. A significant portion of the talk is dedicated to identifying key emancipation sites on St. Croix, advocating for their preservation as educational tools and historical monuments. 

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Caribbean History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
Virgin Islands Culture
Virgin Islands History
World History
Material Type:
Lecture
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
01/29/2024
Exploring Caribbean Influence in Hip-Hop Music
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1. To introduce students to the Caribbean influence in hip-hop music, focusing on the pioneering group Salt-N-Pepa and the contemporary success of R. City.2. To explore how artists from the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean have contributed to the popularity and expansion of hip-hop music.3. To encourage students to appreciate and celebrate their cultural heritage while embracing diverse narratives in the world of music.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Caribbean History
U.S. History
Virgin Islands Culture
Virgin Islands History
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
08/02/2023
The Impact of VI National Park on St. John
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This short educational film highlights the work of Senator Theovald Moorehead in the US Virgin Islands and his activism to promote a happy island for all, not just for tourists. The film cautions against the gentrification and tourism-dominated space on St. John, which has resulted in the loss of deep culture. The documentary is structured to educate and engage the community. It features Virgin Islanders discussing Senator Moorehead's life and work, analyzing his vision for St. John, and inspiring their fellow Virgin Islanders to dream and create a better future for their island.

Subject:
Caribbean History
Philosophy
Political Science
Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Primary Source
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
05/15/2023
International Day of Monuments and Sites
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International Day for Monuments discussion with Former Senator Myron Jackson about the bust of King Christian the IX being removed from the Emancipation Gardens public space as a result of public outcry.

The measure appropriates $20,000 from the St. Thomas Capital Improvement Fund to cover the cost of removing and replacing the sculpture. Additionally, the program promotes new discourses, alternative and nuanced approaches to established historical narratives, and promotes inclusive and diverse points of view.

Subject:
Anthropology
Arts and Humanities
Caribbean History
Civics
Cultural Geography
Education
English Language Arts
History
Political Science
Social Emotional Learning
Social Science
Speaking and Listening
Virgin Islands History
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Diagram/Illustration
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Author:
Division of Virgin Islands Cultural Education
Date Added:
08/11/2021
La Brega Podcast: Stories of the Puerto Rican Experience
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From a team of Puerto Rican journalists, musicians, and artists, "La Brega" is a 7-part podcast series that opens doors to the Puerto Rican experience.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Caribbean History
Education
English Language Arts
Graphic Design
History
Social Emotional Learning
Social Science
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Module
Author:
WNYC Studios
Date Added:
08/11/2021
Lesson Plan: "Emancipatory Footsteps: Exploring and Envisioning the Virgin Islands"
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The lesson plan "Exploring Emancipation: A Digital Walking Tour of Frederiksted" offers a unique and engaging educational experience that delves into the historical significance of Frederiksted, a place where the 1848 emancipation of all enslaved individuals in the then Danish West Indies was achieved through the resolute efforts of the enslaved themselves. Collaboratively developed by the Crucian Nature and Tourism Organization and the Division of Virgin Islands Cultural Education, this lesson plan aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of Frederiksted as an emancipatory stronghold, with a focus on the layered post-1848 emancipation evolution. The lesson is thoughtfully designed to align with the 175th commemoration of the 1848 Emancipation Act, and it fosters peer-to-peer learning while incorporating integrated activities centered around locally significant themes.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Caribbean History
Social Science
Virgin Islands Culture
Virgin Islands History
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lecture
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
08/25/2023
Title: "Creating a Progressive Virgin Islands: Pan-Africanism,  Health Equity, and Imagining a Just Future"
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This lesson plan aims to educate students about the significance of Pan-Africanism, focusing on its relevance in the Virgin Islands and Liberia. Students will delve into the contributions of key figures like Reverend Dr. Edward Wilmot Blyden and Dr. Melvin Evans, particularly in the realms of Pan-Africanism, politics, and health administration. The curriculum will address the historical context of healthcare in the Virgin Islands, emphasizing the disparities during Dr. Melvin Evans' tenure as the first Black governor. Through various activities, students will engage in discussions, research, and creative tasks to understand health disparities and propose solutions for a more equitable society. The lesson also integrates standards related to democracy, societal change, and local Virgin Islands pride. Materials for the lesson include biographies, information on Liberia, internet resources, art supplies, and potential guest speakers.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UeAFha9L5Y&t=590s  

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Caribbean History
Education
Virgin Islands Culture
Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Lecture
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
10/18/2023
Virgin Islands Cultural Notebook: Denmark Vesey
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Denmark Vesey worked as a carpenter and was formerly an enslaved person. Vesey was born in the Danish West Indies, which are now known as the Virgin Islands of the United States. Vesey allegedly plotted an enslaved uprising in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1822 to coincide with Bastille Day. Vesey patterned his movement after Haiti's successful 1791 slave revolt.

Subject:
Anthropology
Caribbean History
U.S. History
Virgin Islands Culture
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
08/10/2021
Virgin Islands Cultural Notebook: Virgin Islands Puerto Rican Friendship Day
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Friendship Day between the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico is a public holiday observed in the United States Virgin Islands on the second Monday of October. The holiday was established in 1964 by Governor Paiewonsky to recognize Puerto Ricans who live in the Virgin Islands or have made significant contributions to the territory.
The date was chosen to coincide with Columbus Day, as it was seen as "an ideal day for recognizing Americans' solidarity with the Caribbean.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Caribbean History
Education
Elementary Education
History
Social Science
Virgin Islands Culture
World Cultures
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Author:
Division of Virgin Islands Cultural Education
Date Added:
08/11/2021
Virgin Islands Department of Education Observance of  Virgin Islands Flag Day
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The day was established by Act 8257, which was signed into law by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. in January. It commemorates the adoption of the Virgin Islands flag on May 17, 1921.

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Arts and Humanities
Caribbean History
History
Social Science
Virgin Islands Culture
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Author:
Division of Virgin Islands Cultural Education
Date Added:
08/11/2021
Virgin Islands Student Cultural Notebook Edition 4: 1848 Emancipation
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 It was determined in 1847 that future children born to enslaved laborers would be free, and that slavery would be abolished totally in 1859. Instead of agreeing to the deal, the enslaved began mobilizing, and on July 3rd, 1848, an estimated 8,000 enslaved individuals demanded their freedom 1848, an estimated 8,000 enslaved individuals demanded their freedom in Frederiksted in front of Fort Frederik

Subject:
Caribbean History
Elementary Education
Ethnic Studies
Graphic Arts
Reading Informational Text
Virgin Islands Culture
Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
07/18/2022
Virgin Islands Studies Collective - Dr. Hadiya Sewer
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Dr. Hadiya Sewer joins the show to talk about her work with the VI Studies Collective and the St. John Heritage Collective.
Dr. Hadiya Sewer joins the show to talk about her work with the VI Studies Collective and the St. John Heritage Collective. (English, 1 hr)

Original post: http://bit.ly/2GOQISN

1:58 Bajo el Sol Gallery Events
9:56 Theodora Moorehead
11:17 Recovery, changes, developments on St. John since “Irmaria”
16:50 The VI Studies Collective
24:24 Responses from VISCO workshops
30:39 Break
31:45 “Colonialism without Colonizers” speech and British Virgin Islands
40:06 Responses to new governor in US Virgin Islands, Albert Bryan, Jr.
44:09 U.S. Federal government shutdown and the National Park on St. John
47:21 2020 Census, citizenship question, VI delegate to Congress
49:26 Green New Deal and climate justice
57:09 Outro

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Caribbean History
Education
History
Social Emotional Learning
Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Case Study
Lecture Notes
Author:
Travelogue Media
Date Added:
08/11/2021