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V.I. Historians to Offer Unique Cultural Perspective Saturday

This Saturday the Society of V.I. Historians will be holding its 24th annual conference, with a series of historical lectures at the University of the Virgin Islands’ St. Croix campus. Admission is free and the public is invited. This year’s theme is “V.I. Crossroads: Managing our Cultural Resources.”
Jeannette Bastian, associate professor and director of the archives at Simmons College in Boston, Mass. will present her paper, “‘Play Mas’: Carnival in the Archives and the Archives in Carnival,” followed by a workshop for those involved in carnival and cultural productions. She presented this paper last year at a conference in Australia, and it will soon be published in the journal: Archival Science.
Bastian has 30 years experience as a librarian and archivist in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her V.I.-related 2003 book, “Owning Memory: How A Caribbean Community Lost Its Archives and Found Its History,” is published with Libraries Unlimited, Westport, Conn. Her presentation is partly funded by the V.I. Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Next on the podium will be Milagros Flores Roman, who for the last 21 years has been a historian specializing in fortifications for the National Park Service. Flores is historian for the six U.S. national parks in the Caribbean located on Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John, including the V.I. National Park, the Coral Reef National Monument, the Christiansted National Historic Site, the Salt River Bay National Park and Ecological Preserve at the Buck Island Coral Reef.
Flores is also president of the International Scientific Committee on Fortifications and Military Heritage. She has served as coordinator of UNESCO’s Meeting of Experts for the Recuperation of American Fortifications, World Heritage Center, Mexico. Her work in the Organization of the Wider Caribbean on Monuments and Sites, will offer a pan-Caribbean perspective to territorial considerations of cultural resources management.
The third presenter, Susan Lugo, is territorial coordinator for archives for the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums in the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources. Her presentation, “General Remarks on the Status of the Territorial Archives,” will be followed by a surprise guest.
A certified archivist, Lugo is active in the International Federation of Library Associations Standing Committee on Genealogy and Local History, the Society of American Archivists as senior co-chair of its Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives Roundtable, and she is a past president of the St. Thomas/St. John Library Association. In 2000 Lugo co-founded the Caribbean Genealogy Library, a non-profit organization.
In 2008 Lugo gave a presentation to the International Federation of Library Association’s World Library and Information Congress in Quebec and spoke at its “Challenges for Libraries and Archives: Hidden Histories,” seminar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her 2008 paper – “What a Pistarckle! Access to Caribbean Records for Family History Research” – may be viewed online at http://ifla.queenslibrary.org/IV/ifla74/papers/117-Lugo-en.pdf.
The annual meeting will conclude with a panel of stakeholders discussing the National Heritage Area designation expected for St. Croix. The panel includes Claudette Young-Hinds of SUCCEED; Olassie Davis of the UVI Cooperative Extension Services; Joel Tutein, V.I. superintendent for the National Park Service; Ingrid Bough, territorial director of Libraries, Museums and Archives; and Gerville Larsen, chairman of the board of trustees of the St. Croix Landmarks Society.
UVI’s Division of Humanities and Social Sciences is cosponsoring the conference. It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday at the Great Hall of the Northwest Wing Annex on UVI’s St. Croix campus.

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