The  Native Son–“Preserving VI History One Collectible at a Time”

with Julio Encarnacion, III

*** Please Note that Due to tropical storm Isaac we have moved our September presentation to the 20th ***

On Thursday, September 20th at 5:30 in the UVI Great Hall Mr. Encarnacion will answer questions about his personal origins and those of The Native Son such as what sparked his interest and why he has chosen this path.  He’ll talk about his mentors, teachers, and those who motivated him and explain Danish West Indies history from working on the sugar cane fields of St. Croix and coaling on St. Thomas and the quality of life in those times. He will conclude with the importance of preservation and the various ways we can all preserve. Some of the items in his collection are photos, postcards, coins, medals, Indian art, articles, books, documents and signatures by prominent local figures.  “Following my dream and the inspiration of my mentors, led me to becoming the first Chief Conservator for the United States Virgin Islands.  I strive to inspire residents of all ages and serve as an ambassador in reintroducing USVI history to the world.”

Grateful for his high school years at St. Joseph High School where he was educated on local history and studied significant situations that made our history come alive, Julio graduated and moved to Boca Raton, Florida where he pursued Business Administration and Marketing at Lynn University. He iImmediately began to brainstorm ways he could keep his feet on St. Croix. History and Social Media played a large role with helping him stay connected with Virgin Islanders all over the world.  On March 31st, 2017, “The Native Son” website, www.thenativesonusvi.com, was born featuring music, maps, historical photos and those of local natives that inspired and supported his passion.

Park News

USGS researchers are here working in the waters of Buck Island performing juvenile surveys for Hawksbill and Green sea turtles.

Sea turtle nesting season continues at Buck Island

The Christiansted wharf bulkhead project continues with preliminary assessments being performed in the coming weeks.