alexander-hamilton_2[Edit: We want to thank Celeste Fahie for stepping in for our presenter.  Ms. Gerard was unable to speak at our lecture due to a family illness.  We will bring you an Alexander Hamilton presentation in the near future, In the mean time you can find out more about CHANT and the tours they offer at their website: http://chantvi.org]

There’s a new tour in town! Frandelle Gerard, Executive Director of CHANT (Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism) brings us a Powerpoint presentation on her 2 ½-hour “Alexander Hamilton’s Christiansted” tour!

“Walk in the footsteps of Alexander Hamilton in the historic town of Christiansted, St. Croix. As a boy, Alexander Hamilton lived and worked in the Capital of the Danish West Indies.

The walk begins at the Christiansted Wharf and visits sites linked directly to Alexander Hamilton.

His boyhood home and mother Rachel’s store on Company Street no longer stand but we walk by on the way to St. John’s Anglican Church, sitting gracefully at the head of Christiansted town. We will see places where he lived after the untimely death of his mother and where he worked as a clerk at the warehouse of Beekman and Cruger.

Many of the original buildings of the time still stand! Walk the old cobblestone walkways and learn about the place that helped shape the man who became a founding father of the United States of America.”

frandelle-gerardFrandelle Gerard is the Executive Director of CHANT, Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism, Inc., a Virgin Islands non-profit dedicated to promoting heritage and nature tourism as the lead tourism product for St. Croix.

Prior to joining CHANT in 2009, Ms. Gerard was a Business Counselor with the UVI Small Business Development Center on St. Croix. She also served as the Executive Director of the VI Industrial Development Commission (IDC) and subsequently was employed with an EDC firm as a Real Estate Asset Manager.

Ms. Gerard gained her business and management experience in the insurance industry having been the third-generation owner of The Markoe Agencies, Inc. Over the years, she has served on boards and commissions including the Public Finance Authority, West Indian Company (WICO), St. Croix Foundation for Community Development, Caribbean Dance Company, Yvonne A. Galiber Foundations (Y.A.G.), Inc., and the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix and is a former Advisor for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Ms. Gerard is a member of the newly established St. Croix Council of Elders, Community Wisdom Keepers, dedicated to Ritual Facilitating, Education, Mentoring, Outreach and Conflict Resolution.

The lecture will be held from 5:30 – 6:30 pm in the Danish West India & Guinea Company Warehouse, Company Street, Christiansted.  The Fort parking lot will be open till 7 pm.
The Friends of the St. Croix USVI National Parks will meet at 5 pm just before the lecture in the same location.  Memberships are now available! Brochures and applications will be available at this event.