100th Anniversary of Transfer Day Celebration at
Christiansted National Historic Site
CHRISTIANSTED – The National Park Service, Christiansted National Historic Site is pleased to announce the opening of two new exhibits at Fort Christiansvaern, Christiansted, St. Croix on Friday, March 31, 2017, as part of National Park Service activities associated with the 100th anniversary of the transfer of the Virgin Islands from Denmark to the United States. The first exhibit, entitled Visionary Reflections: St. Croix at the Centennial Crossroads, captures stories of Virgin Islanders living on St. Croix as they reflect on the past 100 years, and addresses the questions being asked as we plan for the next century. It highlights memories and events from the past 100 years and asks what does it mean to be a Virgin Islander, and what are the hopes for the future? This exhibit is a collaborative effort between National Park Service Dr. Meredith Hardy, Greening Youth Foundation Intern/UVI Graduate Akeem McIntosh, University of Aarhus, Denmark, graduate student Gitte Westergaard, local historian Dr. George Tyson, and Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture
The second exhibit, entitled Chaney, Stories from Migrant Fragments, explores how small pieces of ceramic, called “chaney” on St. Croix, viewed as fragments of a cosmopolitan past, are today representative of processes of discovery, economy, style, and community identity. This exhibit is a collaborative effort by Ms. Gitte Westergaard, a graduate student at Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark and St. Croix artist Ms. La Vaughn Belle. We would like to give special thanks to Brian and Nathan Bishop of Crucian Gold, David Hayes, Archeologist, DPNR Virgin Islands State Historic Preservation Office, David Brewer, and the St. George Village Botanical Garden for their assistance and contributions to the exhibit.
These two exhibits will be open to the public at 12:00 noon on March 31, following the close of the Transfer Day events sponsored by the Government of the Virgin Islands and the Virgin Islands Transfer Centennial Commission on the grounds of Fort Christiansvaern. Exhibits will be open to the public daily 8:30 to 4:30 pm during Fort Christiansvaern hours of operation. For more information please contact Zandy Hillis-Starr, Chief Resource Management, 340-773-1460 x 235 or Dr. Meredith Hardy, Cultural Resource Program Manager/SEAC at 340-773-1460 x 236. Happy Anniversary VI!