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  • Postcard Mania! October 11, 2017 Harriott sisters participated in the 1900s “craze.” By Jeffrey Dodge Old picture postcards from the dawn of the postcard-collecting “craze” are often under-appreciated but valuable historical documents. Those that bear personal messages in addition to period photos are doubly important. The following story by deltiologist (one who collects and studies postcards) Jeffrey Dodge is a case in point. ... Read more about this post
  • Library Tales October 10, 2017 There is nothing like a library for making memories. By Pat Saxton, Director, Turks & Caicos National Museum My earliest memory of the neighborhood library was from grade school. Founded in 1875, Bayne Park Library was one of the oldest, scariest buildings in the borough of Belleview, Pennsylvania. Getting a library card was a rite of passage ... Read more about this post
  • As Time Goes By . . . June 19, 2017 This beloved “Grandfather” is restored to new life. Story & Photos By Séamus Day, Chairman, Turks & Caicos National Museum Director Patricia Saxton asked me whether I would be able to build a new wooden long case for the Robert Crawford “Grandfather Clock” mechanism generously donated to the Museum by Mr. Hugh Hutchings (featured in the Spring ... Read more about this post
  • The First One June 19, 2017 A “Grandfather” of Provo remembers the island’s first vehicle. By Candianne Williams ~ Historical photos courtesy Bengt Soderqvist Today, there are approximately 25,000 vehicles zipping along the network of roads and highways on the island of Providenciales, including personal, rented, corporate and utility vehicles. This stands in stark contrast to November 22, 1966 when there was only ... Read more about this post
  • The French Connection March 10, 2017 The ill-fated Coquette Expedition. By John de Bry, Center for Historical Archaeology They say histories are usually about wars and always written by the victorious. It is refreshing to be able to look at a well-known conflict through the eyes of a participant on the losing side. Following a (very) minor engagement on Grand Turk in 1783, ... Read more about this post
  • Now He is Part of History March 10, 2017 Remembering Sherlin Williams Story & Photos By Dr. Donald H. Keith The first time I met Sherlin Williams was in the Museum Science Building’s workshop. He was just putting the finishing touches on the 150 year-old clockwork mechanism that made the light turn in Grand Turk’s lighthouse. I was amazed because it was an intricate piece of ... Read more about this post
  • The Journey January 5, 2017 A look at the National Museum’s epic voyage through history. By Dr. Donald H. Keith, President, Turks & Caicos National Museum Foundation It’s hard to say exactly when and where some journeys begin. More often than not we wake up one day and it dawns on us that we’re going somewhere. Maybe it isn’t even clear where, ... Read more about this post
  • A Phantasmal Project September 13, 2016 Saving the Ghost Fleet of the Caicos Islands. By Dr. Donald H. Keith, President, Turks & Caicos National Museum Foundation Unbeknownst to most residents of these islands, a fleet of ancient ships has sailed the Caicos for more than 200 years. A ghost fleet of sorts, almost invisible. Hundreds of people have looked right at them—and seen ... Read more about this post
  • A Mariner’s Tale September 13, 2016 By Captain Willard E. Kennedy, Master Mariner Captain Willard Kennedy came into the Museum one day and asked the staff if we wanted his sextant and navigational tools. What a wonderful gift, and through emails we have been privileged to learn about this “Salt Cay boy” and his journey through life. The Museum thanks Captain Kennedy ... Read more about this post
  • I’ll Send You a Postcard July 4, 2016 This “deltiologist” discusses the TCI’s earliest known picture postcards. By Jeffrey C. Dodge Editor’s Note: In this day of instantaneous digital communication where every cell phone is also a camera and a photo taken by a tourist on Grand Turk can be viewed by someone in China only seconds later, the traditional utility of the humble postcard ... Read more about this post
  • The Island Within the Island March 9, 2016 Solving the mystery of Grand Turk’s island cemetery. Story & Photos By Dr. Donald H. Keith, President, Turks & Caicos National Museum Foundation Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree’s shade, Where heaves the turf in many a mould’ring heap, Each in his narrow cell for ever laid, The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep. —Thomas Gray, 1751 Elegy Written in a Country ... Read more about this post
  • Crawling with Intrigue March 9, 2016 What are the mysterious underwater features in Corey Pond? By Glen Freimuth, Shaun Sullivan, Charlene Kozy, and B Naqqi Manco Archaeologists are always looking down at the ground for this is the location of their stock and trade, signs of past remains. One of us, Shaun Sullivan, was looking down upon Middle Caicos with the aid of ... Read more about this post
  • Grand Turk’s Postcard Man December 21, 2015 Meet Edmond Neale Coverley. By Sherlin Williams ~ Illustrations Turks & Caicos National Museum Collection Edmond Neale Coverley was born on Grand Turk to Flavious Coverley, an Englishman, and Olivia Firth, a young lady of the wealthy Frith salt merchant clan. Neal, as he was affectionately called, and his wife Minimia Elodie Astwood, lived with their children ... Read more about this post
  • The Original “Snail Mail” December 21, 2015 A glimpse at the postal history of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Story & Photos By Peter Marshall Many people the world over have never heard of the Turks & Caicos Islands. But among philatelists (a posh word for stamp collectors, myself included), the Islands are famous for the colourful, diverse postage stamps they issue. Until the salt-raking ... Read more about this post
  • No Small Change September 25, 2015 Spanish colonial coin found in Maravedi Cove. By Roberto G. Munoz-Pando On my recent visit to the storage area of the Turks & Caicos National Museum, many items caught my attention. Among them, one really comes to mind because it represents the area I have been studying and writing about for the past three years. It was ... Read more about this post

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Hobbyist photographer and Assistant Director for Research & Development at the TCI Department of Environment & Coastal Resources Dr. Eric F. Salamanca took this rare photo of a Bahama Woodstar hummingbird enjoying the nectar of Moringa flowers.

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