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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • A Fishy Story July 3, 2015 This whale shark encounter has to be seen to be believed! By Dr. Randel Davis ~ Photos By Jean-Francois Chabot Tuesday, July 22, 2008: It was a day that started like any other. After a hard morning on Providenciales’ Northwest Reef looking for cannons from the US Navy Brig Chippewa (which we found!), Capt. Jean-François Chabot ... Read more about this post
  • Clandestine Fields April 1, 2015 Swidden agriculture in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Story & Photos By B Naqqi Manco, TCI Naturalist Visitors to the Turks & Caicos Islands: Try finding a traditional crop patch here — I dare you. It won’t be an easy, straightforward search. In countries with mechanized, technology-driven agriculture, farms are easy to recognise, even if they’re ... Read more about this post
  • A Link to the Past March 31, 2015 Newly discovered photos document an intriguing 1955 expedition to South Caicos. By Dr. Donald H. Keith ~ Photos By Mendel Peterson On a dreary winter’s afternoon in January while rummaging around for something else, I found a small box containing four rolls of black and white film marked “Air Shots, Turks and Caicos Islands 1955.” I remembered ... Read more about this post
  • Sailing, Old School December 19, 2014 A travel tale of a 1954 journey around the Islands in a Caicos sloop. By Edwin Doran, Jr. The following is an excerpt from an article that appeared in Motor Boating in December, 1957. The author, Dr. Edwin Doran, Jr., was a geographer and a sailor, a keen observer and recorder. His descriptions of the Islands ... Read more about this post

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Marta Morton, owner of Harbour Club Villas, shot this photo on the magical island of Salt Cay. The foreground is filled with the endemic National Flower Turks & Caicos Heather in full bloom. St. John's Anglican Church, built in the early 1800s, is in the background. To see more of her work, visit www.myturksandcaicosblog.com

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