Lions & Community College Join Forces To Establish Local Culture Facility And Heritage Village

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The Virgin Islands History program that is hosted at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College will soon be improved thanks to a collaborative venture between the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and the Lions Club.

The initiative was announced at a gala that was held at The Moorings Mariner Inn on 28 April. In sharing the news HLSCC’s President, Dr. Janet Smith briefly highlighted the history of the Virgin Islands Studies Institute and reminded the audience at the gala that the program was the brainchild of Chairman of the College, and former HLSCC President Dr. Charles Wheatley, OBE.

In noting that the initiative has grown since its inception in 1998, Dr. Smith said that the Virgin Islands Studies Institute has collected thousands of delicate artifacts and treasured historic Virgin Island documents that should be on display.

The President of the College mentioned that the collaboration would see the establishment of a purpose-built facility that will provide classroom and consultation spaces, offices, facilitate genealogical research, and will house a small dedicated library and temperature-controlled display room for artifacts.

It was  further disclosed that renowned artists and former Speaker of the House of Assembly Mr. Rueben Vanterpool will be assisting with the construction of a “heritage village” that will be located next to Virgin Islands Studies Institute.

The Village being constructed by Mr. Vanterpool will include a reconstructed animal round; a functional boiling house being constructed under the direction of Mr. Vanterpool; a traditional thatch-roofed house; a coal pit; an out-house; a traditional well and a working stone/brick oven. The facility will also feature a garden containing medicinal plants and crops that were once vital to the Virgin Islands economy and people.

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