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A Day of many Firsts
We were pleased to welcome Mr. Toby Barkworth Knight principal of the newly established Providenciales Middle School and their very first grade 7 class of fifteen students on Thursday 27th September to the Museum’s Grace Bay Campus.
It was a day of many first as our new Director Dr. Michael Pateman made his first school presentation at the Grace Bay campus. It was the first time we used our new prototype Lucayan education kit. I must say the houtia is the star of the kit.
The museum plans to create additional education kits in other subject areas to enhance our offerings for class field trips so that we can be even a greater resource to the classes that visit the museum.
The students enjoyed taking the trip through time along our historical timeline. We were delighted to have the opportunity to share a bit of history with them. We are excited at the prospect of doing so much more in the future as we work towards getting the new museum building started at the museum campus in Grace Bay Providenciales.
Review Our September 2018 Newsletter
Celebrating the spirit and tenacity of the people of the Turks and Caicos
When: August 1, 2018 – TODAY 6-7:30 PM
Where: Cheshire Hall Plantation, Leeward Highway, Providenciales
Coordinated by Mr. David Bowen
- Sea Breeze
- Rip Saw Band
- TUCA Cultural Group & Drummers
- Spoken Word Artists:
- Negro Spiritual Choir
- Bible Readings – Pastor Goldston Williams
The Church of St. Monica
Museum Living History Summer Camp
The Grace Bay Campus hosted its second annual living history summer camp, July 23rd to 27th. The 28 campers learnt the traditional arts of basket weaving from, net knitting and making of rag rugs. They even cooked outside. They visited the farm and saw chickens lay eggs, also saw goats and pigs. The bearing okra trees that they saw on the farm was a source of inspiration for their own okra tree-planting project. They were transported to the late 17th – early 18th century by a visit to Cheshire Hall Plantation followed by a lively and interactive presentation of the many traditional uses of plants. They also learnt traditional dance, much to their delight. Playing cricket in the afternoon was always highly anticipated. They learnt about the animals we share the island with and ways to coexist with them. The trip to Little Water Cay to visit the iguanas was exciting, especially since the Iguana mascot made a special appearance. It was a great week of learning and lots fun!
Click on Read More to see our Photo Gallery from the Camp.
May 18, 2018 we celebrated the ways of days past with our Back in the Day Event at our Grace Bay Village location on Providenciales
The Turks and Caicos National Museum would like to thank the community celebrating our second annual International Museum Day Event at the museum in Grace Bay, Providenciales with us. The museum’s Caicos Heritage Homestead Exhibit came alive under the ‘Back in the Day’ theme which was well executed with dramatic performances, food, music, dance and traditional craft. The tremendous participation and support from the community is an indication of the interest in knowing, practicing and passing on our cultural heritage to the next generation. A special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for making this day a success.
This term we were pleased to welcome the Grade One Hummingbirds and Bumble Bees Mills Institute on May 25, 2017 accompanied by their teachers Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Jhonna. They were a lively group, keenly interested in their topic the early settlers of the Turks and Caicos Islands. We may have some budding historians in this group.
Iris Stubbs Primary School
We were happy to welcome the grade 4 students of Iris Stubbs Primary School from the island of South Caicos on June 9, 2017. The group came in historic mode as they were dressed in commemorative Regatta 50th anniversary t-shirts as they prepared to celebrate the milestone of the longest running national festival. They were accompanied by teacher Ms. Forbes and parent Ms. Fulford. We always enjoy meeting and sharing with our young students as they prepare to take their place in this country.
By Pat Saxton
On New Year’s Eve the great-great grandson of our famous Dennis Jeremiah Murphy, whose life and adventures are featured in our new exhibit The Golden Age of Grand Turk, visited the Museum. Dennis R. Murphy and Charlene, his wife, came with their three children: Ashley, Tracy, and Dennis Jeremiah Murphy II.
Dennis R. gave the Museum a family tree that we greatly appreciate receiving because of the Murphy family connection to the many people living on Grand Turk today. Tim Dunn from the “Salt Cay White House” stopped in to talk to Dennis because they are actually related! We hope that the Murphy family can come back and stay a bit longer so that we can really show them Grand Turk hospitality.
Thank you Dennis and Charlene, for all that you and your family have donated and the stories that you always share!