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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.
HJ Robinson school team, second place winners of the 2017 Turks and Caicos National Museum’s History and Cultural Heritage quiz, won a historical tour as part of their prize. They took that prize trip to Providenciales on Friday June 23, 2017. The team Noel Benjamin, Michael Archibold and Amanda Ingham were accompanied by parent Mrs. Mandy Archibold. They were hosted by museum volunteer Ms. Emily Malcolm and museum representative Mrs. Candianne Williams.
The group toured the Caicos Heritage Homestead exhibit, Cheshire Hall Plantation and Little Water Cay the Iguana Island. They also explored the maritime heritage with traditional boat builder Pastor Gold Williams, and got a tour of the traditional Caicos sloop that he is building.
We would like to say a special thank you to sponsors TCI Reef Fund and InterCaribbean Airways. Thank you also to Caribbean Cruisin, and Turks and Caicos National Trust, Pastor Gold Williams and Ms. Emily Malcom for contributing to making this day a wonderfully memorable one.
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.
His Excellency the Governor Dr. John Freeman accompanied by his wife Mrs. Corrine Freeman visited the Turks and Caicos National Museum’s Grace Bay Campus on 2nd March 2017. Museum Representative Mrs. Candianne Williams gave them a tour of the historical timeline in the Development Office which spans the history of the Turks and Caicos Islands from 200MBC to the the1900s. They also toured the Caicos Heritage House and Garden Exhibit.
The Governor said that he got a good sense of the history and cultural richness of the Turks and Caicos Islands from his visit to both the Museum in Grand Turk and the satellite campus in Providenciales and encouraged the museum to continue the good work particularly with the school groups and visitors.
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!
The founder of the Footsteps4Good charity walk, Jill Beckingham, will walk across the main islands of the Turks and Caicos once again this year to raise money for charities in the islands. Last year the total raised was over $30,000 and Jill is hoping to increase that this year.
This year’s walk will start on 16th October at the lighthouse in Grand Turk. Jill will be joined by participants of all ages including children and students who will walk with her. “This year I would like to open the event to all children and students who would like to join me, and also raise funds for their schools”, said Jill.
The Provo Road Runners is partnering the event in Provo. They have already begun registration at IGA, IGA Gourmet and Quality supermarkets each Saturday. Paula Capehart, chair of Provo Road Runners said “We are very excited to be part of Footsteps again this year, which not only raises money for charity but encourages more people to start walking and running”. You can purchase a T-shirt and earmark your donation to the charity of your choice; you do not have to participate in the walk.
Last year the Museum received $2,000 from the event. This year our very own Museum team–Nicki, Angel, Fred, and Cecile on Grand Turk and Candianne on Provo–will be participating. Go TEAM! We hope that all of the organizations and their members will come out and support the participants!
For more information about the walk or to make a donation in support of the Museum or other organization, contact Jill Beckingham or Provo Road Runners. If you are on Facebook, visit the TCI Governor’s Facebook page for photos and the event schedule.
Look for more news about the event in our blogs.
The Museum was closed from September 1-15 to enable us to put in two new exhibits on the second floor. The funding for these exhibits came from HE Governor Beckingham’s office and also from funds donated in the memory of Mr. Finbar Dempsey.
The new “19th Century Office and Government Room” showcases a typical colonial office from the 1800-1900s. Many of the objects were donated by the Hugh Hutchings family or from the Museum’s collection. Among the objects are an original TCI flag with the infamous “igloo”.
The second is an updated and expanded exhibit that blends the story of the US military on Grand Turk during the 1960s and 1970s and the role that Grand Turk played in the “Race for Space”. The exhibit now is in a brighter room, with new information about the bases and the men that served in TCI. Still planned is the addition of a monitor with photos and videos from ex-servicemen. We thank all of the men and families who have generously donated their memorabilia and stories to the Museum.
We will have a grand opening of the new exhibits in November and HE Governor Beckingham will do the honors of ribbon cutting.
Details and dates to follow, and make sure your membership is up to date as it will be a member’s only event!
We thought would take an army of volunteers to help refurbish the phone booth. Every inch had to be sanded down, a base coat applied, followed by a top coat, and then all the new windows and signs set in place. Enter Seamus Day … again.
Instead of an “Army” of volunteers he arranged for the Navy to help! The first weekend in August four Royal Marine commandos from HMS Lyme Bay arrived to help. When they left, after a day of hand-to-hand combat with the box, it was ready for painting!
Neil Saxton and Charlie Kesnel finished the job a day later. Now all we need is the antique phone! Read more about the history of the telebox in the Fall Times of the Islands.
On August 8 and again on August 15, Winston Parker of AND Construction came to the Museum campus in the Village at Grace Bay to cleanup the rubble left over from the construction of the wall surrounding the Caicos Heritage House garden. The wall was built using local materials and traditional methods. The cleanup is hugely appreciated and is an example of the voluntary community support for this important project highlighting the history of the Caicos Islands.
Thank you AND Construction for your continued support of the Museum!
Thanks to all those that donated to refurbish our wonderful telephone box donated to the Museum by Seamus Day. So far we have collected $968 from movie nights and other donations towards the refurbishing costs, including shipping! Only $832 more to go.
When it is completed it will even have the old time beveled mirror and advertisements from that era on the backboard of the phone booth. Now all we need is a real phone!!
Watch for the Fall issue of the Astrolabe in the Times of the Islands for the complete story of how it came to be on Grand Turk, photos of this lovely relic from the 1930’s, and the special volunteers who are helping to restore it for the Museum!