Find out what’s happening behind the scenes
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!
On Saturday August 1, 2015 we had a lovely visit from the Philippona family. You may recognize the name, as Ted Philippona donated his vast photo collection to the Turks and Caicos National Museum. Ted’s son, Derk and his family spent time going through the museum and seeing the new exhibits.
Our tour guide Fred Glinton remembered Ted Philippona when he lived on Grand Turk in the early 1960s, which made the tour even more special!
Our visitors Dr. Jerald Schreiber and Connie Goddard, Ph.D. are history and nature enthusiasts. They were unable to go to Grand Turk to visit the Museum so they were delighted to learn that the Museum had a presence in Providenciales and could pursue their history passion right here.
We had some great discussions as we went through the timeline in the Development Office and looked at the videos. They simply loved the Caicos Heritage House and garden as well.
Jerald is one of the visiting vets doing surgeries the Vet Clinic, whose wonderful service we and our animals are very grateful for. He and Connie, who is an historian and writer, visited us on his day off. They were delighted with their visit and they look forward to returning to see our progress towards a museum in Providenciales.
Thank you Dr. Schreiber for your volunteer service to our community.
We are happy to report that we have a new volunteer! Please give a warm welcome to Ms. Angel Ben. With a background in merchandising and business we are sure she can help us with gift shop buys and staging the gift shop. Angel will also be assisting in the library.
We are always looking for volunteers. Interested? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If nothing else you will come away laughing because we have such a great fun staff with which to work!
In late July we received a package with a large framed photo with a brass plaque that stated “Louis Williams at the tracking station 1964”. There was a short note on the back, explaining that the photographer worked with Mr. Williams in 1964 and thought the Museum would like this photo. No return address, or contact information was given.
Will we find the photographer? Will we find the man in the photo? Read the Fall issue of the Astrolabe in the Times of the Islands for an update on this very interesting story!
This summer we had some great school groups visit the Museum both in Grand Turk and Provo. Here in Grand Turk the children are being taught about the Molasses Reef Wreck by Nikki Jennings, one of our wonderful tour guides.
Nikki does a real “hands on” tour with our school children and you can see just how pleased they are to participate.
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!
On Friday June 19 the Turks and Caicos National Museum held a “Toast to the National’s Capital” wine tasting event at Waterloo. The Museum partnered with the Wine Cellar and Grand Turk Liquors along Chef Peter Redstone from Pelican Bay Restaurant in the Royal West Indies Resort.
Our wonderful hosts, HE Governor and Mrs. Beckingham welcomed guests who were then greeted by Anthony (Tony) Garland from the Wine Cellar in Providenciales with a glass of Santa Margherita Prosecco Brut.
From there, Tony took us on a worldwide adventure through the wonderful wine he brought to sample. From France, to South Africa, Italy, USA and Chile every wine tasting was accompanied by beautifully presented and scrumptious appetizers by Chef Redstone.
The setting in the gardens at Waterloo made the evening even more enjoyable. If that was not enough, the soft sounds from Dudley Been kept the evening on a wonderful pace.
There were raffle prizes to be won, and thanks to Grand Turk Liquors our guests had the chance to win one of three $75.00 gift certificates. The Museum also raffled off three chances to win a pair of TCNM inscribed wine glasses.
At one point Tony won a gift certificate and then had the crowd going as he auctioned off his prize. Thanks to Deborah Viera and Jack Sheery who split the gift certificate and a special dessert wine donated by the Wine Cellar, the raffle yielded $450.00!!
The Museum netted $1,575.00 from this wonderful evening.
Thanks to all who purchased tickets, and a BIG thank you to Tony Garland from The Wine Cellar, GT Liquors, Dudley Been, and of course our hosts, HE Governor and Mrs. Jill Beckingham. The TCNM team who worked throughout the evening, Cecile Wennick and Fred Glinton who manned the sign in table, Pat Saxton who was MC for the event, and Nikki Jennings who really got guests reaching into their pockets to purchase raffle tickets!
Support the Museum and join us in a summer wine tasting hosted by H.E. The Governor and Mrs. Beckingham. July 19th @ 7pm Waterloo, Grand Turk
To all who are away from the islands, we invite you to join us in “spirit” on Friday, June 19 and support our summer fundraiser. Purchase a virtual “ticket” or donate an amount of your choosing via our PayPal links below.
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By Candianne Williams
Museum Representative on Providenciales
Rolf and Marlene Lagerquist, visitors to the island of Providenciales from Austin, Texas came to visit the Development Office and Caicos Heritage House. They were delighted to have had the opportunity to visit a museum in its inception stages, a first for them. They now feel a part of the process and share our excitement for the future. They said that they would follow its development and they look forward to visiting the new museum on Providenciales in the not too distant future. Karen Delancy, managing director of Destination Management Company passed by and joined us. She said that the visit to the Caicos Heritage House and Garden brought her back a few years. She shared her fond memories of her grandmother’s house and her childhood with us. She too is excited and she will work towards making the museum on Providenciales a reality.