August 1, 2012 – The Turks & Caicos National Museum Foundation is pleased to announce the start of its first exhibit at the new facility in the Village at Grace Bay, a historically correct recreation of a typical 1800s Caicos dwelling. Plans were recently approved by the Physical Planning Board. Jeff Lee of JAL Consultants Ltd., the Architect and Development Consultant for the project stated:
“The Caicos Heritage House was meticulously researched through numerous site visits to North and Middle Caicos and interviews with Islanders. This first Museum exhibit will be a Caicos family home that existed during the 1800s, complete with outdoor cooking area, traditional furnishings, and even boat-building. The construction schedule calls for the completion of the exhibit before the end of the year.”
Made possible through an anonymous donation, the Caicos Heritage House will occupy part of a 1-acre parcel adjacent to a 1.6 acre lot where the main Museum will be built. The Heritage House will feature “living history” demonstrations and learning exhibits. The donor hopes that the prompt completion of this project will draw attention to the Museum’s presence on Providenciales and demonstrate its importance.
Dr. Donald H. Keith, Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Directors said:
“Visitors and Islanders who come to see this exhibit will leave with a new appreciation for what life in the Islands was like for most of the past 160 years. The Caicos Islanders were in tune with and adapted to the climate and environment on land and in the water. Much of their knowledge about past lifeways and traditional use of foods and medicinal plants is slipping away as the oldest residents pass away. We hope that Islanders will come forward with their knowledge and stories so that the Museum can save them and share them with visitors and the public.”
For more information about the Caicos Heritage House project and the Turks & Caicos National Museum contact Patricia Saxton, Director, at 649-946-2160.