War time Crash

In September 1943, at the height of the Second World War, two American planes visited St. Kitts. They were Vought OS2N-1 “Kingfisher” from the Marine Scouting Squadron 3 (VMS-3) based in  St. Thomas, USVI. The night before their departure there was a get-together at Shorty’s Bar in the Circus.  Those enjoying the party atmosphere included the visiting airmen.  On Sunday, the 19th of September the crews boarded their aircraft and prepared to leave.  Witnesses noticed […]

First Long Playing album

This week we would like to share with you the first long playing album ever made by a Kittitian Band.  It was found on ebay in 2009 and acquired thanks to a donation by a researcher. It is not the best version of the LP.  We were first told about this album by Tamboura Kitwana who was a member of the Silver Rhythm Combo and today we also share part of an interview he did […]

Education for Girls

June is child month in St. Kitts-Nevis so our gems this month have mostly been related to children.   Today we share another issue (23 January 1924) of The Union Messenger because it highlights the education of girls. While academically inclined boys could aspire to go to the Grammar school, girls had no chance of furthering their education locally.  As the editorial states some people could send their daughters to Antigua or Barbados but for the vast majority this was not […]

Manumission 1795

Saint Christopher Know all men by these presents that I Robert Finlay of the Kingdom of Great Britain but at present of the Island of Saint Christopher Mariner for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which I have and bear for a certain mulatto boy child of mine commonly called and known by the name of Robert son of a negro woman called Janett I have this day purchased from Francis Beach […]

4H boys and girls

The 4-H organization started in the US at the beginning of the 20th century. The original intention behind its launch was to provide practical and hands-on learning, that would connect public school education with rural life because it was realized that young people were more open to new discoveries in agriculture then the adults. Club work was started by public-spirited individuals.   The 4-H movement in St. Kitts made its appearance in the 1960s.  Its local […]