Methodist_Church_-_Old_BasseterreBasseterre, St. Kitts, September 08, 2010 (SKNIS): Continually updated, accurate, historic information about the Federation can now be accessed anywhere in the world, thanks to the “Basseterre Past and Present” Website coordinated by the National Archives of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Archivist Mrs. Victoria Borg O’Flaherty told the St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service (SKNIS) that material on the origins of the Wesley Chapel (Methodist Church) and the St. Christopher Advertiser (an early Kittitian newspaper) were the latest additions to the website www.historicbasseterre.com.  Basseterre Past and Present was launched April 20, 2010 with the assistance of web-developer and manager eCaribbean Ltd.

The National Archives information on the website records that the current Wesley Chapel, constructed in 1822, is the oldest public building in Basseterre.  It also documents that the St. Christopher Advertiser and Weekly Intelligencer was started in 1782 by one Richard Cable originally of Antigua.

The Archivist took the opportunity to encourage students, parents and teachers to take advantage of the material available on the “Basseterre Past and Present Website,” emphasizing that it is constantly being updated.  She noted that visitors can also submit content.

“The records held by the National Archives reflect the official side of history - especially that of the government and the courts,” Mrs. O’Flaherty explained.  “Help us make it more personal and more colourful by sharing with us any experiences and reminiscences on Basseterre and its people.  You can send them to us as a word document or as an audio or video file.  We will upload these to Scrapbook.”

The information can be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or brought in to the National Archives, Government Headquarters, Church Street, Basseterre, St. Kitts.