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Robert Franklin Gates, Market Square, US Virgin Isands

Beautiful Market Square Painting by Robert F. Gates ~ 1936

Market Square, US Virgin Islands © Smithsonian American Art Museum I love discovering artwork from the Virgin Islands, especially unique pieces long forgotten! Here are several that were created in […]

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Camille Pissarro Painting from the Danish West Indies

Newly Discovered Camille Pissarro Painting Up For Auction!

Portrait of a Boy 1852 – 1855 This rare painting is an incredible find!  It is a Camille Pissarro painting, truly a one of a kind original by the famed […]

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First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt visits the US Virgin Islands in 1934 by Valerie Sims

First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt Visits the US Virgin Islands ~ 1934

Today in VI History On this day, March 7, 1934, the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt visited the US Virgin Islands. Learn more about her exciting visit here.   SaveSave SaveSave […]

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Schooner, Gitana visits the Virgin Islands

The Beautiful Boston-Built Schooner, GITANA anchors in the Harbor ~ 1899

Schooner, Gitana Have a glimpse at one of the prettiest yachts to visit the Danish West Indies. 🔎 Gitana was a wooden-keeled schooner, designed and built by D.J. Lawlor of Boston […]

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Charles Lindburgh's plane and flower girl, Margie Creque in St. Thomas ,US Virgin Islands by Valerie Sims

Could This Be Charles Lindbergh’s Flower Girl? ~ 1928

Margie Creque 🌺 Family Story: True or Not? Have you ever been told a fascinating story about a member of your family and attempted to verify it, only to be […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Minnesota Historical Society

Virgin Islanders Mourn Loss of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ~ 1968

Dr. Martin Luther King, courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society 📓 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The year, 1968 was a mournful year for our family and for our country. It […]

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Christopher Columbus visits St. Croix, US Virgin Islands ~ 1493

Christopher Columbus Visits the Virgin Islands ~ 1493

  Christopher Columbus This week marks another milestone in Virgin Islands history ~  November 14, 1493   Christopher Columbus, sailing to the New World on his second voyage in 1493, […]

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President Herbert Clark Hoover visits the US Virgin Islands ~ 1931

Remarks President Herbert Hoover Made About His Visit ~ 1931

Herbert Clark Hoover was the first sitting US President in Virgin Islands history to visit the islands ~ 1931. Thousands came out to greet him! Governor Pearson, having only arrived himself […]

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Hugo Larsen's Nanny with Baby painting in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1905 By Dante Beretta

How a Family Historian Discovered Where Hugo Larsen Painted One of His Masterpieces ~ 1905

By Dr. Dante Beretta   A little over 100 years ago, a talented young Danish artist named Hugo Larsen, visited the Danish West Indies. During his three year sojourn in […]

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Honoring Alexander Hamilton's Birthday in the US Virgin Islands

Honoring Alexander Hamilton’s Birthday

#OnThisDay At 17 years of age, Alexander Hamilton wrote a captivating letter to his father about a devastating hurricane which destroyed much of St. Croix in 1772. ⛈ Once published, […]

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Pan American Goodwill Flyers visit St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

A Visit from the Pan American Goodwill Flyers ~ 1934

As I was flipping through an old family album, this photograph of an African-American man wearing a captain’s hat and a dark blazer caught my eye.   The children seemed enamored with him and I […]

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Former President Theodore Roosevelt visits St. Thomas and St. Croix in the Danish West Indies ~ 1916 By Valerie Sims

The Landing of Colonel Theodore Roosevelt in St. Croix ~ 1916

Governor Lars Christian Helweg-Larsen on left stands next to Colonel Theodore Roosevelt (wearing a suit of dark grey tweed) and Mr. R.L. Merwin with distinguished guests in the rear. Photo […]

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