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The Virgin Islands are Really Dead ~ 1945

A Postcard Home During Wartimes “Dearest Mom and Dad, Just a card to let you know that I’m still alive […]

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Jewish Soldier, Stationed in St. Thomas, Writes Interesting Letter Home ~ 1942

Auctioned Items Available An archive of seven letters, written between October 10 and December 26, 1942, by a Jewish soldier […]

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Charles Lindbergh, The Flier with the Eagle Eye ~ 1928

Colonel Charles Lindbergh It was a landmark occasion when the infamous aviator, Charles Lindbergh touched down on the western end of […]

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Fort Christian Declared a National Registered Landmark ~ 1977

Fort Christian Under Governor Cyril King, Fort Christian became certified as a National Historic Landmark ~ 1977 He officially accepted […]

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Frenchtown, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

How the People of Frenchtown Honor their Heritage

Frenchtown Descendants Many of the ancestors of the small colony of French descendants that occupy the outskirts of Charlotte Amalie […]

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What’s Inside the Mystery Cave at John Brewers Bay ~ 1929

John Brewer’s Bay The cave set high above the Estate of John Brewers Bay on the Western end of St. […]

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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 […]

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Creque's Alley, St. Thomas, USVI

A Haunting Experience Above Creque’s Alley #3 in St. Thomas

Creque’s Alley Number 3 This alley, located in St. Thomas, was said to be haunted during the 1930s. 👻 My […]

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American Red Cross Society in the US Virgin Islands

American Red Cross Volunteers Dedicate 100 Years of Service in the US Virgin Islands

The American Red Cross Society Did you know that the American Red Cross has been working in the Virgin Islands […]

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Happy Thanksgiving Day from the US Virgin Islands.

Happy Thanksgiving from the US Virgin Islands!

Happy Thanksgiving from our family, past, and present. ❤ Thanksgiving for Little Joys 1921 Dear God, from my small world […]

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Armistice Day, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands 1918

How the Virgin Islands Celebrated Armistice Day ~ 1918

Armistice Day “On that grey, November morning when the news flashed around the world that war had ceased, humanity gave […]

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Old Photographs and Music Bring Virgin Islands History to Life

The Virgin Islands in Old Photographs This is a wonderful video posted by Etienne A. Gibbs with old photographs collected […]

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Virgin Isle Hotel, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

The New Virgin Isle Hotel ~ 1950

The Virgin Isle Hotel In 1950, when the Virgin Isle Hotel opened for the first time, it was the talk […]

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Creque's Chevrolet, Creque's Alley, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Creque’s Alley and the Famous Folk Band, The Mamas and the Papas

The History of Creque’s Alley Did you know that Creque’s Alley was named for the Main Street merchant, Henry O. […]

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Ira Smith Painting of Main Street, US Virgin Islands

Why Are The Paintings By Ira Harrington Smith So Popular?

Ira Harrington Smith Have you heard of the artist, Ira Harrington Smith? Ira was a very talented painter whose prized […]

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Trumpetbush Flowers

Can You Name the National Flower of the US Virgin Islands?

 The National Flower of the US Virgin Islands The Yellow Cedar is the National flower of the US Virgin Islands. […]

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Jim Tillet

Take a Peak Into the Wonderful Workshop of Jim Tillet ~ 1961

Jim Tillet Are you familiar with the unique batik prints created by the artist, Jim Tillet? He made one-of-a-kind batik […]

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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 […]

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The Tramway in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Scenic Tramway Cablecars Were A Popular Attraction ~ 1963

The Tramway Cablecars The Tramway was the Caribbean’s biggest attraction when it opened in the 1960s in St. Thomas. This […]

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Tortola Sloop in the Virgin Islands

5 Distinctive Features of a Tortola Sloop ~ 1957

Tortola Sloops Did you know that the true origins for the design of the Tortola Sloop are a mystery? According […]

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Uncle Sam’s New Virgin Islands ~ 1917

Uncle Sam’s New Virgin Islands Rare glimpses into what the new Virgin Islands was like just after being ceded to […]

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St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands postcard

Rum Swizzles, Island Tours and Shopping Top One Visitors List ~ 1967

Visitors have loved the Virgin Islands since they first started arriving on steamers at the turn of the century. Others […]

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Come Back To The Virgin Isles ~ 1957

Come Back to the Virgin Isles Bill La Motta was one of the most talented pianists, organists, composers and arrangers from […]

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Carnival Time in the Virgin Islands

Celebrating Carnival Time in the US Virgin Islands ~ 1978

Carnival Time The first Carnival celebrations in the Virgin Islands were joyous ones! Both were successes in 1912 and 1914 […]

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Interested in the history of St. Thomas under the Danish flag?

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A Military Funeral for a German Marine ~ 1914

Very Fair and Full of Promise is the Island of St. Thomas ~ 1868

Honoring the Anniversary of TRANSFER DAY ~ 1917

New Book! ~ Runaway Virgins by Enrique Corneiro

Newly Discovered Camille Pissarro Painting Up For Auction!

190 Vintage Photographs of the Danish West Indies Up for Auction!

Colorful Coastal Scene of St. Thomas on Auction ~ 1824

Rare View of St. Thomas From Havensight ~ 1809

Visitor Says Danish Islands Not Worth Millions Paid

St. Thomas Temperance Society Extolls the Virtues of Abstaining from Alcohol ~ 1911

Who Owned This Popular Corner Store in St. Thomas?

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

See the Greatest Show on Earth! ~ 1835

Rare Conch Pearls Found! ~ 1906

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, One of the Greatest Living Composers by Alton A. Adams ~ 1910

Pretty Painting up for Auction of the West Indies

The Marriage of Opposites Book by Alice Hoffman

Could This Be Morningstar Beach in St. Thomas?

Strange Fish Caught Off St. Thomas ~ 1857

Amazing Photograph Collection Up For Auction! ~ 1911

The Royal Three Quarters of The Town of Charlotte Amalie

Honoring Hurricane Heroes Past and Present

How Crown House Survived the Hurricane of 1916

Two Treasured Paintings Document a Memorable Moment in Virgin Islands History ~ 1801

Collecting Postcards From The Past

Local Star Gazers Turned out to See a Solar Eclipse ~ 1897

Unveiling the Bust of King Christian IX ~ 1909

Rare Souvenir Booklet Found! ~ 1897

How a Celebrated Fragrance Lasted the Test of Time ~ 1860s

Telegraph Office Postcard ~ 1909

Very Old Photographs of the Virgin Islands

The First Performance of the Adams Juvenile Band ~ 1910

The Yacht, Diablesse Visits St. Thomas ~ 1914

The Quest for Buried Treasure Never Dies!

Ever Wonder What St. Thomas Was Like One Hundred Years Ago? Take This Tour…

How Panama Hats Became So Popular ~ 1913

How Strength and Perseverance Gave Coal Carriers a Memorable Legacy

The Thrills and Dangers of Animal-Driven Carts ~ 1906

How the Coaling Women Persevered ~ 1907

How the 40th Anniversary of King Christian IX’s Reign was Celebrated ~ 1903

Early St. Thomas Panoramas ~ 1850s

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

9 Newspaper Men Are First to Tour the Danish Training Ship, DANMARK ~ 1934

A Famous English Actor Causes Quite a Stir ~ 1903

Celebrating Three King’s Day ~ 1910

Rebuilding a Sunken Sailboat ~ 1916

The Disappearance of the British Sloop, SPIDER During a Hurricane ~ 1916

Peruvian Independence Celebrated ~ 1916

Fire Destroys the St. Thomas Telegraph Office ~ 1909

Honoring the Veteran Postman ~ 1903

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