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US Virgin Islands History

Vintage St. Croix Photographs ~ 1963

St. Croix Photographs        

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Honoring Transfer Day in the Danish West Indies, later the US Virgin Islands ~ 1917 By Valerie Sims

Honoring the Anniversary of TRANSFER DAY ~ 1917

Today marks the 102nd anniversary of the transfer of the Danish West Indies to the United States of America. Fearing Germany’s advances on […]

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Caneel Bay Dock, St. John, US Virgin Islands

M/V Kungsholm, The First Ocean Liner to Visit St. John ~ 1958

The Swedish American liner, M/V Kungsholm, looked like one of the largest ships in the world when it was anchored in tiny […]

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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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View above St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

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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Who Was David Hamilton Jackson?

  D. Hamilton Jackson D. Hamilton Jackson was an important figure in the struggle for increased civil rights and worker’s rights in […]

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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?

 Can you name the national flower of the USVI? It’s the Yellow Cedar! Sometimes it’s called Ginger Thomas, but its […]

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Jim Tillet

Take a Peek 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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St. John July 4th parade in the US Virgin Islands

Celebrating July 4th St. John Style ~ 1979

St. John July 4th Celebrations Do you plan to celebrate the Fourth of July on St. John? If so, I […]

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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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women kb.dk, Our New Virgin Islands

What Uncle Sam’s New Virgin Islands Are Like ~ 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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Cinnamon Bay by Fritz Melbye painting

Cultural Adaptation & Resistance on St. John Book by Karen Fog Olwig

Here’s an interesting book about the history of St. John that I’m planning on reading this summer. Below you’ll find […]

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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 the Danish West Indies?

Here are a few stories ...

How All Saints Church Celebrated the Crucifiction on Good Friday ~ 1904

10 Antique Views of the Virgin Islands Available for Sale

Close Call for 2 St. John Fishermen When Their Boat Capsized ~ 1908

5 Working Conditions for Agricultural Laborers from the British West Indies in St. Croix ~ 1864

Pass It On, An Inspirational Poem ~ 1913

How St. Thomas Became Known as a City of Music and Laughter ~ 1892

What Drinking Does, Its Effects Upon Society, Business, Politics, and Religion ~ 1916

Transfer Day, An Engaging Historical Thriller by Sophie Schiller

The Earliest Known Telephone Subscribers in St. Thomas ~ 1909

Valkyrien’s Band Marches Through Frederiksted ~ 1916

A Lecture by Adolph Sixto at the Apollo Theatre, After the War, What? ~ 1915

St. Thomas, One of the Most Beautiful Spots in the World ~ 1905

13 Regulations for the Teachers of the Public Schools in St. Croix ~ 1900s

Africa Arise, An Inspirational Poem by Charles A. Emanuel ~ 1912

11 Different Uses for St. Johns Bay Rum ~ 1917

The Loss of the Anegada Sloop, FIDDLER ~ 1906

High School Reunion Sparks Appreciaton for Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and School

A Rare Photograph of the First Carnival Festival in the Danish West Indies ~ 1912

Over 230 Books Recommended by the Nisky Sunday School in St. Thomas ~ 1912

J.H. Fechtenburg Offers the Best Prices on Wines, Whiskies and Liqueurs ~ 1912

16 Rules and Instructions for Midwives in St. Croix ~ 1884

Where Denmark’s Son’s are Sleeping, A Peom by C.M. Conrad ~ 1922

St. Thomas Lager Beer, The Most Suitable Beer for the Tropical Climate ~ 1910

The St. Thomas Census ~ 1901

How Whit Monday was Celebrated in St. John ~ 1906

The New St. Thomas Cricket Team Wins the Match! ~ 1895

A Military Funeral for a German Marine ~ 1914

Peter H. Thurland, A Jeweler of Distinction Passes Away ~ 1913

The Loss of Little Asta Lawaetz ~ 1915

13 Sunday School Scriptures to Know ~ 1914

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

Honoring the Anniversary of TRANSFER DAY ~ 1917

A Historical Account of the Slave Insurrection on St. John ~ 1733

New Book! ~ Runaway Virgins by Enrique Corneiro

Who Was David Hamilton Jackson?

My Emancipated Ancestors by Dr. Dante Beretta

Amazing Harbor Painting of St. Thomas by Carl Ludwig Bille Up For Auction ~ 1868

Newly Discovered Camille Pissarro Painting Up For Auction!

Cultural Adaptation & Resistance on St. John Book by Karen Fog Olwig

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 ~ 1920s

Rare Document Collection Up For Sale From Estate Concordia on St. Croix

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

Who Owned This Popular Corner Store in St. Thomas?

A Romantic History of St. Croix Book by Florence Lewisoln

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

See the Greatest Show on Earth! ~ 1835

Through The Sands of Time Book by Judah M. Cohen

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