What was a Harvest Festival and how was it celebrated in St. John? A Harvest Festival was an annual get together that celebrated the success of the harvest grown in a given region. It was a time when families displayed their appreciation for the nourishment crops provided. The week was traditionally honored with Church celebrations and family […]
How Memorial Day was Honored May 30, 1935 Memorial Day was a solemn holiday recognized as a day of remembrance, similar to All Soul’s Day. It was a day to honor those that had passed on, specifically, fallen soldiers who died while serving in the military. Hundreds of Virgin Islanders joined together to participate in the […]
The Island Wedding of the Century! Leah Sasso and Bill Stevens The island of St. Thomas was and still is the most romantic location for a wedding. It was also home to a beautiful, teenaged girl, endowed with musical talents, who would meet her future husband in the classroom of her Catholic high school. Leah […]
Celebrating the First Carnival Festival Here’s an old advertisement for the first carnival festival held in the Danish West Indies now the US Virgin Islands. Boat races, confetti battles, greased pole contests, donkey races and more marked the joyous occasion. Visit the shop!
Carnival Time Carnival time is a festive time in the Virgin islands! Thousands visit the islands to celebrate its history and culture partaking in food fairs, fun festivities, parades, and parties. This vintage postcard captured a fun moment during the parade in 1958. It had only been six years since Carnival became an annual celebration, […]
August Monday Festival August Monday–a holiday set aside in remembrance of Emancipation was celebrated in gala style in the year 1929. The following account was found in the old newspapers and has been reprinted below to help keep the island’s history alive. The Celebration “The committee in charge of the day’s celebration left nothing undone to provide […]
Discovering a Clue to this Postcard’s Identity Unbeknownst to me, this postcard image held one important clue to its date and occasion.🔎 I’ve been trying to identify it for a long time until a friend from St. John, spotted the schooner, Viking anchored in the background. With this information, I was able to find the […]
Fort Christian Under Governor Cyril King, Fort Christian became certified as a National Historic Landmark ~ 1977 He officially accepted a certificate and bronze plaque from the Department of the Interior formally designating the 300-year-old fort in St. Thomas a historic landmark. This drawing by the artist, Carlos Jeffs is available on eBay. To read […]