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St. Thomas History

Honoring Police Week in the US Virgin Islands

Police Week Honored in the Virgin Islands

In honor of #PoliceWeek, I’m sharing some old photographs taken when our grandfather was the Commissioner of Public Safety ~ […]

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How Greek Mythology influenced our ancestor's passions ~ 1918

How Greek Mythology Influenced Our Ancestor’s Passions ~ 1918

Family Heirlooms Have you ever wondered about the history behind your family’s heirlooms? I was always an inquisitive child, constantly questioning […]

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Vintage View of Main Street, St. Thomas, Danish West Indies ~ 1922

Vintage View of Main Street ~ 1922

Here’s a vintage view of Main Street, St. Thomas ~ 1922. This image was taken the same year the USS […]

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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 […]

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Scenic view of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1936

Panoramic View of St. Thomas ~ 1936

Scenic view of St. Thomas taken in 1936 📷 Around this time, Secretary Harold L. Ickes was visiting the islands, […]

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On Aug 6, 1977, a new world record Blue Marlin was caught off St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. By Valerie Sims

How A World Record Blue Marlin Was Caught ~ 1977

Blue marlin tournaments became very popular in St. Thomas after John Battles set an all-tackle world record in 1964.   He […]

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First Virgin Islands Library

The First Public Library Opens ~ 1920

For generations, many citizens longed for a public library in the Virgin Islands! With the generous help of the Red […]

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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 […]

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Happy Thanksgiving Day from the US Virgin Islands.

Happy Thanksgiving from the US Virgin Islands!

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German cruiser, KARLSRUHE visits St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1932 By Valerie Sims

Thrilling Experience Touring A German Cruiser ~ 1932

The Karlsruhe was launched in 1927 and carried 635 men including 30 officers. Photo Source: U.S. Naval History & Heritage […]

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Celebrating July 4th in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands in the 1930s

Celebrating July 4th ~ 1930s

July 4th is the most significant day in the history of America!🇺🇸 Colonists from thirteen states, having outlined their list of grievances […]

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Honoring Memorial Day in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Memorial Day Honored ~ 1935

Memorial Day Memorial Day was a solemn holiday recognized in the US Virgin Islands as a day of remembrance. Similar […]

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark visits the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A Visit by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark ~ 1976

Queen Margrethe II Queen Margrethe II and her family’s visit to the islands was a monumental event for many! I […]

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Marlene and Diane walker

What College Friends Believed About the US Virgin Islands ~ 1950s

  Off To College In 1953, our mother and her sister graduated from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic High School. […]

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Dedicating the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in the US Virgin Islands ~ 1945 By Valerie Sims

Dedicating the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Park ~ 1945

 Hundreds of citizens gathered at the Roosevelt Memorial Park to celebrate I am an American Day.  The date was May 20, 1945. A […]

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Sisters of Charity honor anniversary of Redemptorist fathers in the US Virgin Islands ~ 1958 By Valerie Sims

How the Catholic Community Celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Order of the Redemptorists’ Fathers ~ 1858-1958

From Rt to Lt, Sister Cecelia (Kindergarten teacher, Sister Maria Rose, 1st-grade teacher, Sister Anita Agnes. Far left is Sister […]

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First revival majorettes

First Carnival Majorette Group! ~ 1952

The first Carnival in the history of the Virgin Islands was celebrated in 1912! Donkey races, costumed riders, boat races, and […]

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Irma II of the Virgin Islands

Find Your Family on this 1918 Passenger List!

During the early twentieth century, sailing vessels were the lifelines for island residents.   Below are the stories of some of them and their […]

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Clara Livingston

How One Woman Opened the Doorway for Commercial Flights to the US Virgin Islands ~ 1930s

At a time when women became teachers, nurses, and housewives, Clara Livingston became an aviatrix! ✈ As a young girl, Clara fell […]

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St. Thomas, Danish West Indies, Victoria Louise, ocean liner, By Valerie Sims, 1912, Tourists visit St. Thomas, historic photograph of Victoria Louise, Charlotte Amalie

The 3 Most Captivating Qualities About St. Thomas ~ 1912

St. Thomas, with its beautiful, commodious harbour and strategic position in the Caribbean, has attracted visitors for hundreds of years! In March […]

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Leon A. Mawson

Leon A. Mawson Remembers Civil Rights Leader, Rothschild Francis ~ 1930s

In 1987, Leon A. Mawson published his first book, Persecuted and Prosecuted.   It was about the life of the Civil Rights leader, Rothschild […]

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Piano baby

How a Small, Ceramic Ornament Brought Back Memories of Childhood ~ 1930s

Have you ever encountered an object from your childhood that you haven’t seen in years, and all of a sudden, […]

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Rifle club in Virgin Islands

The Formation of the St. Thomas Rifle Club ~ 1935

Rifle Club Besides classic cars, the men in our family loved target practice!  Leon A. Mawson, Henry O. Creque, and Dante de Lagarde […]

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Elsie Baker performs in the US Virgin Islands ~ 1932. By Valerie Sims

ELSIE BAKER Performs! ~ 1932

In the 1930s, famous celebrities were invited to the islands by the first civilian Governor, Dr. Paul M. Pearson. He […]

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

Here are a few stories...

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

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 ~ 1905

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

GRUNDLOV Constitution Celebrated! ~ 1914

Taking the Last Danish Census ~ 1911

Discovering One of the Earliest Stories by J. Antonio Jarvis

Honoring the Anniversary of TRANSFER DAY ~ 1917

How a New Name for the Danish West Indies was Chosen ~ 1917

How a Heartfelt Letter Written 100 Years Ago Still Has Meaning ~ 1902

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