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The Carnival King and Queen of the US Virgin Islands ~ 1957

Meet the New Carnival King and Queen ~ 1957

Carnival may be a fond memory now, but seeing vintage photographs of past Carnival Kings and Queens is still very […]

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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 […]

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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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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

  Dedicating the Roosevelt Memorial Park Years ago, the Coconut Grove Park was the location of many agricultural fairs, celebrations […]

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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

Did you know that the first Carnival in the history of the Virgin Islands was celebrated in 1912? Donkey races, costumed […]

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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...

Pass It On, An Inspirational Poem by Reverend Henry Burton ~ 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

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

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

11 Different Uses for St. Johns Bay Rum ~ 1917

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

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

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

A Military Funeral for a German Marine ~ 1914

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

New Book! ~ Runaway Virgins by Enrique Corneiro

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

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 ~ 1920s

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


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