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US Virgin Islands History

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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The Little Sloop, SORA Sails to the US Virgin Islands ~ 1942

The Sloop, Sora This little yacht arrived at the Creque Marine Railway for cleaning and painting in 1942. She was […]

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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, 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?

 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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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

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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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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Interested in the history of the Danish West Indies?

Here are a few stories ...

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

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

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

10 Books David Hamilton Jackson Recommended You Read ~ 1916

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

Saint Croix 1770 – 1776 book by Robert Amandus Johnson

Danish West Indies Satirical Lithograph for Sale ~ 1901

The Marriage of Opposites Book by Alice Hoffman

Fireburn Book by Apple Gidley

Could This Be Morningstar Beach in St. Thomas?

Strange Fish Caught Off St. Thomas ~ 1857

Christopher Columbus Visits the Virgin Islands ~ 1493

Amazing Photograph Collection Up For Auction! ~ 1911

The Royal Three Quarters of The Town of Charlotte Amalie

Happy David Hamilton Jackson Day!

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

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