It is a slow process, but more and more nationals of the twin-island state have been yearning to learn more about their own people, rather than what they were taught in school with an accent on the triumphs of white Europeans, but very little on the contributions of black West Indians and natives of this country, that was the first to be colonized by both the French and English in the Caribbean.
One of the leading forces that have tried to place the spotlight where it ought to be has been the Nevis Historical & Conservation Society, (NHCS).
The NHCS is now in the midst of its Seventh Annual History and Heritage Week, which continues this week, with presentations by two outstanding authors.
The theme this year is: “Celebrating the Contribution of Our Everyday Heroes and Heroines to Our History and Heritage”. This year, the organization is celebrating the life story of two of our local Nevisian heroes.
On Wednesday, 15th and Thursday 16th February, the NHCS will host what it calls, “Author’s Night”, celebrating local heroes.
The presentations are also designed to demonstrate how the contributions of the country’s everyday heroes and heroines, have helped to impact heritage Tourism.
The first presentation will be made by author, Mr. Washington Archibald, speaking on the book, The Legacy of Dr. Simeon Daniel, the First Premier of Nevis.
On Thursday, Mr. Oswald Tyson will speak about his book: Ozzie’s Odyssey, My Life before & after the MV CHRISTINA went down.
Both sessions will be hosted at the Red Cross Building, Chapel Street starting at 5:00pm.
A statement from the NHCS said they are hoping that many residents will attend the author presentations. “Through this week of activities, we seek to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the history and diverse heritage of Nevis among citizens and visitors, thereby cultivating a stronger sense of national identity and personal pride. We look forward to seeing you, “said the statement.