“St. Thomas & St. John Historic Photos 1855-1917” at Caribbean Genealogy Library April 8th

(Official Release) Authors Anne Walbom and Elizabeth Rezende will be at the Caribbean Genealogy Library on Saturday April 8th from 1pm to 3:30pm for a book presentation and signing of St. Thomas & St. John Historic Photos 1855-1917. They will discuss why they did the project, how long it took, where they sourced the images, choose interesting images to discuss in more detail, and talk about the photographers of the images.

Through a wonderful collection of pictures with descriptions the book, “St. Thomas & St. John Historic Photos” tells the story of the two islands from 1855 to the sale of the Danish West Indies to the United States in 1917. The book revolves partly around the societal developments, like the harbor industry of Charlotte Amalie, trade and commerce, and the growth of tourism. And it also covers cultural and everyday aspects of life on St. Thomas and St. John.

This book is a treasure for anyone that knows the Virgin Islands whether as a current resident or former resident, as someone with ties to the island, or as a frequent visitor. It was done with respect for the historical importance of the photos, and with effort to convey the story of the islands history through the selected images.

It is written both in English and Danish, and documents in an exciting and relevant way a forgotten part of history. The numerous photos, many which have never been published before, bring the reader back in time, but one can clearly recognize St. Thomas and St. John of today.

The book is Hard Cover. 141 Pages. Black and White Photos (Historic Images). It is $55 a copy, and will be available at this event for purchase and signing by the authors.

About the authors: Elizabeth Rezende, a St. Croix resident, is an anthropologist specializing in Caribbean History. Anne Walbom for many years has been a Danish West Indian expert and is the president of the Danish West Indian Society.

This is a free event presented at the Caribbean Genealogy Library. The Caribbean Genealogy Library is located in Al Cohen’s Plaza, Raphune Hill, St. Thomas. It is in the same building at the Paint Depot, on the 2nd floor, right next to the Mango Tango Art Gallery.

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