The Caribbean Genealogy Library has a virtual event coming up on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 2:00 PM AST. The virtual event will highlight the library’s St. Thomas Graphics Collection. The presentation entitled “St. Thomas Graphics: Documenting Community” is given by researcher Susan Laura Lugo.
“St. Thomas Graphics: Documenting Community” will feature the rich collection of print material and records in the Caribbean Genealogy Library’s St. Thomas Graphics Collection. The collection’s print materials include a wide array of funeral booklets, business publications, event program booklets, government reports, maps, posters, brochures, marketing material, and forms from the late 20th century. Records include original photographs, typeset layouts, proof copies, original artwork, correspondence, and transactional files. These resources uniquely support both family history documentation and research for local history, education, and scholarship.
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The presentation given by researcher Susan Laura Lugo, with special appearances by Karl Callwood, Annice Canton, Glen “Kwabena” Davis, Cathy O’Gara, and former Governor Charles W. Turnbull, Ph.D.
The May 1st event will be the official public launch of the Community Foundation/NEH grant-funded project to digitize portions of the collection for online viewing. Grant project funding also supported the development of online finding aids to enable researchers to use the St. Thomas Graphics Collection materials more efficiently. Digitized images and finding aids for the St. Thomas Graphics Collection will be introduced and demonstrated throughout the presentation.
More about the Presentation
With a nod to family history, the presentation will feature Richard and Judy Pitzl whose personal family narrative fortuitously led them from Wisconsin to the Virgin Islands in the 1970s. There they established St. Thomas Graphics and set out to meet the growing print needs of their island home. Over the next thirty-plus years, The Pitzl Family business documented all aspects of the community it served. Today, the prodigious work product of St. Thomas Graphics still bears witness to those years and will forever benefit generations of Virgin Islands researchers. The Pitzl family donated the materials to the Caribbean Genealogy Library in 2008.
Presenter Susan Lugo will also highlight the significance of the printing industry, both in the Caribbean and the U.S. Virgin Islands, in documenting and preserving history and culture for research. Administrative records, leaflets, almanacs, newspapers, government documents, printing processes and innovations, and the socio-political environments in which they were created, distributed, and sometimes valued, all influence the survival of local history resources that still exist in research collections like St. Thomas Graphics.