By Jaedee Caines
The Nevis Historical and Conservation Society (N.H.C.S) held a press conference at the Museum of Nevis History last Monday. The conference highlighted some of the past accomplishments of the organization as well as the organization’s future plans.
David Robinson; Longest Serving Executive Director, Sheila Evelyn; President, John Guilbert; present Executive Director and Arthur Evelyn; Founding Member of the NHCS made up Monday’s panel and addressed the many questions and queries.
Members of the press as well as chairperson of the 25th Anniversary, Lornette Hanley attended the conference.
The society was established in 1980 and is geared towards conserving the natural, cultural and historic ambiance of Nevis. This is done through their collection of artifacts and archival materials. The society has in excess of 500 members. A 15 member board however, makes the budgetary decisions and sets the organization’s guidelines.
The NHCS mentioned its many accomplishments and achievements, particularly the establishment of Nevis’ two museums; The Museum of Nevis History and The Horatio Nelson Museum. The society co-operates with many governmental organizations and units to both protect and enrich Nevisian life.
The activities for the 25th Anniversary celebration which takes place next month include a Church Service at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Treasure Hunt entitled ‘Heritage Treasure Trail’, a Cultural Ceremony featuring Alan Lomax’s Collection of Caribbean Music Recordings of 1962, specific to the federation, Museum Exhibitions and a Reception; honouring the board’s long standing members.
The NHCS continues its quest towards preserving the heritage of Nevis and advise that it plans on developing into a National Trust.
President Evelyn encouraged the public to participate in the activities to mark the anniversary celebration.