Deputy Prime Minister, Honourable Shawn Richards, serves as the Federal Minister of Education in St. Kitts and Nevis

By S. Williams

The month of February heralded in the start of celebrations for History and Heritage Month in the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis.

Speaking at the launch in St. Kitts on Feb. 1, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Honourable Shawn Richards said History and Heritage Month is a time for reflection, promotion, preservation and sustaining the island’s history and heritage. Premier of Nevis the Hon. Vance Amory also addressed the occasion in Nevis.

“During the month of February, the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society in collaboration with the Brimestone Hill Fortress National Park Society and the St. Christopher National Trust, will be hosting History and Heritage Month as they have done since 2006.The theme for this year’s celebration is: “Statehood: A Milestone to Freedom” This theme is quite timely and appropriate as this year marks the 50th Anniversary of our Statehood,” Premier Amory stated.

He also noted that the struggle for political freedom was protracted and arduous and urged citizens never to take freedom for granted.

“There is an old Chinese proverb which states, when drinking water remember its source. This proverb illustrates an important principle – we should all show gratitude. We must always be thankful and never take for granted our treasured gift of freedom. Our freedom is precious and rare and was not easily gained,” he said.

The activities planned for St. Kitts will include the Launch on Feb. 1, a Church Service on the Feb. 4, a History and Heritage Trail on Feb. 23, a lecture on Statehood by Charles Wilkin QC to be held at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus followed by a prize giving for participants in the High School Essay Writing Competition.

A Cultural Fair is also planned for the Feb. 23 or 24 and on Feb. 26 there will be a Senior Citizens Social Event at Matheson House. A panel discussion on Statehood will be held on Sunday, Feb. 26. The final event will be the Primary Schools Quiz Finals on March 2.

The activities planned for the month on Nevis kicked off with an address by Premier of Nevis on the 1st

, a church service on the Feb. 5 and an exhibition depicting St. Kitts and Nevis’ Statehood Exhibition at the Nelson Museum opened to the general public from Feb. 8..

There will be an essay contest on the topic “History Matters”, a Radio Quiz for Primary schools from February 6 to 10 and for adults from Feb. 20 to 24. On Feb. 21 will be the History and Heritage Lecture Series 2017. Charles Wilkin QC will be the featured speaker. Heritage Wear Day will be held island wide on Feb. 24 and for this event employees are urged to allow their workers to come to work clad in the national wear. The final event for the observance of History and Heritage Month 2017 on Nevis is an Evening with the Arts to be held on March 5.