By Monique Washington
The Nevis Historic and Conservation Society received a new document scanner as a donation by Nevisian Ambassador Dr. Everson Hull St. Kitts and Nevis representative to the Organization of the American States (OAS).
In a brief presentation ceremony on Monday, held at the Nelson Museum at Bath Plains, Hull and his wife gave an Epson digital scanner to the Nevis Historic and Conservation Society.
Hull explained that during a trip to the Hamilton College in New York he saw the scanner at work and noted how important it was in archiving and preserving Nevis historical documents.
“It is very important in terms of archiving and preserving our very rich history,” Hull explained. “This is especially true with Alexander Hamilton. Americans are becoming very interested in Alexander Hamilton’s history. The scanner will be great to digitalize manuscripts.”
Hull said a number of historical displays and even mini-plays would be popular in the future to encourage tourists to visit the island. He predicted with the current interest in history and Alexander Hamilton, such exhibits would boost tourism.
Carl WilliamsPermanent Secretary of Tourism thanked Hull for his contributing the printer to the society.
“We are very pleased with Dr. Hull’s gesture,” Williams said.He thanked0 Dr. Hull for his commitment and support.
“One of the mandatesfor NHCS is to research and document the history of the island andarchive this information,” Williams explained. “This piece of equipment is very important to their work.
The Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Ministry,Wakely Daniel, was also grateful for the contribution.
Devon Liburd, NHCS president said the scanner would be a very useful piece of equipment.
“It is important to store delicate and important documents in the archives so futuregenerations will have the ability to research and use historical information,” Liburd explained. “It is important for us to make sure that what we have is stored in its natural form. The archives here at Nelson Museum are important historical artifacts and documents that are stored at the museum so they will be availableto the general public for their research.”
Gail Dore, ActingNHCS Curator of Archives and Collections told the Observer on Monday they had documents dating back as far as 1723. She noted theirprevious scanner was too small to scan some of their records.
“Now we will be able to copy larger documents so that when people come to do research we can use those scanned documents instead of the original that are very fragile,” she said.