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  • This Day in History – National Arbor Day

    By BMHS on September 22, 2015
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    [This Day in History – September 22] National Arbor Day National Arbor Day is observed as a day which publicly encourages the cultivation and preservation of trees. In Barbados, Arbor Day is celebrated on September 22 – the anniversary of Hurricane Janet – presumably because of the number of trees that were felled across the island during that disaster and […]
  • This Day in History – Birth of the Rt. Excellent Sir Frank Walcott

    By BMHS on September 16, 2015
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    [This Day in History – September 16]   Birth of the Rt. Excellent Sir Frank Walcott   On September 16, 1916, The Rt. Excellent Sir Frank Leslie Walcott was born in the northern parish of St. Peter.  Sir Frank was educated at Wesley Hall Boys’ School, where he came came under the tutelage of Augustus Rawle Parkinson, the famous educator. […]
  • This Day in History -The Cornwallis torpedoed in Carlisle Bay

    By BMHS on September 10, 2015
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    [This Day in History – September 11]   The Cornwallis torpedoed in Carlisle Bay 73 years ago today, Friday, September 11, 1942, World War II came to Barbados’ shores quite literally. On this day U-boat 514 under the command of Kapitänlieutenant (Lieut. Commander) Hans Jurgen Auffermann launched an attack on two ships at anchor in Carlisle Bay; the Norwegian vessel […]
  • This Day in History – July 1, 1844

    By BMHS on June 30, 2015
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    [This Day in History – July 1] Opening of the Barbados General Hospital The Barbados General Hospital was opened on July 1, 1844 for the “convenience of patients.”  The idea for a hospital to serve “the indigent sick of all denominations” had been mooted in 1836 in anticipation of the need to provide medical services to thousands of newly emancipated […]
  • [This Day in History – June 25]

    By BMHS on June 27, 2015
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    [This Day in History – June 25] The Inscription of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison   On June 25, 2011 Historic Bridgetown and Its Garrison was inscribed as a World Heritage site. Essentially the inscription signaled to the world that this Barbadian landmark possessed cultural heritage of Outstanding Universal Value, the overarching term which is applied to all UNESCO World […]
  • HISTORY GROUP – The Barbados Landship

    By BMHS on April 24, 2015
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    Dr Edith (Nancy) Fergusson -Jacobs is a specialist in African Arts and Culture and introduced courses in African Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill and in the Caribbean Cultures at the Community colleges of both Barbados and Grenada. Her interest in the origins of the Barbados Landship started nearly twenty years ago, as a student of […]
  • Easter Traditions – Oistins Fish Festival

    By BMHS on April 6, 2015
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    [Easter in Barbados] Easter Traditions OISTINS FISH FESTIVAL Contributed by Charles Harding Since its inception in 1977, the Oistins Fish Festival has become a staple on the Barbadian Easter calendar. Founded by the late Sir Harold St. John, a former Prime Minister and parliamentary representative for Christ Church South, the Oistins Fish Festival was aimed at maintaining, if not accelerating […]
  • Easter Traditions in Barbados

    By BMHS on April 3, 2015
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    Easter is considered by many Christians to be the holiest day on the Christian calendar, surpassing Christmas in its importance and meaning. In Barbados, Easter traditions have changed markedly over the past few decades, steadily shifting from practices grounded in Christian belief to those which are increasingly secular. In Barbados of the past, Good Friday was viewed as a very […]
  • This Day in History – October 23

    By BMHS on October 23, 2014
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    This Day in History – October 23 On this day in 1970 HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales opened the National Stadium at Waterford, St. Michael.  The journey to this point started on May 5, 1966 when the Barbados National Stadium Corporation was established by Act of Parliament, with a clear objective to provide a stadium adequate for the development […]
  • GREAT THOUGHTS NEVER DIE: GEOFFREY HOLDER, 1930-2014

    By BMHS on October 17, 2014
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    GREAT THOUGHTS NEVER DIE: GEOFFREY HOLDER, 1930-2014 “One day, I sneaked off with some of Boscoe’s precious oil paints…and spent the day in a frenzy of energy. When I returned home, I took all of Boscoe’s paintings down off the walls and put mine up instead. When he came home and discovered his paintings were missing, he severely chastised me, […]

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