Stephen Alexander has received another unanimous vote of confidence from the Carriacou Historical Society to remain at the helm for at least another year.
Alexander was re-elected to the post at the society’s Annual General Meeting last week Thursday at its conference room on Paterson Street.
Re-elected first vice President was Patricia Hollingsworth while Cosnel Baptiste remained the second Vice President. Secretary is Maria Hamlet with Sharlene Cornileus as her assistant. Patricia John and Cassandra Peters are Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer respectively.
The Board of Directors comprises of Hilda Stiell, Ronald Gittens, Randy Cornelius, Theo Jerome Junior McNeil and Luther Renee.
Delivering his speech, Mr Alexander pointed to the enormous financial challenges which the society has been plagued with in recent years. However he gave the assurance that the facility is too important an institution to even consider closing its doors.
He said that the founding fathers of the society’s vision was to preserve the Amerindian, African and European artefacts for future generations and for the current holders of office is imperative for them to ensure that the baton is passed to the next generation successful as it was done to them.
“It is clear that the founding fathers had more than just the running of a museum and archiving of artefacts in mind” said Alexander.
“They would have expected that after 39 years the society would be a significant leader in the preservation of tangible and intangible tradition and would have some influence in community life in Carriacou and Petite Martinique” added the re-elected president.
Delivering the feature address, Minister of Culture Senator Brenda Hood said it is only when young people are taught the true values of the Historical Society and their heritage can there be longevity and sustainability.
Embracing the theme “Preserving the Heritage of Carriacou” the minister said that aspects of the island’s heritage such as, Shakespeare mas, Big Drum, Tombstone feast, Quadrille dance, Parang and sites must be properly documented to serve as future references of the traditional legacy of Carriacou and Petite Martinique for tomorrow’s flag bearers.
Minister Hood then threw out a challenge to the executive members on the way forward by suggesting that they conduct an inventory of all heritage artefacts and sites on the island ; keeping the registry in a safe place where it can be accessed by visitors and native students. “People who can afford a copy should be made to pay for it in order to raise revenue” said the Culture Minister.
She is also suggesting photographic displays of heritage sites at events as a showcase for visitors and locals. The female minister recommends that the current artefacts should be on display “and not sitting in a box”.
Also addressing the Annual General Meeting was Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Hon Elvin Nimrod who
prior to his presentation had inspected the artefacts on the first floor of the Historical Society building, as a further underpinning of the celebration of Heritage Month.