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TRACING TRINIDAD'S LOST RAILWAY HERITAGE

TRACING TRINIDAD'S LOST RAILWAY HERITAGE

  • 12/21/2021 8:09:00 AM
TRACING TRINIDAD'S LOST RAILWAY HERITAGE   Trinidad said farewell to its passenger train service on December 28, 1968. On that day, Engine #42 steamed into the Port of Spain Railway station (known today as City Gate / Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) headquarters) at approximately 7:05pm from San Juan for the very last time. This event signaled the end to 92 years of passenger service provided by the Trinidad Government Railway (TGR). Most of those final passenger...
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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO'S HERBS AND SPICES

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO'S HERBS AND SPICES

  • 12/21/2021 7:26:00 AM
According to the Oxford Dictionary, “a herb is any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavouring, food, medicine, or perfume”. They also define a spice as “an aromatic or pungent vegetable substance used to flavour food”. In Trinidad and Tobago’s Herbs and Spices, we will be examining the herbs and spices that are commonly used in local households to “season” food, or are used in traditional “bush” medicine.
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HOUSING FAMILY HEIRLOOMS

HOUSING FAMILY HEIRLOOMS

  • 11/30/2021 8:18:00 AM
It is amazing the stories and wisdom we can discover in our family’s treasured books, documents and photographs. Passing these objects down from one generation to another is essential to mapping our family histories. The steps we take to care for our family heirlooms is key to their preservation. This article is part of a series by the Preservation and Conservation Laboratory, Heritage Library Division, to provide guidelines on preserving family heirlooms.   What Does “Hou...
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TOOLS OF THE TRADE – PART 1

TOOLS OF THE TRADE – PART 1

  • 11/30/2021 7:38:00 AM
The work of the Preservation and Conservation Laboratory ranges from bookbinding and treatment to environmental control and monitoring to outreach and education. Whether big or small, specialised devices and equipment are needed for many of our jobs or tasks. The right tools are the backbone of completing our mission of preserving and conserving our nation's history. This series begins with a behind-the-scenes look at the tools used in the Preservation and Conservation Laboratory. Docu...
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REMEMBRANCE DAY: PHILLIP LOUIS ULRIC CROSS

  • 11/24/2021 10:22:00 AM
In Trinidad and Tobago, November is the month of remembrance.  During this month we remember those who have gone before us with the Christian celebration of All Saints and All Souls.  Additionally, we celebrate Remembrance Day (also called Poppy Day), in which we remember those service men and women who have fallen in combat, particularly during World Wars I and II.  This November 2021,  let us remember Phillip Louis Ulric Cross, World War II hero, lawyer, international jurist, Attorney Gener...
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EXPLORING HISTORICAL RESOURCES ON TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: A HISTORY OF MODERN TRINIDAD 1783-1962

  • 11/22/2021 10:31:00 AM
NALIS, through the Heritage Library Division,  seeks to maintain, develop and make easily accessible to members of the public, resources with an emphasis on Trinidad and Tobago, and the Caribbean.   This series shines a spotlight on resources that illuminate that history.  These resources are located at the Heritage Library Division and are available for use by NALIS patrons and the public.
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EXPLORING HISTORICAL RESOURCES ON TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: SPANISH TRINIDAD

  • 11/22/2021 9:47:00 AM
NALIS, through the Heritage Library Division, seeks to maintain, develop and make easily accessible to members of the public, resources with an emphasis on Trinidad and Tobago, and the Caribbean.   This series shines a spotlight on resources that illuminate that history.  These resources are located at the Heritage Library Division, and are available for use by NALIS patrons and the public.
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HANDLING FAMILY HEIRLOOMS

HANDLING FAMILY HEIRLOOMS

  • 10/20/2021 10:23:00 AM
Each family is as unique as the stories and heirlooms passed down from one generation to another. You may be surprised by how much you learn about your family’s history when you explore your treasured books, documents, certificates and photographs. Caring for these objects is a key part of ensuring the preservation of our family history. This article is the first in a series by the Preservation and Conservation Laboratory, Heritage Library Division, which will provide guidelines on preserv...
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SEVEN TIPS FOR RECORDING YOUR FAMILY'S ORAL HISTORY

SEVEN TIPS FOR RECORDING YOUR FAMILY'S ORAL HISTORY

  • 9/29/2021 7:39:00 AM
October 1st is designated the “International Day of Older Persons” by the United Nations. On this day of observance, raising awareness and actions to address the development, rights, and protection of the elderly form part of the global discussions. It is a day to acknowledge the dedication and contributions of older persons to their families and their communities. The actions and accomplishments of our older relatives form the foundation of our family’s traditions and culture....
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THE COCONUT INDUSTRY AND ITS USAGE ASPECTS - TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

THE COCONUT INDUSTRY AND ITS USAGE ASPECTS - TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

  • 7/23/2021 10:55:00 AM
Photo credit Heritage Library Division, Winer Collection   Authored by: Anna Richardson-Thomas   Coconut is known by different names, the Coco, Cocos nucifera, coconut palm and the Coconut tree.  Its fruit is also known as the coconut. In Trinidad, deliberate cultivation is said to have started in Mayaro by Phillipe Alphonse. Mr. Alphonse made a decision “every week-end” to “ride through Mayaro trace and plant coconuts” (Anthony 170). Today t...
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