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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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THE COCOA INDUSTRY - TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COCOA (CACAO)

THE COCOA INDUSTRY - TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COCOA (CACAO)

  • 7/23/2021 10:39:00 AM
Photo credit Heritage Library Division, Winer Collection Authored by: Anna Richardson-Thomas & Shaquille Rowley Cacao, often referred to as Cocoa, comes from the Cacao tree (Theobroma cacao). Cocoa crop is a seasonal crop. “The word cacao is used for the tree and the plants, and the word Cocoa for the dried beans and products of manufacture.” (Bekele 2). The first variety of cacao was planted in Trinidad by Spaniards in 1525 and was known as the Criollo. The cultivation ...
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LUTALO MAKOSSA MASIMBA - BROTHER RESISTANCE

LUTALO MAKOSSA MASIMBA - BROTHER RESISTANCE

  • 7/23/2021 10:34:00 AM
Lutalo Makossa Masimba, better known as Brother Resistance, was a pioneer of Rapso music. Born Roy Lewis in East Dry River, Port of Spain in 1954, Brother Resistance helped create Rapso, a style of poetry mixed with calypso. His songs Blow Away and Get Off The Radio are among some of the first songs recorded in the genre.   Rapso can trace its roots to the ancient African Griot tradition. This style of poetry came from the streets and incorporates Shango, Kaiso, Midnight Robber talk a...
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ARTHUR NAPOLEON RAYMOND ROBINSON - THE LEGACY OF A PIONEER AND VISIONARY LEADER

ARTHUR NAPOLEON RAYMOND ROBINSON - THE LEGACY OF A PIONEER AND VISIONARY LEADER

  • 7/6/2021 9:23:00 AM
On the 9th of April 2014, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago mourned the loss of former president and politician Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson who died at the age of eighty-seven (87).  Despite humble beginnings in Tobago, ANR Robinson impacted Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and the international community with his exceptional leadership and significant contributions to development and human rights.   After attending Castara Methodist School (Tobago), the 1939 Bowles scho...
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THE MAN BEHIND KNOLLYS TUNNEL - SIR CLEMENT COURTENAY KNOLLYS, K.C.M.G. 1849-1905

THE MAN BEHIND KNOLLYS TUNNEL - SIR CLEMENT COURTENAY KNOLLYS, K.C.M.G. 1849-1905

  • 6/29/2021 1:48:00 AM
Image Courtesy: Besson, Gérard. The Angostura Historical Digest of Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad and Tobago, W.I., Cascade: Paria Publishing Company Limited, 2001. p. 305.       Hidden in the picturesque village of Tabaquite is “Knollys Tunnel” the largest man-made tunnel found in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Named after Sir Clement Courtenay Knollys, “Knollys Tunnel” was built in 1898  entirely out of concrete, and its purpose wa...
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