Culture & History
In the middle of it all - The peaceful calm of St. Kitts suggests nothing of the extraordinary history of the island. For centuries, St. Kitts occupied a critical position in the European struggle for the islands of the West Indies, which were rich with sugar plantations and were considered the gateway to the Caribbean. As a result, the struggles and conflicts in and around St. Kitts shaped much of the history of the entire Caribbean.
The St. Christopher National Trust
Preserving The Heart and Soul of Our Island
The St. Christopher National Trust is a national, non-governmental, voluntary organization established in 1989 under the name St. Christopher Heritage Society and registered under the Company's Act of St. Kitts and Nevis in 1994. Its mission is to preserve and promote the natural, historical and cultural heritage of the island of St. Christopher (St. Kitts). Visit the Official Web Site of the St. Christopher National Trust (SCNT) at www.stkittsheritage.com
The overall objective of the St. Christopher National Trust is to foster a deeper understanding of and appreciation for our island, and to safeguard, preserve and promote our heritage:
- * Our natural environment, our traditions and customs
- * Our music, visual and performing arts
- * Our monuments, buildings and historic sites
Since its inception in 1989, the St. Christopher National Trust has undertaken some major projects and has been involved in many different activities. These projects include:
- * Co-hosting the Quality of Life Conferences
- * Developing The Country Environmental Profile
- * Cataloguing the Island's major historical sites
- * Implementing a Bio-diversity Study
- * Recording the Oral History of the Island
- * Organizing a Medicinal Plants Project
- * Arranging a series of 'Adventure Tours'
- * Maintaining a permanent exhibition of photographs and information in our offices and reading room.
- * Continuing to collect books and documents and to enlarge our video library.
- * Helping local and visiting researchers; such as historians, archaeologists, architects, botanists, ornithologists, students and businesspersons.
- * Producing and distributing a variety of educational materials.