Teach & Learn
Virgin Islands History
using Primary Sources
Welcome to Teach VI History
On this website, TeachVIHistory.com, you will discover a collection of classroom activities related to US Virgin Islands history. The activities are built around digitized primary sources from archive, library and museum collections about the Danish West Indies and the US Virgin Islands. Each activity includes brief background information, suggested teaching instructions, primary source analysis tools and discussion prompts. The activities encourage a research-based, conversation approach to exploring US Virgin Islands history. Asking students to explore primary source material turns them into the historian – it gives them an active role in analyzing history, encourages interpretive skills, and helps foster higher order thinking. Students will also learn about the types of primary sources that are available related to the US Virgin Islands, who created the material, and where they are kept.
Teach VI History is a product of the Caribbean Genealogy Library (CGL). CGL is a research library for history, culture and genealogy located on St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Founded in 2000, CGL’s mission is to identify, preserve, and provide access to Caribbean genealogy, history, and cultural heritage information resources for the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean, and to promote and encourage their use for family history documentation, education, and scholarship.