The TeachVIHistory project was developed to assist educators in teaching US Virgin Islands history, and to encourage the use of digitized primary source material in the classroom. The project involved the development of activities related to USVI history, built around primary sources, for grades K to 12. These activities are presented on the project website at TeachVIHistory.com. Teachers and home study educators are encouraged to use the activities as is, or to adapt the materials for their lesson plans.
This project was inspired by DocsTeach, an online tool for teaching US History with documents from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
TeachVIHistory.com is a product of the Caribbean Genealogy Library (CGL). 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.
Contributors to TeachVIHistory.com include project managers and researchers, Jane Sheen, Annice Canton, Helene Smollett and Sophia Aubin. Historians and educators, George Tyson, Elizabeth Rezende, and Gunvor Simonsen. Researchers, Rasmus Christensen and Johanne Buus Mosegaard. Historians and authors, David W. Knight and Aimery Caron. Teachers, Joycelyn Bryan-Ledee, Edney Freeman, Andrea Changuris, and Leah Mandichak. Artists, Kate Rake Williams, Tim Soekkha, Freddy, and Ana Ochoa.
Digitized primary sources used for the activities on this website come from the collections of Rigsarkivet (Danish National Archives), DET KGL Bibliotek (Danish Royal Library), Danish National Museum, Danish Maritime Museum, Library of Congress, U. S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Caribbean Genealogy Library, and others.
TeachVIHistory.com was made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants for Humanities, through the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands.
Photo Credit for Image on Homepage:
Christiansted, Saint Croix Island, Virgin Islands. Class in the Christiansted High School, Jack Delano, Library of Congress, accessed October 2021 <https://www.loc.gov/item/2017797433/>