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#447903 - 10/03/12 08:01 AM New book: "Revisiting the 10th and 21st"
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A Book Launch With A Point Of Departure

A new publication was launched today at the Museum of Belize called "Revisiting the 10th and 21st". The book is a two-fold, with the first part depicting the documented facts leading up to and including the Battle of St George's Caye, and the second depicting the movement to and the declaration of Independence. It's a collaboration of NICH and the Belize Archives Service and its purpose is to provide actual documentation as a point of reference surrounding these two historic events. We found out more.

Dr. Herman Byrd - Director, Belize Archive
"This year we partnered both with the Museum of Belize and the other arm of NICH; The Institute of Social & Cultural Research with the Museum to produce the exhibit. We wanted to do something on a much larger scale than we have done before, so the folks here at the museum were able to do that for us and we also wanted to have something that visitors of the museum could walk away with and provide them the opportunity to dig deeper into some of the materials that they would have seen going through the exhibit."

"The publication has two main sections; there are 19 documents all together. There are 10 documents covering the Battle of St. George's Caye and it kind of basically covers the timeframe of before, during and after - sort of to provide a comprehensive of that critical event and the second section has 9 documents that deals with the whole movement of Independence from 1949 - 1981."

"We try very hard to provide firsthand accounts, eye witness accounts, actual speeches of the individuals for example we have speeches of Mr. Goldson at the UN, George Price at the UN at the start of the internationalization effort to win global support for Belize. There is nothing like reading a primary document to sort of get you up close and personal to historical event and we try hard to do that."

"We've been working on it for over 2 months identifying the records. Some of them have been publish before but those publications are no longer available - they are not readily available to the public out there. We especially had teachers in mind because it's the kind of thing that I wish I had when I was a teacher teaching Belizean studies may years ago to have a booklet like this that you can use in so many ways in the classroom."

The public is encouraged to stop by the Museum of Belize and check out the display.

Channel 7

#447913 - 10/03/12 08:57 AM Re: New book: "Revisiting the 10th and 21st" [Re: Marty]
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September 10th and 21st, redux in print

The annual September Celebrations are officially behind us but today the National Institute of Culture and History, along with the Belize Archives and Records Service returned to the essence of what makes the month of September historically important to Belizeans. Itís a new publication fittingly called Revisiting the Tenth and Twenty-First, a retrospective detailing the Battle of St. Georgeís Caye, as well as the movement towards independence. While the launch of the book comes a few weeks later, the information contained within its pages remains very relevant since it highlights both events from the perspective of those involved in the movement. Director of the Belize Archives and Record Service, Dr. Herman Byrd explains the contents of the book.

Dr. Herman Byrd, Director, Belize Archives and Records Service

Herman Byrd

ďWhat we wanted to do in this book is to feature some of the major documents that underlies the importance of these two events and so the booklet is divided into two sections. The first section deals with the Battle of St. Georgeís Caye and we have ten documents, most of them original records that are taken from the materials that we have at the Belize Archives in Belmopan and they cover the timeframe of before, during and after the battle. So we try to give you a set of documents that would give you a good overall view of the importance of this event in our history. For example, one of my favorite documents there is, as you may know, Iím sure you know from your teachers, that at the time of the Battle of St. Georgeís Caye, the inhabitants, the settlers had to make a big decision. They had to decide whether or not they would stay or whether or not they would leave. Whether or not they would evacuate the settlement or whether or not they would defend it okay. The second section of the book deals with the achievement of the main event that we celebrate on the twenty-first of September, of course our independence. We have nine documents that cover the period from 1949 to 1981. So as you know, the achievement of our independence was something that many people worked hard at for many, many years and what we wanted to do was to share with you some of the, itís always better to hear something from somebody who was there alright, so we try very much to give you firsthand accounts, eyewitness accounts, the speeches of the individuals who were actually leading the movement to independence.Ē

A new exhibit was also launched at the Museum of Belize this morning to coincide with the introduction of the publication.

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