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“Ms. Meg”, An Understated Legend

Posted By: Marty

“Ms. Meg”, An Understated Legend - 02/26/19 12:17 PM

We note the passing of Meg Craig, another of George Price's sisters, properly known as Alice Margaret Craig. The 98 year old died peacefully at home this morning.

Though not nearly as famous as "Ms. Jane", Meg Craig's contribution to Belize's culture as a collector of living history, and a naturalist, is certainly unmatched. She had a museum's worth of history in her home - and, in her passing, it is like we have lost not one library, but many.

She was a founding director of the Belize Audubon Society, and was also a member of the Cockscomb and Education Committees. A release from the PUP United Women's Group says "Miss Meg dedicated herself to Belize's environment, natural history and culture. Her work will also always be remembered as she greatly assisted the Belize Advisory Board to create the unique Belizean stamps. Miss Meg worked with her brother George and sister Jane in the movements towards Independence and in her early years was an active member of the People's United Party." End quote.

In closing, we will add that Ms. Meg lived in our neighborhood, and for many years, she was a resource we relied upon to compile stories and gather archival material. Trust us when we say that all the information on the internet has nothing to compare to the universe of knowledge about Belize that Ms. Meg had stored in her house. She was, surely, an edition of one; she will live on in collections she has donated to the Museum of Belize.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: “Ms. Meg”, An Understated Legend - 02/28/19 12:25 PM

The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) Mourns the Passing of Mrs. Alice Craig.

The Minister of Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, through the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) mourns the passing of a stalwart of local culture, Mrs. Alice Craig, affectionately known, as “Ms. Meg” or “Meggy”. Mrs. Craig was an exceptional woman; she was a true patriot, a collector, a historian, and unsung hero.

Mrs. Craig would often visit the Museum of Belize where she would sit with staff, share good jokes and stories, speak to school children visiting for that day, but most importantly, she would check on her Collection on Display. Her valuable collection brought her much joy and she was always eager to explain what an object was, or how, and why she collected it. Thanks to Mrs. Craig’s contribution to the Museum of Belize, visitors enjoy an extensive Stamp Collection, a display of Insects (which she collected with her young children and preserved) and numerous artifacts that speak of our Colonial History.

She was a wealth of knowledge on all things Belize and did not shy away from sharing through teaching, performing, and demonstrating for researchers, staff and any interested persons. Her passion to teach and impart knowledge to the younger generation shall be missed.

The Minister of Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Board of Directors, Management and Staff of the National Institute of Culture and History, especially those from the Museum of Belize mourn with the Craig Family and celebrate the extraordinary life of this remarkable woman who devoted her life to teaching, collecting and protecting Belize’s history for future generations. Our country has lost an Iconic figure.

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