The Museum of Vieques Historic Memory, Inc. (MMHV), with support from the Puerto Rican Foundation for the Humanities/National Endowment for the Humanities, digitalized this year around 30 thousand documents at the Vieques Historic Archives (AHV). The museum is now presenting the DVD with the images to be distributed free to cultural and educational entities in Puerto Rico, the United States and other places interested in Vieques’ history.
The documents on the DVD include XIX century baptism and death records for slaves in Vieques; Vieques Municipal Assembly records from the first decades of the US occupation; documents related to the sugar industry— Inventory of Property of the Playa Grande Sugar Mill, 1940; US Congressional Report of Vieques Labor Strike, 1916; and information about the military presence and the struggle for peace. Other digitalized materials focus on archaeology, architecture, ecology, natural resources, socio-economic development, literature, Vieques newspapers, and Patron Saint Festival programs beginning
The documents form part of the Vieques Historic Archives and have been compiled over three decades of work by director, Robert Rabin Siegal. The VHA is located at the Fort Count Mirasol Museum [Museo del Fuerte Conde de Mirasol], project of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture that Rabin coordinates since opening in 1991. The digitalization project is the first phase in the creation of the MMHV. The MMHV Board of Directors— Rabin and Viequenses Mena Marte, Andrés Nieves, and Will Colón—with advisors Daniel Nina and Vanessa Castedo (Southern Hemisphere Consultants) , seek both economic and material donations related to the struggle for peace on Vieques, such as photos, videos, music, letters, legal documents, posters, announcements, etc. Together with a significant collection of existing documentation, donated materials will help future generations understand the greatness of the movement that ended military activities on Vieques.
The next phase of the MMHV looks to create a cultural/educational tourism route by making accessible and interpreting dozens of sites related to Vieques socio-cultural processes. In this way, the MMHV will connect cyber and documentary elements to the physical spaces tied to Vieques’ rich history of struggle and resistance.
For more information, contact Robert Rabin at (787) 375-0525