Dear Members and Friends,
Happy New Year! As The Bahamas celebrates the golden jubilee anniversary
of women’s suffrage, The Bahamas Historical Society is proud to
present a salute to the earliest women to make waves in the social arena
– Female Slaves in The Bahamas – a talk by Dr Jennifer Bethel.
Time: Thursday 26th January at 6pm
Dr. Jennifer Bethel
Dr. Jennifer Bethel is a Graduate professor at Barry University where
she lectures educational students in Research Methodology with emphasis
on research designs and methods emphasizing their underlying assumptions
and inquiry aims. In addition, she provides consultation to schools which
seek organizational restructuring by providing first-hand knowledge of
current school practices and programming options. Dr. Bethel obtained
both her AA in Social Studies and B. Ed. at the College of The Bahamas,
along with a Teaching Certificate in conjunction with the University of
The West Indies. Dr. Bethel holds a MPA from Nova Southeastern University
with an emphasis on group dynamics and conflict resolution, and a Ph.D.
in Education with a specialization in Leadership from Barry University.
Female Slaves in The Bahamas
This study offers seminal exploration and an essential starting point
to better understand the impact that female slaves had on the tapestry
of Bahamian society. Though the primary purpose of enslaved women in the
New World was for their labour; simultaneously, their functions became
one of great complexity due to the multiplicity of roles they came to
occupy. Burdened with binary oppressive conditions, due to their racial
and gender orientation, many Black women were challenged daily. Despite
initial hesitation on the part of plantation owners, there came to be
equal numbers of women working in the fields as there were men during
the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. While young females
engaged in a variety of roles inclusive of field and domestic works, their
mature counterparts engaged in midwifery, nursing, and tending to the
young and elderly. Resistance against slavery was also ever-present and,
like the men, Bahamian female slaves engaged in various forms of resistance.
Inclusive of subtle behaviours were back-talking and refusal to work,
whereas more aggressive forms included running away to outright revolt,
while bearing arms.
We are also pleased to announce that the Nassau Music Society will promote
a concert at the museum on Friday 27th January (details to follow)
We had good press from the last musical concert...here is an excerpt:
Nassau Chamber Ensemble at the Historical Society Museum
Excerpts from the critique by Anita L. MacDonald, MMus, MS, MBA, GPC/MIS
The Nassau Chamber Ensemble played its second concert of the year at the
acoustically and visually delightful Historical Society Museum, home of
the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (I.O.D.E.) on Sunday
afternoon. Under the direction of Noel Thompson and with the arrangements
and transcriptions provided by Helene Peloquin, the 12-member string and
cembalo group gave its second-ever performance.
These moments of intimacy are what make chamber groups so delectable.
The audience is at one with the performers in a cozy, informal setting.
The affection and sheer pleasure that they shared in the music and in
one another were obvious. In essence, the audience was cheering for the
The Nassau Chamber Ensemble has grown in professionalism since its debut,
thanks in no small part to their new venue, the Historical Society Museum,
which enables them to hear one another more clearly as they perform, leading
to a more homogeneous sound and cleaner finishes. Also, they now stand
to play, which really does make a difference in the sound in that the
musicians are now engaging their entire bodies. We await their next performance
with great expectations.
Dear Members and friends,
Don’t forget the talk on the THURSDAY 26TH JANUARY at 6pm –
Female Slaves in The Bahamas by Dr Jennifer Bethell. (Robert Dorsett has
setup a channel on www.ustream.com for the Society which allows for the
live streaming of events. The channel is http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bahamas-historical-society
If persons are not able to attend the meeting they can view it online
by simply going to that site in real time.)
Another treat is a concert by the Nassau Musical Society
Nassau Music Society - An Evening of Classical Guitar: Featuring Marco
Tamayo and Anabel Montesinos
Friday, January 27th, 2012 - 8:00 PM - The Bahamas Historical Society,
Shirley St. & Elizabeth Avenue
Sunday, January 29th, 2012 - 5:30 PM - St. Paul's Church Hall, Lyford
The Nassau Music Society continues its 2011-2012 Season with two evenings
of classical guitar featuring Marco Tamayo and Anabel Montesinos, well-known,
young musicians in the world of classical guitar. These concerts are under
the patronage of His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor General of
The Bahamas and are sponsored by Société Générale
Private Banking, Pictet, Royal Star Assurance and Colina Insurance Limited.
Marco Tamayo was born in La Havana, Cuba, were he started to play guitar
at the age of three under his father's tuition. He studied with Antonio
Alberto Rodríguez and Leo Brouwer, Harold Gramatges, and later
in Europe at the University of Music in Munich (Germany, class of Joaquin
Clerch), and at the Mozarteum University of Arts in Salzburg were he studied
with Eliot Fisk (guitar) and Rainner Schmid (violinist), among others.
Winner of major International Guitar Competitions such as the Michele
Pittaluga Intl.Guitar Competition in 1999 and the Andrés Segovia
Intl. Guitar Competition in Granada , Spain , Marco Tamayo performed concerts
with the Chamber Orchestra of St. Petersburg, the Philarmonic of Torino
under the baton of Paolo Ferrara, the Chamber Orchestra of Aix-en-Provence
(France), under the baton of Philip Bender, the Philarmonic of Tampere
(Finland), the Philarmonic of La Habana under the baton of Leo Brouwer
and the TransArt Orchestra of Salzburg conducted by Kurt Redel.
Marco Tamayo's recordings include one album for the Voice of Lyrics label
in France , and three albums for the Naxos Classical Label. He was named
Honourable Citizen of the city of Alessandria ( Italy ) and is the second
guitarist, after Maestro Alirio Díaz, to have received this honour.
He lives in Austria with his wife Anabel.
Anabel Montesinos, one of the most important personalities in the world
of classical guitar, was described as a "promising star of the classical
guitar" by Antón García Abril, after he heard her play
at the age of fifteen. She is the winner of several international competitions
such as the renowned "Francisco Tarrega" competition in Spain
or the "Michele Pittaluga" in Italy . Her musical style, taste
and choices of interpretation have charmed the audience at each performance.
Anabel Montesinos began her musical education at the age of five and playing
guitar at the age of six. She proved to be an extraordinary child, and
a few years later, when she was twelve years old, she gave a solo recital
in Majorca . Anabel Montesinos has recorded for radio and television in
Spain , Poland , Italy and Sweden . Numerous awards in international competitions
opened the doors for her to the Naxos Classic label, where she was able
to record her first album with a romantic repertoire. This CD has been
hailed by the international press and was chosen by British Airlines for
its music program on international flights.
Anabel Montesinos participated in concerts with Paco de Lucia, playing
the "other side of Spanish guitar," and received a standing
ovation in Uppsala , Sweden .
She has performed as soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestras of Moscow,
St. Petersburg, Turin, Monterrey (Mexico), Madrid, and Oulu (Finland),
to name a few.
Her 2011 tour began at Carnegie Hall, where she received a standing ovation.
She plays a Simon Marty guitar. Her second album, also produced by Naxos
, was released in September, 2011. She is married to Marco Tamayo and
the couple live in Austria.
They are expected to hold a Master Class for classical guitarists. The
date, time and venue will be announced shortly. Persons wishing to participate
or attend should contact Italia Watkins-Jan at the Nassau Music Society
firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Christy Lee email@example.com by
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012.
Reserve tickets now: www.nassaumusicsociety.org/reservations . Box Offices:
A.D. Hanna & Co., Deveaux Street; Custom Computers, Cable Beach Shopping
Centre; Logos Bookstore Harbour Bay Shopping Centre; and Moir & Co.,
Lyford Cay Shopping Centre.
Tickets: Members: $25; Non-Members: $35; Students with valid id: $10.
Tickets cost an extra $5 if purchased at the door.
Rosalie Fawkes sent in a link to access "From Burma Road to Majority
I do have a question for you. In the Paradise island book, it is mentioned
that J.L. Saunders had a casino on Hog Island - do you know if that was
James Leacher Saunders, the brother of Margaret Alice Christie nee Saunders
and Edward Charles Saunders? He would be my great uncle - Margaret Alice
is my grandmother. (from Priscilla Benner)
A reminiscence on the sport of crabbing (From my unpublished book on Paul
Another summer pastime popular in Harbour Island was crabbing. About seven
o’ clock in the evening several small boats would make the half
hour sail across the harbour to Bottom Bay or Rock-a-Bay or Cistern on
the North Eleuthera shore. The four or five member crew were usually made
up of a father or older relative and young boys, each carrying a three
foot long, four inch diameter long black torch made up of one inch diameter
branches of a suitable tree all tied together with cord. They also carried
a plait basket home made from palmetto leaves with a capacity to carry
about six dozen crabs. They would make their way a short distance into
the bush and light their torch ‘to make a glare’ to see the
crabs, which were attracted to the light. They picked them up until their
baskets were full and return home sometimes as late as 4 o’ clock
the next morning. White crabs were caught this way but black crabs were
obtained by turning over the rocks in daylight.
In September, the white crabs would bury themselves in ‘the mold’
down a hole. In November, it was a young boy’s delight when he heard
the words, “Lets go molding”. Each of the crew would now carry
a grub hoe and machete on their voyage across the harbour in daylight.
Whenever they saw a mold, they would dig it out and push their hand down
the hole, a dangerous move, but they skillfully picked the crab up and
pulled it out of the hole. On a good day they could pick up two dozen
crabs, which were now fat and delicious, when cracked open and boiled,
especially with white rice. One of the best Christmas gifts appreciated
in Harbour Island at that time was to receive a couple of boiled moldy
crabs for breakfast.
Hey Jim, I know that old lighthouse building. It used to be the old Hatchet
Bay store. Violet Knowles..unfortunately a few people have told me that
this was not the lighthouse headquarters
From Paul Aranha “Jane Lloyd pointed out that LYCHgate
is the correct word for what I have been calling Lynch Gate.
There's one at the Nassau War Cemetery, the Eastern Cemetery and the Veterans'
A Lychgate is a covered open structure, found at a church gate. It normally
consists of four or six oak posts embedded in the ground in a rectangular
shape. On top of this are a number of beams to hold a steeply sloping
straight pitched roof covered in wooden or clay peg tiles.
The name is derived from the Saxon Lych meaning "corpse"
and gate meaning entrance. Hence corpse entrance.
The lychgates were built from about the mid 15th century.
It was the custom at the time for priests to conduct the first part of
the funeral service under its shelter.
During medieval times the rich were the only people buried
in coffins. The poor were carried to the lychgate and placed on a stone
or wooden table covered in a shroud before burial.
From Tom Dolezal on War Graves: Thank you for all your invaluable
help and support for our website http://fcafa.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/not-forgotten-bahamas-2/