CVE PROJECTS 2013

January 2013 Trips

 

February 2013 Trips

 

March 2013 Trips

 

How to Join, What it's like, Fees

Jewish Cemetery Inventory, Orange St. Jewish Cemetery in Kingston, Jamaica
Dates: January 20 – 26, 2013
Contact: Rachel Frankel, RachelArch@aol.com     

CVE will continue its historic Jewish cemetery inventory again this year in the Kingston area. We will be surveying the Orange Street Cemetery, which is where we worked last year. Rachel Frankel, this trip's leader, has led similar inventory trips in Jewish cemeteries in Surinam and Jamaica. If time allows, the group will do some reconnaissance work at the Elleston Street Cemetery (in Kingston), or explore Old Kingston for lost Jewish cemeteries. Jews escaping from prosecution in Europe settled in many Caribbean islands, and were instrumental in sugar plantation technology.    Volunteers will be conducting an inventory, photographing, and mapping. 

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Archeology on Sint Eustatius, also known affectionately to the locals as Statia
Dates: January 19-26, 2013
Contact: Suzan Sanders, ssanders@rcgoodwin.com

Statia is a tiny undiscovered Caribbean island, which was once a bustling center of trade with over 20,000 inhabitants. The island changed hands 22 times, and the Dutch took possession in 1636; the island is still Dutch. We will be staying at the Golden Era Hotel, near the center of charming Oranjestat, the capital city.

CVE leader, Suzan Sanders, an archeologist with extensive experience in Statia (Sint Eustatius) will be working with SECAR (St Eustatius Center for Archeological Research). Volunteers will focus on helping with the collections program- washing, repackaging, labeling, cataloguing, photographing and documenting artifacts, as well as data entry. No prior experience in archeology is necessary. There will be opportunities for swimming and hiking.

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FIELD SCHOOL, ST. KITTS, WEST INDIES
February 10-23, 2013
We have two back to back trips in St. Kitts this February, at the Brimstone Hill Fortress and at the Wingfield Manor Estate. Join one or both. Descriptions of each trip are below.

Download an informational sheet about this trip (PDF, 36KB).

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park in St Kitts, West Indies    
Dates: February 10-17
Contact: David Rollinson, droll@eastlink.ca
An 1810 map shows several small fortifications and buildings on the hillside below the main fortifications, but they are now covered by over a hundred years of vegetation. However, a recent exploration of the areas revealed some surface artifacts and masonry.  Hopefully, spending our week on a further investigation of these areas, and some excavation, will reveal more evidence of the history of these 18th and early 19th century sites. Activities will include vegetation clearing, site mapping and recording, excavation and artifact recovery.

For more information on this UNESCO World Heritage Site see: www.brimstonehillfortress.org

We stay at the Sugar Bay Club (www.sugarbayclub.com) in Frigate Bay. The room cost per night is about US$106, which includes taxes. If you would like to share a room, let us know. The rooms have a small kitchen, good for making breakfast and lunches. We can provide information on other hotels if you wish. Dinners are casual. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to St Kitts, accommodation, meals and incidentals. On-island transport is provided. There is a small registration fee of US$150.00 per week ($250 for two weeks) to cover your insurance and CVE fees. We work from Monday to Friday, and maybe Saturday. Time to visit and experience the island is included! There is no minimum number required to run this program and no prior experience is necessary! Download an informational sheet about this trip (PDF, 36KB).

Wingfield Manor Estate: Where Did the Water Go? in St Kitts, West Indies    
Dates: February 17-23, 2013
Contact: David Rollinson, droll@eastlink.ca
The estate was the first land grant in the English Caribbean in 1625, and in its early days was owned by Sam Jefferson, an ancestor of President Thomas Jefferson. The estate grew and processed indigo, tobacco and sugar cane and was abandoned in the early 1920s. Water power was employed at the estate from its earliest days until the 1920’s and many of the structures, and some of the machinery, remains on site. Work continues on the exploration and uncovering of this water system and its rehabilitation and restoration. Activities will include tracing and mapping the water courses, exploring the Wingfield River ravine for evidence of structures and the clearing and stabilization of historic masonry.

For more information on Wingfield Manor Estate see: www.caribellebatikstkitts.com

We stay at the Sugar Bay Club (www.sugarbayclub.com) in Frigate Bay. The room cost per night is about US$106, which includes taxes. If you would like to share a room, let us know. The rooms have a small kitchen, good for making breakfast and lunches. We can provide information on other hotels if you wish. Dinners are casual. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to St Kitts, accommodation, meals and incidentals. On-island transport is provided. There is a small registration fee of US$150.00 per week ($250 for two weeks) to cover your insurance and CVE fees. We work from Monday to Friday, and maybe Saturday. Time to visit and experience the island is included! There is no minimum number required to run this program and no prior experience is necessary! Download an informational sheet about this trip (PDF, 36KB).

St John, USVI Preservation Project
Dates: March 17-23, 2013
Contact: Anne Hersh, ahershcve@aol.com
St John is one of the beautiful US Virgin Islands and much of the island is a National Park. The island had been a Danish possession and many three hundred year old ruins of the sugar and cotton plantation era still remain. For the past 20 years, CVE has been working with the National Park archeologists to help document and preserve these historic structures. Our work has included mapping, photography, drawings, and clearing. Our work this year will include mapping and drawing sugar plantation factory sites. We will be staying in tents at Cinnamon Bay Campground. The campground has a beautiful beach, restaurant, and grocery store. Excursions will include trips to historic sites: the preserved Annaberg sugar plantation, Sprauve Museum in town, and others. Plenty of time for beach activities (snorkeling, swimming), and hiking in the USVI National Park. Optional trips to the Virgin Gorda baths can be arranged.

Cost: $550 includes tent, local transportation, CVE fees, and group leader. Not included: airfare, travel to airport, and food.

Preservation Projects in Nevis
Costs and Dates: To be determined
Contact: Anne Hersh, ahershcve@aol.com

We can provide you with a custom designed volunteer preservation project in beautiful Nevis. We will arrange a work project as well as the dates, and accommodations to suit your interests, abilities, schedule and budget. Work can include archival and display work at one of the museums in Nevis or gardening, clearing, or light construction work on historic structures. Two of the CVE group leaders live in Nevis and will coordinate the project with the Nevis Historic and Conservation Society. Nevis is an undiscovered island, with many historic structures dating from the sugar plantation era, as well as a charming capital city: Charlestown, still retaining many of its stone and wood shops.


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How to Join: When we are ready to take registrations for a particular trip, we post a description of the project and the contact information for the trip leader(s) or coordinator(s). To join a trip, contact the leader or coordinator for an application form. Some trip descriptions may have forms available for download. Submit the form and proceed from there.

Fees, Lodging, & Airfare: The contact person will inform you of any fees that may apply. Each trip is different. Generally, trip leaders will have made low-cost lodging arrangements for most of the trip's duration. Volunteers are responsibile for covering their own lodging and other travel expenses.

What it's like
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