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Friends of Denmark Republishes an Island Treasure

To celebrate the Centennial of the transfer of government from Denmark to the U.S.A., the St. Thomas-St. John Friends of Denmark Society proudly announces the facsimile publication of a commemorative magazine printed by the Society in 1967. The title is 50 Years: St. Thomas Friends of Denmark Society.

The chairperson of the magazine committee was Eldra L.M. Shulterbrandt. Articles by Omar Brown, Fred Gjessing, Bill LaMotta, Francesca Greve, Gertrude Dudley, Rabbi Sasso and Enid Baa are featured in the magazine.

Eldra Schulterbrandt wrote “Quo Vadis” and Gov. Ralph Paiewonsky’s stirring “What is a Virgin Islander,” is printed in full. The editor was Carlos Dowling, with design and layout by Ira Smith. Even the advertisements provide a peek at the island’s past.

The Society promises that as people read this magazine they will feel the ambiance of life on the island 50 ago. This publication is, indeed, a treasured keepsake. The restoration of the initial magazine, including the mixed coloring of the pages, was made possible through digitalization by Bill and Frannie Newbold of Island Business Graphics. It is an accurate reproduction of the original.

The cost of the special treasure is $25. The magazines are available at the V.I. Children’s Museum (Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday it is closed), Frenchtown Museum (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), My Brother’s Workshop Bakery on Back Street (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) downtown. In Red Hook at Chelsea Drug Store (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Sandra’s Secretarial Service—Lock and Blade (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Additional sites will be announced. Members of the Society will also have copies to sell.

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