From left: SIMARC President Paul Ellinger and Director Dr. Jay Haviser, ACH President Rosemarijn Hoefte and Secretary Dr. Tara Inniss.
CAY HILL–St. Maarten Archaeological Centre SIMARC and the Association of Caribbean Historians have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to stimulate and facilitate cooperation and collaboration in the promotion and development of Caribbean history and heritage.
Association President and Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast and Caribbean Studies KITLV Senior Researcher Rosemarijn Hoefte and Association Secretary Tara Inniss of University of the West Indies – Cave Hill recently met with SIMARC President Paul Ellinger and Director archaeologist Jay Haviser at the SIMARC office in Cay Hill.
Hoefte emphasised that the two organisations share an interest in Pan-Caribbean history and culture and value the work of community-based organisations.
The two entities met ahead of the 51st annual meeting of the Association of Caribbean Historians at University of Curaçao May 26-30.
Paying a courtesy call to long-time colleague Haviser, who is also President of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology (IACA), Hoefte brought greetings from the more-than-half-century-old professional organisation of Caribbean historians.
She commended SIMARC on its enduring commitment to protecting and preserving the archaeological heritage of St. Maarten and neighbouring islands, in the wake of Hurricane Irma in 2017 and its destruction of the SIMARC facility storing a number of important artefacts and papers documenting St. Maarten’s heritage.
Haviser said at the signing that it is important for St. Maarten to be more formally integrated and active with international and regional cooperation programmes regarding the preservation of heritage in the Caribbean.