Man-O-War Heritage Museum

Preserving History & Heritage on a tiny Island.


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Big news !!

We have some very exciting news about The Man O War Heritage Museum!!  We are growing and bursting at the seams!! And the only way to fix that is to move.  A very short move, but one that will hugely benefit The Museum and positively impact the entire community.

We have reached an agreement with Peter Sweeting to purchase the Sweeting house next door.  front of sweeting house

This will offer The Museum more space to display our Abaconian treasures, pay tribute to a local family and offer a new service to the community.  It is our goal to raise $200,000.00 for the purchase, total renovation and addition of a COFFEE SHOP!! which will help generate income to maintain the building.

The MOW Heritage Museum is currently in a building owned by Jan Manni.  We have improved the structure the best we can, painted, put a new roof on, planted and maintained the grounds and moved an iconic sail boat from the waterfront to the back yard.  We are very grateful for her loan of the building, but it is time for us to move on and own some property of our own.

By The Museum purchasing this property, it guarantees a place for locals and visitors alike to learn about MOW, socialize and interact with each other in a place that will always belong to the community.

The coffee shop will be located in the back of the building spilling onto the lush garden.  It is our intention to be open several days a week serving coffee, hot & cold beverages, baked goods and possibly lunch further down the road.  We would like the cafe garden to be an inviting place to socialize with friends, have meetings and surf the internet.  We will also beautify the existing private gardens for possible income generating functions like a ladies luncheon or club meetings.

This is a grand endeavor but one that is very attainable with generous donations from people like you.  We have very recently secured the US tax deductible status for our American donors, and have had a bank account at First Caribbean International Bank (CIBC) for several years.  The Museum has loyal donors who have made sizable contributions which has allowed us to make necessary repairs to keep all our artifacts safe and dry and we are very grateful for their ongoing support, but this next step is a much larger commitment.  We can offer you public recognition or this can be entirely private.  The choice is yours.  We would like you to continue the effort of beautifying the community, that so many of you have loved for many years, and you can do that by making a contribution to this very worthy cause.

We hope by making The Museum a permanent entity and offering a new service, it will draw more visitors to our Island and help the local economy generate new interest and income for our Island home.

You can contact me, Chana Albury or Barbara Dowty directly or via email at your convenience.
Please join us in this endeavor and make a generous donation to The Man O War Heritage Museum.

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I created this blog to share what is happening with The Man O War Heritage Museum, so I will start at the beginning.

In 2009 Man O War Cay held their very first Sojer day.  Sojer is a term used to describe the residents of Man O War Cay in the early days.  Sojer being the local way of  saying Soldier, as in Soldier or Hermit Crab.  Some of the islands residents have nick names and ours just happens to be Sojers.  Our Sojer Day is a celebration of our heritage.

sojer crab

 

Sojer Day was the beginning of the Museum.  The Museum was only supposed to be open one day, but it was such a success, the locals asked us to keep it open a few more days….. so we did.   But all good things must end, and I had to return all the wonderful treasures to their rightful owners and close the door.

But by Sojer Day 2011, I decided the Museum was here to stay.  So we got out the paint brushes and spiffed up the old building.  We had an old fashioned paint party.  Young, old and in between pitched in and we got the building primed and painted all in one day.

before we opened (21)  before….

Paint Party (10) during….

After ,Museum outside 002 (2)  after.

The Deputy Prime Minister attended the 2011 Sojer Day, along with his team of Ministers and he, along with Jeremy Sweeting, our head of local government,  officially opened The Man O War Heritage Museum.The local newspaper was in attendance and took photos to capture the day.  The article is available here.  http://mowmuseum.com/Abaconian-15Apr2011-clipping.htm.l

Hanging the sign hanging our sign.

Our Museum building has quite a history.  The building is over 100 years old and 12 children were born in that house! So it is fitting that the first home for the museum was here at church corner.  We have made many improvements to the old building, including a new roof, repaired windows, patched floors, installed a pump water system and lots of gardening.  But our journey has just begun. We have big plans for the Museum, and everyone is invited to help.

Stay tuned………….