Park lecture to allow buildings to talk

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ST. CROIX - The National Park Service Lecture Series continues tonight with a discussion about Christiansted National Historic Site by David Goldstein, chief of Interpretation and Education for the three Park Service sites on St. Croix.

"Each building has its individual life history," Goldstein said, adding that those histories together comprise the history of the Danish West Indies.

"A lot of the way we see our landscape is kind of static. We don't realize that each building has its individual life history," he said.

The talk will touch on Christiansted National Historic Site, its development as a park unit, and how it came to be a National Park, according to the National Park Service.

Goldstein's talk, "Revisiting Christiansted: Development and Future Prospect," will focus on the buildings at the National Historic Site as they became incorporated into the site and how the Virgin Islands government worked with the Secretary of the Interior's office to protect them.

The discussion also will touch on the archaeological remains on the site that have the potential for future development for interpretive purposes.

Also during the lecture, the National Park Service will begin to take suggestions and comments from the public regarding expectations for the coming 2017 observance of the anniversary of the Transfer of the Danish West Indies to the United States.

The lecture is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Danish Guinea West India Company Warehouse/Slave Market Building. The Christiansted National Historic Site parking lot will be free and open for this event until 7 p.m.

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