Recreation of an 18th Century Blacksmith Shop
In 1991 the St. Eustatius Historical Foundation Board concieved of a project where the museum grounds would be used as a living history museum to bring Statia's history to life. The project was based upon successful open-air museums, such as Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, USA. It was intended to tell Statia's history through a recreation of the daily activities that occurred in the late 18th century. In 2004 the Historical Foundation recieved funding from the Antilliaanse Mede-Financierings Organisatie (AMFO) for a part of this project, which included the construction of a concrete base, building a fence around the garden, repairing cisterns and the water-catchment, and the installation of utility outlets for the blacksmith shop. By 2007 the frame and roof had also been built and tools for display in the blacksmith shop were purchased. In June 2008 the SEHF was awarded further funding from Prins Bernhard Culture Funds, Netherlands Antilles and Aruba (PBCF) for the installation of wooden sidings, doors and window shutters. The sidings, doors and windows were installed and painted by Maynard’s Construction N.V. and this phase was completed by February 2009. The Historical Foundation is presently applying for funding to complete the blacksmith shop project. This funding will cover building a forge, furinishing the shop with authentic tools and artefacts that were hand forged, installing interpretive panels and the grand opening of the shop.
Child and Family Guide to the Museum
The Historical Foundation intends to print a guide to the museum aimed at children. This booklet will use a character who lived on Statia in the 18th century to guide children and families around the museum, with sections referring to colonisation, trade, slavery, plantations, the Jewish community, food and social events, women on Statia, house slaves, underwater archaeology, plant life on Statia, furniture, natives on Statia, the Dutch Antilles and relations between Statia and the USA.