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Towards a General History of Belize Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00

Efforts to continue strengthening the History Association as a viable organization continues as the Executive Board prepares to hold a meeting at the George Price Center for Peace and Development in Belmopan on August 2, 2014. The purpose of this meeting is to review and approve the draft Articles and Memorandum of Association for the establishment of the Belize History Association as has been reviewed by a lawyer. The executive board of the History Association had met on June 26, to review and make suggestions for amendments and queries with the lawyer; a series of steps necessary for a way forward towards a greater understanding on the History of Belize.

Following the August 2, meeting, the first involvement of the History Association will be a lecture and panel discussion on the Battle of St. George’s Caye at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts in Belize City on September 3, 2014.

The Belize History Association invites more talents to do research on the History of Belize, especially from students at Galen University, St. John’s College and the University of Belize. This task will now be less difficult as the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) has committed to support the History Association and will do so for the foreseeable future. However; the History Association has as part of its mandate to develop proposals to procure grant funding for its work.

“One of the ultimate objectives is to produce the same module that you have the World Histories, for example the History of Africa, the History of the West Indies, to do a sort of general History of Belize,” says Nigel Encalada, the Director of the Institute for Social and Cultural Research (ISCR), and who has been the lighthouse behind the History Association since its formation.

But to do that, talent will have to be pooled from researchers who specialize in particular areas in Belize History whether on Maya, Pre-emancipation, Independence, Unions  “…whatever the area of specialization to get people who have the interest to do the research and contribute to what would be a general History of Belize,” also says Nigel Encalada.