April 26, 2003 — The Carnival Museum, which opened in December 2001 and is open year-round on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is extending hours in honor of the approaching Carnival.
This year's exhibit features costume displays, golden calypso favorites right up to the present, a steel pan evolution exhibit, demonstration of the victrola (what's that? an old-time record player, crank the handle), and a computer slide presentation featuring Carnival from the 1950s forward. And, a new release said, you can purchase copies of souvenir booklets and videos while you're there.
Selassie Francis, chairman of the Archives Committee, said that beginning March 28, the museum will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until May 1. The museum is at 11A & B Kronprindsens Gade, first floor, in the building across from the Finance Department.
The special exhibit will open on May 1, after J'ouvert. But there are photos, programs, costumes and artifacts on display all open hours.
The museum is operated entirely by volunteers, and more are needed, especially persons who can help to identify gift items and relate them to specific years. Recently, Francis mentioned, Louis Ible Jr. stopped by and helped to identify a lot of calypsonians in a large group of photos.
Other committee members are Dahlia Adams, Luz Chesterfield, Chris Douté, Leroy Gottlieb, and Venus Green. They are all hard at work, said Francis, working on identifying to the exact Carnival photos, costumes and items that have come in as gifts to the museum. While space is limited at present, Francis said, there are hopes of moving into the space which now houses the V.I. Fire Service, when they move to a rumored new building. That space would be ideal, Francis said, because it's close to the Fort Christian Museum and to all the venues of Carnival: the parking lot, the Emancipation Garden and the parade routes. Then, he said, they might even be able to accept the gift of a float! At present they have many items in storage — but even the storage space can't hold a float.

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