A New Look for the Society Website

1 10 Schomburgk Coral Bay 1833 300 dpi w copy

Shown above is one of the spectacular home page images featured on the new site—a circa 1833 hand-painted watercolor of Coral Bay, with the building on Usher’s Cay already in evidence. (Usher’s Cay, was named for Noble Luke Usher, who acquired the property in about 1818. The building was an estate house for the Fortsberg and the Usher plantations and in later years is said to have served as a customs house.) The rendering was painted by Robert H. Schomburck. This artist was featured in an article written by board member Eleanor Gibney, which previously appeared in the Society newsletter. Eleanor’s article can be viewed on the new site by clicking here.

With technology opening so many new doors, there has never been a better time for history to be shared throughout the world. The St. John Historical Society Board of Directors is pleased and excited to announce the launch of our new website, complete with a blog, media library, online store, newsletter sign-up, links to our YouTube, SlideShare, and Facebook accounts, and more.  We may be sharing history, but we’ve truly entered the modern world of technology.  Our new website is beautifully designed, easy to navigate, and has all the wonderful content of our old site plus a whole lot more. We believe you’ll find it educational and entertaining while also providing a fascinating look at St. John through the ages.

We invite you to visit the site at stjohnhistoricalsociety.org and browse through the pages, media library, and articles.  Here are a few highlights you’ll find on our new site:

Our state of the art website design will allow the Society to readily update, change and add content—thus assuring the site is up-to-date at all times and a resource to be relied on. Through our collections, publications, media, educational programs, field trips, special events, and now our state-of-the-art website, the Historical Society has been and continues to be the leading resource for discovering St. John Island. We encourage you to stay in touch as continued exciting plans and developments unfold.  If you are not already a member, please take a moment to learn about and sign up for membership on our Join Us page. Membership fees and donations help support the work we do to document, preserve and share the history and heritage that so many community members and visitors love and enjoy.  We hope you enjoy the new site!

Bruce Schoonover


  1. Sharon Coldren Says: August 2, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Bruce – it looks great. Never saw that watercolor of Coral Bay before…


  2. Bruce,

    I am so happy you found someone to do this. What a great site. Congratulations.
    My best to you and Sharon.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *