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Records of 18th-century ship given to Bermuda Archives

Preserving the past: Antoinette Butz, left, with Diallo Rabain, education minister; Ken Butz; Joanne Brangman, director of the Bermuda National Library, and Mandellas Lightbourne, archivist (Photograph supplied)

A trove of historical documents linked to an 18th-century ship captured by a Bermudian privateer has been presented to the Bermuda Archives.

The donation, made last Thursday to education minister Diallo Rabain, came as the Department of Libraries and Archives celebrated the launch of Preservation Week.

Documents associated with the ship, The Rover, were given by Antoinette Butz and her son Ken Butz to add to records of Bermudian maritime history.

The Rover, captured in 1798, sailed mostly between Boston and the West Indies.

A department spokeswoman said the community was encouraged to reflect on the preservation of family history and records.

A selection of previously broadcast webinars on preservation processes and techniques will be available throughout this week.

Those interested can e-mail libraryevents@gov.bm.

Topics include a 2010 podcast on mould prevention and remediation, and the 2011 webinar Accidents Happen: Saving and Protecting Family Treasures.

Also available are Preserving Scrapbooks and Low-Cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives, from 2014; Caring for Your Textiles, 2017; Preserving Family Recipes, 2018; Preserving Your Family History, 2019, and Using Oral History to Tell Your Family Stories, from 2020.

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Published April 28, 2022 at 7:41 am (Updated April 28, 2022 at 7:41 am)

Records of 18th-century ship given to Bermuda Archives

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