Progress and development are essential to a society's survival. However, oftentimes, one of the casualties of overdevelopment is the eradication of historical edifices and elimination of heritage sites. Preservation has long been one of my pet projects and the movement to save Boissiere House is no exception.
What you can do to help save the Boissiere House
· Tell people the Boissiere House is in danger.
· Forward the address of this website to everyone you know who might be concerned. http://www.caribbeanfreeradio.com/boissiere/whatyoucando.html
· Write a letter to the editor.
· If you work in the media, try to get your newspaper or station to run a story.
· If you have a blog, write something there.
· Put a "Save the Boissiere House" badge on your blog or website.
· If you own a camera, stop by 12 Queen's Park West, take some photos, post them online, or just forward them to friends
· If you know someone in the Ministry of Culture, tell them you're concerned and ask them to speak to their superior about saving the Boissiere House
· Call Town and Country and urge them not to give planning permission for a new building on this site
· Call the National Trust and ask what you can do to help (tel 868-623-5941 or 868-624-6477)
· If you know a politician of any party on any level, tell them you're concerned and ask them to talk to their party leadership.
· Read about the history of the house in Olga Mavrogordato's book Voices in the Street, or John Newel Lewis's book Ajoupa, and share this with others.
· Write to email@example.com and tell us you'd like to be on a mailing list to hear about further efforts.
· If you know a member of the Boissiere family that owns the house, ask them to consider putting a no-demolition clause in the sale contract, or to negotiate with the government to arrive at a reasonable sale price that might make it easier to save the building.
· And if you are a multi-millionaire property developer, consider doing something truly enlightened: buy the house, pay to have it restored, put it to some use that will not damage its fabric.