The Belize we know today may not be hundreds of years old, yet we have so much history lying in wait in some of the most unexpected places. These historic landmarks have been cataloged in a pictorial series titled “A Walk Through”.
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), through the Institute for Social and Cultural Research, the Museum of Belize and Houses of Culture, are the forces behind “A Walk Through”. With each new city, town and village explored through the series, new pieces beautiful Belize’s history are unearthed. The series is designed to provide educational and historical references for students, educators, tour guides, tourists and the general public.
With the publication’s earlier volumes featuring Belize City, Dangriga, San Ignacio and Santa Elena, and most recently Benque Viejo del Carmen, our Belizean history hunters are already embarking on a new project! The next stop in the series: Orange Walk Town!

Queen Victoria Avenue in Orange Walk Town

How is a volume of “A Walk Through” created? The first activity is an information-gathering workshop. The main objectives of the workshop are to develop a comprehensive list of historic buildings and sites associated with historic and cultural events and to identify key resource persons with historical information, collectibles, and photos.

Orange Walk Town Clock

“The immediate output from the workshop will be the development of the fifth volume of the Walk through Series publication. The Walk Through Series are monographs which feature the historical, social, and cultural landmarks and places of memory within each of Belize’s municipalities,” says NICH.

Orange Walk Town Council Mural

If you are in Orange Walk Town on Saturday, June 24th and wish to take part in the making of “A Walk Through Orange Walk”, the workshop will begin at 9AM and will be open to the general public. Persons with knowledge, collectibles or photos of the historical landmarks and or events are especially encouraged to attend.

For more information about the workshop or to confirm your attendance kindly contact: Ms. Phylicia Pelayo/ Mr. Giovanni Pinelo, Institute for Social and Cultural Research, NICH Administration Building, Belmopan, Belize C.A. Phone: 822-3307 Email:phylicia.pelayo@nichbelize.org.

The publication, “A Walk Through” is available for sale at book stores across the country. For those who love to learn more about Belize, this is a must have book series, so get your copy today!

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About the Author: Janelle Cowo

The youngest member of the My Beautiful Belize family, Janelle loves traveling and experiencing new cultures both within and across the border of Belize. She particularly enjoys history and is an avid Science Fiction, Fantasy and Romance reader. What she lacks in stature, Janelle has (and even surpasses) in spirit for adventure. She is willing to try pretty much anything, from daring jumps to new eats. Janelle lives her life according to Mae West quote “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

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