Recently, the Minister of Culture Xiomara Maduro met with Ms. Marushka Tromp and Mr. Peter Scholing of the National Committee of UNESCO in Aruba to learn more about the preparations to host this conference.
Since 1992, UNESCO has been promoting and coordinating the Memory of the World (MOW) program that preserves and makes accessible essential documents and digital heritage to all people worldwide.
This program aims to prevent historical documents from disappearing from humankind's collective memory through war, social unrest, lack of resources, sabotage, illegal trade, and destruction. For the Latin American and Caribbean region, a committee called MOWLAC will oversee this program.
In Aruba, the National Library of Aruba and the National Archives of Aruba work to preserve Aruba's collective memory. Thanks to the cooperation of the Aruba National Archives and the Legislation Department, we can be very proud that the National Library also has a digital collection of Aruba's colonial history. It is essential for the preservation of the history of our country, which received very positive attention in the MOWLAC program.
Minister Maduro thanks the National Committee of Aruba for their tireless work to make Aruba a worthy host of the MOWLAC conference in November.
More information about MOWLAC is available at: http://mowlac.org/en/about-mowlac/. You may find information on the digital colonial history of Aruba at https://archive.org/details/BNA-DIG-PB-1816-1851.