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A Catalog of 200 Monuments & Haiti Sites by U.S. Embassy

Recently, on May 16, 2015, Joan Dithny Raton, the Haitian Minister of Culture in the presence of the U.S Ambassador in Haiti Ms. Pamela A. White at the historic Fort-Jacques, had symbolically delivered a copy of the book "200 Monuments and Sites of Haiti" in recognition of her country's contribution to the publication of this cultural document.

The National Heritage Protection Institute (ISPAN) was the architect behind the project of creating this directory of tangible Haitian heritage. They have completed the project with a fund assistance of a 2012 grant (US$41,500) received from the United States named "U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation", for the Preservation of Haitian heritage. The illustrated book includes photographs, drawings and period prints of the most characteristic representative of the monuments with great cultural values which were most visited by locals and tourists following the devastating 2010 earthquake.

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Citadelle Artillery Museum Opens for Tourism

As part of the Ministry of Tourism's efforts to attract more tourism to Haiti, the Citadelle Museum of Artillery was launched on November 17, 2013. In attendance were Minister of Culture, Josette Darguste; Institute for the Protection of National Heritage (ISPAN) Director General, Monique Rosann; and the Musee du Panthéon National Haïtien Curator and Director, Michèle G. Frisch. The Ministry of Tourism Director General, Maryse Noel, presided.

La Citadelle Museum houses the most impressive examples of 18th century canons, mortars, and howitzers. Cast in iron or bronze of French, English, Spanish, and Italian origin, they represent the victories of the Haitian military over foreign invaders, under the command of Generals Toussaint Louverture, and his successor, Jean Dessalines. Haiti liberated itself under Dessalines, who became the island's first non-royal ruler.

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Did you see the last visit of Michel Martelly at the Citadelle Laferriere?

Did you see the show that President Michel Martelly when he visited the Citadelle Laferrière this year?

The staff that was present at the time was blamed for the state of disrepair of our National pride Citadelle Laferrière.

Michel Martelly was not willing to either listen to or accept any justification provided by the employees or representatives from ISPAN.

Present during the encounter at Citadelle Laferriere were: the Minister of Culture, Mario Dupuy, officials of the Institute for the Protection of National Heritage (ISPAN), responsible for the restoration of the citadel, Minister of Tourism, Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin, Gregory Mayard-Paul and other journalists.

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Conditions at the Citadelle Laferriere Brought Fury to the President

On Thursday, July 19, 2012, the president of Haiti, Mitchel Martely was full of anger. This was due to the state of the conditions he found at the Citadelle Laferrière. The president had made a tour at the citadel and was accompanied by various senior officials in the government. Among them included the president's advisor Gregory Mayard Paul, the Minister of Culture, Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin, the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Yvone Alteon and other senior officials at the Institute for the Protection of National Heritage, ISPAN. ISPAN has the responsibility for the restoration of the Citadelle which is a tourist attraction site in Haiti.

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