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The St. Martin Project

by Catherine Benoît

This website is a scholarly and community partnership that aims to document the history of migrations and the impact of hurricanes on the life of the people living in St. Martin including the native population, French and Dutch nationals, immigrant groups and the life of the St. Martin people living in the United States. It brings together questions related to the political status of this binational French/Dutch island, the history of Hurricane Luis (1995) and Hurricane Irma (2017), the development of the AIDS epidemic, and the vulnerability of the undocumented migrants.

The project was developed as part of the Digital Scholarship Fellows Program, a joint endeavor by the Office of the Dean of Faculty and Information Services at Connecticut College. Additional support was granted by the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy. The project also benefits from participation in the Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship (ILiADS), held at Occidental College in 2018.


The website was built in WordPress with a custom template. The WordPress User Frontend Pro plugin was used for the Share Your Story feature. This allows end users to submit content, including images, videos, audio, and other file types, for publication on the site. The weForms plugin was used to create a simple contact form for end users to reach the faculty leading the project.

Two other plugins, Loco Translate and Polylang, enable the bilingual functionality of the website.


Staff Project Team

Lyndsay Bratton, Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship
Diane Creede, Assistant Director for Instructional Technology
Michael Dreimiller, Digital Media Specialist
Tom Palazzo, Technical Lead for Web Applications
Becky Parmer, College Archivist

Web Developer

Gabriel Ortiz (San Francisco, CA)


Gareth Barr ’19, Chris Considine ’19, Lauren Cress ’21, Geoffrey Currier ’19, Olivia Domowitz ’19, Anayis Doolittle ’21, Aruna Gopalan ’21, Darriana Greer ’21, Andra Gurley-Green ’21, Rachele Lajoie ’20, Juliette Lee ’18, Caroline Longacre ’19, Maja McCabe ’20, Ginger Miller ’21, Sarah Potter ’19, Roy Walton ’21

Saint-Martinois Community in the United States

Adrienne (Virginia); Ellie (Florida); Linda Hodge Pagan, Lisa Hodge Potter, Claudia Kenyon Duzan, Richard Kenyon, Paul Piken, and Paula Piken (New London, Connecticut)

Contributors in St. Martin

Brigitte Chouzenoux
Roland Richardson


  • Digital Frontiers, Kansas University, Lawrence, KS, October 2018
  • Digital Scholarship & Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts Symposium, Connecticut College, November 2018
  • The Caribbean Digital V, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, December 2018
  • “Parcours migratoires/Parcours de santé : l’infection à VIH entre biomédecine et vaudou,” Société française de lutte contre le SIDA, Maho, St. Martin, May 2019
  • Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference, Lewisburg, PA, October 2019