THE HAGUE–The new book of Maria Plantz and her father Charles Irving Plantz Ole Tales, Sweet Memories was launched at the Cabinet of the St. Maarten Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague on Wednesday evening.

St. Maarten Minister Plenipotentiary Rene Violenus welcomed the invited guests and spoke of the importance of preserving cultural heritage, St. Maarten’s identity. “It is important to preserve stories of how daily life was in those days, stories of what it meant to be a St. Maartener back then. They are lessons of our forebearers, their traditions and how they lived. Cultural history needs to be shared and spread so others can learn about it,” he said.

Maria Plantz expressed thanks for holding the book launch “in the house where it belongs: the St. Maarten House.” She said that with the publication of Ole Tales, Sweet Memories, St. Maarten has recovered a “treasure of cultural heritage.” read more