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Archbishop Joseph Harris takes a closer look at bound copies of the paper at the July 17 launch. Photo: Elmo Griffith

University lecturer and historian Professor Bridget Brereton wrote the following article ‘Celebrating 125 years’, which appeared in the September 27 issue of the Trinidad Express. Both have given their permission for its reproduction here.

“Almost everything we know about history comes from an artefact [something made by a human being]. Often, we are able to encounter an artefact in the present, because someone in the past decided to preserve it”—the words of Dr Kwynn Johnson, in her essay about the 125-year Catholic News digital archive.

Studying the past depends on surviving sources of different kinds. Archaeologists depend mainly on objects like pottery, ornaments or human remains, but most historians work with written sources. Among all the different kinds of written sources, newspapers stand out as uniquely wide-ranging and vivid representations of the past. No source has been more used in researching the history of T&T and the Caribbean.

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