About the BHA
The Belize History Association (BHA) established in 2014 is a non-profit organization which aims to spearhead, conduct, and promote research on Belize’s history. The association is comprised of members from the general public including students, teachers, tour-guides, writers, publishers, and history enthusiasts.
The first planning session for the formation of the BHA was held on December 17th, 2013. At the meeting, about forty persons attended and discussed with great interest the necessary work that was ahead to establish the organization.
On January 25th, 2014, members from the general public were once again convened at the George Price Center for Peace and Development where they nominated and elected the Executive Board of the organization. The elected members of the executive were Mr. Francis Humphreys as Chair; Mr. Gian Vasquez as Vice Chair; Ms. Myrna Manzanares as Senior Member; Mr. Fred Hunter Sr. as Senior Member; and Ms. Ifasina Efunyemi as Junior Member.
The ex-officio members nominated were Mr. Nigel Encalada as a representative of the Institute for Social and Cultural Research/National Institute of Culture and History; Dr. Herman Byrd as a representative of the Belize Archives and Records Service; Ms. Tanya Hulse as a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Mrs. Brenda Armstrong as a representative of the Ministry of Education.
The BHA has since then organized and participated in public lectures, conferences, and media campaigns to promote the history of Belize. The overarching goal is to produce A General History of Belize and to remain at the forefront of initiatives to conduct and promote Belize’s history. Towards accomplishing this goal, the BHA will organize workshops, trainings, and public activities to equip and execute activities leading to promotion of Belize’s history.
We invite you to be a part of the BHA today!
About the BHA Executive
The Belize History Association executive includes Mr. Francis Humphreys as Chair; Mr. Gian Vasquez as Vice Chair; Ms. Myrna Manzanares as Senior Member; Mr. Fred Hunter Sr. as Senior Member; and Ms. Ifasina Efunyemi as Junior Member.
The ex-officio members are Mr. Nigel Encalada as a representative of the Institute for Social and Cultural Research/National Institute of Culture and History; Dr. Herman Byrd as a representative of the Belize Archives and Records Service; Mrs. Brenda Armstrong as a representative of the Ministry of Education; and a representative to be re-appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
About the BHA Logo
The BHA logo was designed by Mr. Joel Cho and Mr. Jeremy Gongora who were the first and second place winners of a Logo-Design Competition organized by the BHA. The two winning logos were merged to form one logo which is now the official logo for the BHA. The following is a description of the logo:
The logo is comprised of two main texts. In the outer layer is the full name of the organization: Belize History Association. In the inner layer is the abbreviation of the organization: BHA.
- Maroon: While red typically denotes aggressive action, the maroon which is a variation of red represents careful and thoughtful action.
- Gold: The gold was selected to represent the immense wealth and value of Belize’s history.
- Blue: The blue color of the ribbon is indicative of the organization’s desire to persevere in its mission.
- Black: The Belize map is designed in black to represent the resilience that is necessary to overcome the challenges of interpreting Belize’s history.
- White: The full name of the organization and the magnifying glass icon is designed in white to signify the organization’s neutrality in its approach to Belize’s history.
The BHA logo is comprised of four distinct icons.
- In the outer circular layer of the logo is a blue ribbon which is employed to represent the BHA mandate to create awareness and celebrate Belize’s history.
- At the center point where the ribbon breaks is a magnifying glass. This icon represents the BHA central intent to carefully continue to document and investigate the history of Belize.
- In the inner layer of the logo is an open book which symbolizes the open-ended nature of history. It is also an invitation to encourage members to read, document, and investigate Belize’s history.
- The Belize map is embedded at the center of the book to reflect the intent of the organization to be as comprehensive in its approach to include the histories of all the people of Belize.