About the RSHHGG

Founded in 1923, the Société haïtienne d’histoire, de géographie et de géologie is Haiti’s oldest intellectual society and is still active today.

Président d’honneur
Michel Hector

Comité de direction
Pierre Buteau, Président
Guerdy Lissade, Vice-Président
Gaétan Mentor, Trésorier
Watson Denis, Secrétaire Général
Lewis Ampidu Clorméus, Secrétaire
Gusti-Klara Gaillard-Pourchet, Secrétaire

Conseillers
Michel Acacia
Marc Antoine Charles Archin
Gladys Berrouët
F. Carl Braun
Jean Casimir
Marc Désir
Fr. Ernest Even
Itazienne Eugène
Cary Hector (✝)
Jean L. Liautaud
Vertus Saint-Louis

Membres d’honneur
Laënnec Hurbon
Michel-Philippe Lerebours
Claude Moïse

A bit of history:

The founding members of the Société included Haiti’s preeminent intellectuals, among them Horace Pauléus Sannon, Jean Price-Mars, Sténio Vincent, Catts Pressoir, and Dantès Bellegarde, who came together in response to the US military occupation of the country (1915–1934). The first president of the Société*, H. Pauléus Sannon, described the efforts of the group in response to Haiti’s hour of crisis: “quelques hommes d’étude sinon de grand savoir ont pensé qu’il fallait tenter quelque chose, en dehors des pouvoirs publics, pour conjurer une crise dont la gravité s’accentue chaque jour, et qui, en se prolongeant, menace de ruiner les fondements mêmes de notre nationalité” (1-2).

Their goals were as follows: to draw up a comprehensive list of all of the private archives in the country; establish an annotated index of scholarly works on the history and geography of Haiti; support the publication of scholarly works on Haitian history and geography, and promote the circulation of this knowledge to all Haitians. (http://lenouvelliste.com/article/111496/societe-haitienne-dhistoire-de-geographie-et-de-geologie)

To facilitate these goals, the society established an official journal in 1925, first called the Bulletin and then the Revue, which is still published today. Over the last 90 years, Haitian scholars and intellectuals have published more than 1,100 articles in the pages of the Revue, making the publication the greatest repository of historical research produced on Haiti, from Haiti. This includes critical work from historians such as Ernst Trouillot, Hénock Trouillot, and Roger Gaillard, as well as foreign historians working on Haiti such as Gabriel Debien, Jacques Cauna, David Geggus and Carolyn Fick, among others.

*then known as the Société d’Histoire et de Géographie d’Haïti