Museums in a class of their own 4/5/2001
At Vaqueiros, for example, the old school is full of memories – photographs of the revolutionary times in 1975 when the tiny agricultural community demanded land reform. The Soviet Union rewarded them with a combine harvester (see picture below) sent over by train. It was never used and is now rusting outside the museum.
At Santa Justa the former classroom has been preserved, complete with its picture of the dictator, Salazar. The puppet president Américo Tomás and a Christ on the Cross, are above the blackboard, with the inscription: “God, country, family” as the Fascist motto commanded.
Alcoutim, the most isolated of the Algarve counties, has learned to preserve its past in a fashion true to its lifestyle – simple and appealing.