Commemorating a vital role in WWII
Visitors to Guam have a new place to go to learn about the island’s history. The T. Stell Newman Visitor Center opened in July with exhibits depicting the Japanese conquest of Guam through to the liberation of the island in July 1944. Operated by the National Parks Service, the center is a unit of the War in the Pacific National Historical Park
and is located near the main gate at Naval Base Guam. The center currently houses loaned and temporary exhibits. However, it has more than enough to satisfy one’s thirst for WWII knowledge.
Upon entering, one of the park rangers or staff will greet you, explain the exhibits and give folks a tour. A 30 minute movie entitled “Liberating Guam – The U.S. Comes Back” is shown in the auditorium.
Guests can call in advance to plan a specialized tour. The specialized tour offer is extended to the park’s other units in Piti, Asan and Agat. By advance request, visitors can view a special collection of artifacts in a separate area. If a guest wishes to view items from a specific period of time, items can be gathered ahead of time.
Small groups can use the auditorium free of charge. A gift shop, run in partnership with the Arizona Memorial Museum Association, sells books and DVD’s relating to the War in the Pacific as well as educational items and historical documents.
Sarah Creachbaum, Park Superintendent for War in the Pacific National Historical Park, stated they are working on obtaining permanent exhibits and artifacts for the center. The park is currently involved in community events including showing movies at Asan Beach. Residents can feel free to volunteer. Admission is free. The center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For details on how to set up a tour, call (671) 472-7240. In the meantime, take advantage of the exhibits, tours and talks, and the knowledge of the staff to learn about this vital period in Guam’s history.