Kieran Camisura and Iana San Nicolas rehearse the musical number, “It’s Been A Long, Long Time, “ at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center
Kieran Camisura and Iana San Nicolas rehearse the musical number, “It’s Been A Long, Long Time, “ at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center

Guam Students bring history to life with Day at the Museum

by Amanda O'Brien
National Park Service

Pacific Historic Parks, along with partners War in the Pacific National Historical Park, the Senator Antonio M. Palomo Guam Museum & CHamoru Educational Facility (Guam Museum), and the Department of CHamoru Affairs, are proud to present Day at the Museum: Preservation in Action.

Day at the Museum: Preservation in Action is a museum theater service-learning project encouraging island youth, their families, and the community to engage with stories of people on Guam during World War II. This cultural, historical, and student-centered project supports a distinct set of learning and skill-development objectives for youth ages 13 to19 years old, fulfills the GDOE Service-Learning requirements, and provides a creative avenue to convey the personal stories of survival, triumph, peace, and forgiveness on Guam during World War II.

The cast and crew of this production is made up of students from public, private, and DoDEA schools across the island. This group of actors, singers, instrumentalists, and crew will bring to life the CHamoru experience on Guam during WWII in a series of performances presented at the Guam Museum in Hagåtña and the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center in Sumay from July 18 – 20, 2019.
Travel back in time to post-WWII Liberation Day Festivities in Guam as Master of Ceremonies, Agueda Johnston, introduces you to twelve fellow Guamanians who will relay to you their stories of bravery, honor, devastation, strength, and survival during the Japanese occupation. Monologues written by local high school youth and featuring historical figures such as Dr. Ramon M. Sablan, B.J. Bordallo, Vicente (Ben) Garrido Blaz, Dr. Rosa Roberto Carter, and many more will be showcased.

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