January 2016 “Find Your Park” on Guam: Free Programs

by National Park Service

Across the nation, the National Park Service is gearing up for its 100th birthday in August 2016. The War in the Pacific National Historical Park joins this campaign and encourages the public to “Find Your Park” on Guam.

The park offers a number of ranger led programs on the park’s rich history. In recognition of the National Park Service Centennial, join us for a special presentation, “Find Your Park” to learn fascinating facts about the park and the challenges we face.

All events and park units are free and open to the public. Visitors can also hear from a park ranger with the park’s cell phone audio tour, available 24 hours a day. Tour stops are located at ten points throughout the park. Dial 866-418-3963 to listen to the tour in English or Japanese.

For more information on specific programs, call 671-333-4050 or visit www.nps.gov/wapa for more details and a map of park units. To learn more about “Find Your Park” visit www.findyourpark.com.
Please see the attached schedule of events for the month of January.

January 16, Saturday: 10 am at Visitor Center - “History Revealed”
Join us for this month’s guest speakers educator Tony Blas and his student Lazaro Quinata for a special presentation featuring the story of Francisco N.F. Blas. This son of Guam enlisted in the US Navy and served in WWII aboard the cruiser USS Boise at the battle of Cape Esperance and the minesweeper Threat. While serving on the destroyer escort Rich, Francisco died in combat in Normandy where his grave marker rests. (1 hour)

January 17, Sunday: 2 pm at Visitor Center - “Science Sunday”
Science Sunday features current research projects happening right here in Guam and the Micronesia region. Meet a different guest speaker to learn how this research can benefit coral reef conservation. For more information on this event, call 646-1905 or email gureefmonitoring@gmail.com. (1 hour)

January 23, Saturday: 10 am at Asan Bay Overlook - “Jorge Cristobal”
Join us for a presentation honoring WWII Veteran Jorge Cristobal. Learn about his remarkable war experiences leading up his participation in the liberation of Guam in 1944. (45 minutes)
January 24, Sunday: 10 am at Visitor Center - “Propaganda and Psychological Warfare”
Join us at the Visitor Center for a presentation on the ways Americans and Japanese used propaganda and psychological warfare tactics to achieve military objectives during World War II . (1 hour)

January 30, Saturday: 2 pm at Asan Beach - “Ridge Hike”
Nearly 71 years ago Chamorros were forced to build WW II defense structures throughout the island. Meet at the restrooms and join a park ranger on a hike to discover hidden defenses at Asan Ridge. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water! (45 minutes)

January 31, Sunday: 2 pm at Visitor Center - “Lt. Colonel Pete Ellis, USMC”
Sometimes called the “Father of Amphibious Warfare,” Earl Hancock “Pete” Ellis left behind a legacy tainted by subterfuge and mystery. His suspicious death in Micronesia in 1923 has gone unexplained for more than seventy years. Join a Park Ranger to delve deeper into this compelling story. All Programs are Free. For further information contact War in the Pacific NHP at (671) 333-4050 or visit us at: www.nps.gov/wapa (1 hour)

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