Thursday, March 20, 2014

Estorian Sindalu Siha

                        Date:               March 11, 2014

                        Contact:          Kimberlee Kihleng, Executive Director
                                                Monaeka Flores, Coordinator for Marketing and Programs

                        Phone:             472-4460/1

Council to host next Smithsonian Institution Exhibit Journey Stories, public call for photographs and artifacts

The Guam Humanities Council will partner with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program to bring a national exhibit to Guam in 2014 entitled, Journey Stories. Many of us have powerful journey stories in our personal heritage. It may be a story of a family uprooting itself in order to stay together, or of sons and daughters moving to another land, or of a distant ancestor, perhaps unknown. As part of the Guam tour, the Council will highlight Guam’s unique journey stories in the local companion exhibit and complimentary programs in order to examine where our own stories lie within the national narratives presented in Journey Stories. 

The Guam-focused exhibit will explore the many significant and sometimes unrecognized journeys of Chamorro men and women who currently serve or have served in the U.S. Military. Chamorro servicemen and women, along with their families, have moved all over the world, some returning home, others resettling permanently in communities across the country.  Their rich and complex history of service, sacrifice, travel, and a sense of place and identity beginning with World War I into the present will be told through the exhibition project to engage diverse Guam audiences, both civilian and military. The Council is working with Chamorro scholar and historian Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua to develop the Guam exhibit. 

The Council is currently conducting a campaign to collect interviews, photographs, memorabilia, souvenirs, and artifacts to include in the exhibit and other educational materials. The Council will consider any photographs or items that might represent Chamorro identity and pride in service that are of acceptable quality and of interest for a wide public audience. Photos taken and items collected during wartime, deployments, relocation, and of interactions depicting Chamorros in service are also needed for the exhibit. The Council wishes to conduct interviews with:
Chamorro women soldiers
Mothers in service
Veterans of recent wars – Desert Storm, Djibouti deployments, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, etc.
Veteran activists
Final selections will be based on content and space available. Release forms will be provided for all content selected for the exhibit. Interested participants are asked to call the Council for pre-interviews from March 25 through March 29.  Interviews will be conducted on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m and Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Council Office Suite 106 at the Reflection Center in Hagatna from March 31 to April 12.  Photographs and all other inquiries may also be submitted via email to  To participate or for more information, please call the Council at 472-4462.

The Guam Humanities Council is a non-profit organization that provides foundational support and educational programs for the people of Guam.  The mission of the Guam Humanities Council is to foster community engagement and dialogue, inspire critical thinking, celebrate diversity and enrich the quality of life of island residents through the power of the humanities.

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