Construction on Guam Cultural Repository to begin

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held on the site of the Guam Cultural Repository. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

On December 9, 2020, the Office of the Governor, in coordination with the University of Guam (UOG), Micronesia Area Research Center (MARC), Department of CHamoru Affairs (DCA), the Guam Museum, the Guam State Historic Preservation Office, and the Community Defense Liaison Office (formerly Guam Buildup Office) broke ground on the Guam Cultural Repository.

Adjacent to UOG, the Repository will serve as a valuable adjunct to the new Guam cultural museum by providing adequate space to curate extensive Guam cultural collections. Construction on the Repository is expected to be complete by Spring 2022.

“The relocation has raised numerous concerns, such as the impact it will have on our environment, our economy, and, especially, our culture. We have a duty to build our future while respecting our culture and preserving the past,” stated Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “With this facility, it is my hope that more of our people will enter the fields of archaeology and museum curation to help us to understand the lives of our ancestors and the lessons they have passed down to us.”

Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio added, “For too long, our history was tucked away in boxes because we did not have the proper facility to house them. As CHamorus, we have always prided ourselves with being in touch with our culture and our ancestors, yet the tangible connections we have with our past remained hidden, some in archaeological firms, government of Guam offices, or in military facilities. Our Administration is committed to working with UOG, DCA, and the Historic Preservation Office to ensure our most sacred artifacts are treated with dignity and respect while allowing our people the opportunity to learn about our history.”

“This endeavor is the latest in a series of successful collaborations between DoD and GovGuam, such as the annual Programmatic Agreement workshops recently held at the Guam Museum in August, and the successful resolution of SHPO concerns for archaeological surveys and monitoring for the Live Fire Training Range Complex,” said Rear Adm. John Menoni, commander, Joint Region Marianas. “This facility will serve as a key resource for ongoing research, education, and interpretive activities by and for the people of Guam, and will also enhance outreach and tourism activities as visitors to our island come to know and appreciate the history of the CHamoru people in Guam and throughout the region.”

Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz commanding officer Col. Bradley Magrath added, “As part of the Navy-Marine Corps team, Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz is proud of our advocacy of this facility that benefits the entire island community. The $12 million grant for this facility, provided through the Office of Economic Adjustment, will serve to benefit the island as a whole well into the future. I’d like to thank the Governor and the Government of Guam for their advice, expertise, and willingness to achieve win-win solutions as we continue to provide oversight in support of the Department of the Navy in compliance with the 2011 Programmatic Agreement.”

To watch the groundbreaking ceremony in its entirety, visit https://youtu.be/ogdacYS1Y6M.

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Krystal Paco-San Agustin, MPA, CM

Director of Communications

Office of the Governor of Guam

Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor’s Complex

Hagåtña, Guam 96910

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