• Ga'an Point

    War In The Pacific

    National Historical Park Guam

Park Programs April 2012

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Learn more about the War in the Pacific through an interpretive program!
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News Release Date: March 24, 2012
Contact: Dan Brown, 671-333-4051

Join park rangers this month for a variety of fun and interesting interpretive programs. Park rangers will lead special guided tours of park sites and share personal stories of those who fought in the Pacific War. Programs provide visitors an opportunity to learn about park resources, the people we honor, and how events of the past still influence us today.


All events are free and open to the public. Most programs occur outdoors at different locations and vary in length from thirty minutes to two hours. Hikes are moderate and short but traverse slippery and steep terrain, so wear appropriate footwear and attire. Visitors are encouraged to bring water, umbrellas, and insect repellant. In the event of inclement weather, programs may be delayed or cancelled. For more information on specific programs, call 333-4050.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 2012


Special Exhibits - Between Fences, a Smithsonian Museum traveling exhibit along with the I Kelat The Fence: Historical Perspectives on Guam's Changing Landscape exhibit sponsored by the Guam Humanities Council will be on display at the visitor center March 30 - May 10. The local exhibit component explores the relations between Chamorros and fences from a historical, political, and cultural perspective. The T. Stell Newman Visitor Center is located in Sumay in front of the Naval Station main gate and open daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 31 - 6:30p.m. at Asan Beach - "Movie in the Park" - Join us for a special Chamorro Month program featuring the 2011 Guam History Day award winning films followed by the PBS Guam documentary, "Portrait of Guam: Myths & Legends." This documentary explores some of Guam's most interesting myths and what they tell us about the past. (One hour)
Sunday, April 1 - 2 p.m. at Apaca Point - "Death Before Dishonor" - Discover the unique coastal defense bunkers at Apaca Point and learn about the Japanese struggle to defend Guam. (30 minutes)
Monday, April 2 - 6 p.m. at the visitor center - "Visiting Scholar Discussion " - Join us for a special lecture and discussion with Christine Taitano DeLisle, I Kelat exhibit scholar and curator. (Two hours)
Saturday, April 7 - 2 p.m. at Ga'an Point - "We Fought for Guam" - Listen to the story of the brave men who experienced World War II as part of the 77th Army Infantry Division. (30 minutes)
Sunday, April 8 - 2 p.m. at Asan Bay Overlook - "The Land Remains" - Meet at the restrooms and explore the history of Asan Ridge through a fun hike. (45 minutes)
Saturday, April 14 - 2 p.m. at Piti Guns - "Guns Hike" - Meet at the Veterans Cemetery on Route 6 and we'll caravan to the hiking trail that leads to three large Japanese coastal defense guns. (45 minutes)
Sunday, April 15 - 2 p.m. at Fonte Plateau - "Prisoners" - By mid-October 1941, all military dependents on Guam had been evacuated, except for one. Hear the story of a young mother, a newborn, and five navy nurses who helped each other when war came to Guam. (30 minutes)
Saturday, April 21 - 6:30 p.m. at Asan Beach - Movie in the Park - Join us for a special Earth Week program featuring the 2012 Guam History Day award winning films followed by the documentary "There Once Was an Island," a look at the effects of climate change across the Pacific (Two hours).
Sunday, April 22 - 2 p.m. at Asan Bay Overlook - "Silver Star for a Farmer" - Patriotism ran high among Chamorros during the Japanese Occupation. Find out how a humble farmer assisted U.S. forces during the recapture of Guam. (30 minutes)
Saturday, April 28 - 9 a.m. at Asan Bay Overlook - "Get to Know Nature Hike" - Here's your chance to hike with a park ranger to see the rivers and streams in the rarely-visited Asan Inland Unit. Register online at http://epa.guam.gov/activities/earth-day-2012/ (Three hours)
Sunday, April 29 - 2 p.m. at Apaca Point - "Linked" - We've all heard the terms climate change, global warming, sea level rise, and ocean acidification, but what does all that really mean? Come listen and watch as a park ranger demonstrates some of the science behind climate change with experiments you could do in your own home. (45 minutes)

Did You Know?

Satellite image of Super Typhoon Pongsona

Typhoons can occur in any month, although they are more common during the rainy season? But don't worry; typhoons give ample warning of their coming and there is plenty of time to take shelter.