International Museum Day- Guam

The Department of Chamorro Affairs, the Guam Museum, and the Guam Museum Foundation invite the public to take a “virtual tour” of Guam’s historic, capital city of Hagåtña, in commemoration of International Museum Day.  The earliest known photographs of Guam, will be posted in the Guam Museum Facebook Page on May 18, 2014.  The photographs were taken by a German Expedition and described by Dr. Christina DeLisle and her Museum Studies Class at the University of Guam:

These photographs of Guam’s capital city of Hagåtna are attributed to Gustav Riemer.  Riemer was Paymaster of the SMS Hertha, a German man-of-war that traveled to Asia and the Pacific from October 1874 through July 1877 and whose visit to Guam was most likely part of a German colonial mission in the region.  The expedition was one of many European and American ventures, scientific and commercial, which followed a longer history of imperial powers carving up the world, and Spanish colonialism and missionization in the Marianas.  German encroachment, in particular, spurred Spain to reinvigorate its presence in Micronesia and to strengthen its political claims to the region.”


“Guam’s rich 4,000 year historic past continues to unveil marvels of stories untold of its peoples, the Chamorros.  We celebrate along with all other museums… the significant contributions that communities provide in advancing Museology worldwide.”– Joseph Flores Artero-Cameron, President of Guam’s Department of Chamorro Affairs, and President of the Pacific Islands Museum Association

Visit the Guam Museum Facebook Page to view the exhibit.

Also, please note that a permanent exhibit of the “Riemer” photographs are on display at Guam’s 1st Lady’s Museum at the Government House.

About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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