I thought that I would share how the Cook Islands National Museum (on the island of Rarotonga) celebrated International Museum Day on May 18th and for a couple of days after:
- An exhibition of the “1992 collection “gifted by the Pacific Islands that participated in the 6th Festival of Pacific Arts, 1992 held here in Rarotonga. According to the museum, “It was this year that the National Museum was opened as part of the Sir Geoffrey Henry Culture Centre (Te Puna Korero). This is the first time that the National Museum’s Collection made its connection with the other Pacific islands i.e. through the gifts that was gifted to the Cook Islands people.”
- Tuianga Tua Tapapa (Newspaper Exhibition). According to the museum, “An exhibition of our oldest newspapers from 1896 till today. This is a perfect opportunity for schools so that our young generation are made aware of the various newspapers that the Cook Islands have had.”
- Quiz Program on the Radio Cook Islands and the Radio FM88 for both days
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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