THE first ever Marianas Historical Conference will be held next week, June 15 to 16, at the Saipan Fiesta Resort.
The conference will include presentations by scholars and academics from the Mariana Islands, Australia, and Hawaii. Presentations will include new scholarly papers as well as previously written papers. Registration will be at the opening ceremony on Thursday evening and before the conferences begin on Friday and Saturday morning. No registration fee is required.
The theme of the conference is “One Archipelago, Many Stories.” The goal of the meeting is to promote the study of history in the Marianas and allow the public to interact first hand with researchers.
The conference is the first to encompass the histories of the entire Marianas together.
Topics to be covered include genealogy, oral history, ancient history, early colonial history, late colonial history, WWII, and recent history.
Presenters include Jillette Leon Guerrero, Marquita Davis, Dietrix Manibusan Duhaylonsod, Judy Flores, Ojeya Cruz Banks, and many more.
In addition to the presentation, roundtable discussions will be held between the public and historical project organizers to talk about where funding of historical projects should be directed.
Participants in the three-day conference will also be given digital copies of these papers, which will be made available to the public at large on the Guampedia, Guam Preservation Trust and the Northern Marianas Humanities Council websites.
Conversations among many people over several years and many other factors led to the active planning of the conference, which began in August of 2011 and the eventual launch of this gathering, states Rosanna Barcinas from the Guam Preservation Trust.
Funding and organization for the event was provided by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, the Guam Preservation Trust, and Guampedia.
For details and schedule of presentations, contact Chief Program Officer Joe Quinata at 777-7335 or Program Officer Rosanna Barcinas at 688-4454/472-9439 or visit the Guam Preservation Trust website.