Museum exhibit to depict scenes of 1944 liberation

MUSEUM: The Senator Antonio M. Palomo Guam Museum and Chamorro Educational Facility, also known as the Guam Museum, is shown in Hagåtña. The museum will host an exhibit on the 1944 liberation of Guam. David Castro/The Guam Daily Post

On June 21, the Guam Museum, in collaboration with the 75th Guam Liberation Planning Committee, will open In Hahasso Ha': Nina'en Pås yan Inagofli'e' (We Still Remember: A Legacy of Peace and Friendship), an exhibition in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Guam.

The exhibit will feature an array of objects and images, many of which are on public display for the first time in years, that capture the experience of liberation and the impact of the war during the rebuilding of Guam, the committee announced. Part of the display will include four artworks from the Naval History and Heritage Command, based in Washington, D.C. The Guam Museum and Joint Region Marianas reached out to Pam Overmann, curator of the Navy Art Collection at the Naval History and Heritage Command, for the temporary loan of the artworks, which depict scenes of the arrival of U.S. military forces during the liberation of Guam in 1944. Two of the works are by renowned naval combat artist William F. Draper.

"The Liberation Committee welcomes this collaboration with the Naval History and Heritage Command because these paintings provide (an) important historical perspective, as well as give our audiences an opportunity to see works they may not have a chance to see otherwise," stated acting Gov. Joshua Tenorio, honorary chairman.

In Hahasso Ha' will also feature Liberation-era photographs from the Edgar Sachs collection at the War in the Pacific National Historical Parks and from the personal collections of Dr. William Weare and Navy Capt. Hans Sholley.