PDN columnist Dave Lotz shares the importance of historic preservation | Opinion
From Tuesday, May 24 through Thursday, May 26, at 8 a.m. at the Guam Museum, the Guam Preservation Trust’s second Pacific Preservation Summit is being held. The keynote address by Pale Eric Forbes, OFM Cap, is followed by many helpful historic preservation sessions on various topics at Hagåtña’s historic sites, including the Guam Public Library, Guam Congress Building, and Lujan House as well than the Guam Museum. .
On the program for the following days, an excursion to the Latte Valley, along the Talo’fo’fo River, and to the Paseo de Susanna in Hagåtña for traditional sailors.
The Pacific Preservation Summit is an opportunity to learn and join efforts to preserve the indigenous cultures of the Pacific, sponsored by our island’s leading heritage preservation entity, the Guam Preservation Trust. For more information, visit www.pacificpreservation.org/2022. Prior registration is required.
With over thirty years of extensive historic preservation achievements, the Guam Preservation Trust has an outstanding record that includes restoring historic homes in Inalåhan and Hagåtña, restoring the Guam Congress Building, and supporting numerous publications, including the recent Latte in the Marianas by Kelly Marsh Taitano and Jolie Liston.
The Guam Preservation Trust also produced educational programs like Ekungok I Estoria-ta (Listen to Our Stories of the Historic Sites Education Series), offered technical training opportunities in the archaeological field, which included cultural resource management programs , including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, Traditional Cultural Properties, and the Essential Involvement of the Youth of Guam and the Surrounding Islands in Heritage Preservation.
Guam Preservation Trust is primarily funded by building permit fees charged for clearance and construction permits that alter the environment of our island. The link is that funds received from changes in our environment will help preserve what is important to our island’s heritage. For a wealth of information on the Guam Preservation Trust, visit guamppreservationtrust.org.
The future of the Guam Preservation Trust is continued public involvement in the Trust’s next strategic plan to 2027, the master plan for Atantano in Piti of a natural environment rich in ancient resources of CHamoru, the restoration of the FQ Sanchez School in Humåtak, restoration of the historic Guam Courthouse in Humåtak (the post-war courthouse along Route 4), preservation of CHamoru archaeological sites in various locations on the island and in October , a public forum for archaeology.
The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of professionals in the fields of architecture, archaeology, Chamoru culture, history and planning with staff headed by Joe Quinata, the Director of the program.
I am fortunate to hold the primary position on the Board of Trustees for planning and my opinions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Board of Trustees or Guam Preservation Trust.
Dave Lotz is a strong advocate for protecting Guam’s unique heritage; a savvy, lifelong hiking enthusiast and conservationist; and criticism of incompetent governments. He has resided in Guam since 1970 and retired from the Guam Department of Parks and Recreation, Andersen AFB Environmental Flight, and the National Park Service.