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Guampedia has launched an online timeline showcasing the region’s historical events within the context of world events.
The online timeline was funded through a grant from the Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities, a release from Guampedia states.
“We often think of events happening in Micronesia as separate and apart from
the rest of the world,” said Shannon Murphy, Guampedia’s managing editor.
The timeline includes when the various peoples from across the region arrived on their islands. The people of the Marianas arrived on the islands around the same time the ancient Egyptians built the Sphinx, the timeline states.
“Most textbooks seldom mention our part of the world. With the creation of this
new dynamic timeline, it is hoped that those interested in learning our history
can get a better grasp of the sequence of world and regional events that have
brought us to where we are today,” she said.
The Guampedia team decided to include not just historic events of Guam and
the Marianas for the timeline, but of the entire Micronesia region to bring our
history, separated for so long by world forces, back together to give us a better
grasp of who we are as a region.
Murphy said it is Guampedia’s hope that this timeline, which can be easily
added to, will help students of history see the bigger picture and develop a
context for historical thinking.
The Guampedia timeline begins in 2500 BC when the Egyptians built the Sphinx
and ends in 2018 with the Guam Museum’s opening of its permanent exhibit “I
Hinanao-Ta Nu Manaotao Tåno’-I CHamoru Siha: The Journey of the CHamoru
There are 184 items in the timeline with many bits of history and more will be added as history unfolds.
A poster was created for the project by graphic artists Kie Susuico as well which
will be distributed to educators island wide.
Guampedia, Guam’s Online Encyclopedia, is a community project that highlights
the unique CHamoru heritage and history of Guam and the Mariana Islands.
Through peer-reviewed entries and accompanying media, Guampedia provides an important educational and informational resource for Guam teachers and
schoolchildren, for CHamorus living away from Guam, for visitors to our island,
and for those who want a richer understanding of our island and its people, the release states.
Guampedia, Inc. is an independent nonprofit organization established in 2009.
The organization is led by a volunteer board of directors and a small, but
dedicated, staff that maintains the Guampedia website, www.guampedia.com,
and organizes its activities.
Check out the timeline at https://www.guampedia.com/guampedias-historical-timeline/
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