Community project

Guampedia, Guam’s Online Encyclopedia, is a community project that highlights the unique Chamorro 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 Chamorros living away from Guam, for visitors to our island, and for those who want a richer understanding of our island and its people.

The Guampedia Foundation, Inc., is an independent nonprofit organization established in 2009. The Foundation 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.

The project was created by the Guam Humanities Council in 2002, and funded primarily through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Guam Preservation Trust, the Bank of Guam, the US Department of the Interior, Gannett Foundation, Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency and other sources. Content for the website was developed by a slew of professional writers, researchers, cultural specialists and other scholars who provided expertise for putting together information that could be accessed easily by a general audience. The website was launched in April 2008 with the first 350 entries. Currently Guampedia has more than 1,000 entries, 3,000 photographs, numerous video and sound clips and dozens of e-publications. More than 120 people have been a part of this project to date, doing research, writing, peer reviewing, fact checking or copy editing the Guampedia entries and media. New materials are continually being added to the Guampedia database.

Since becoming an independent nonprofit, Guampedia is an affiliate program of the University of Guam’s Richard F. Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center and works in partnership with many other community institutions and organizations, including the Department of Chamorro Affairs, the Guam Museum, the Guam Public Library, the Guam Department of Parks and Recreation’s Division of Historic Resources, the Archdiocese of Agana and Micronesian Seminar.

Guampedia is an ongoing and dynamic project that will be updated and added to regularly as events unfold and technology allows.

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Board of Directors

Lou Leon Guerrero, Chair
Dr. Anita Borja Enriquez, Vice-Chair
Baltazar Aguon, Secretary-Treasurer

Staff

Managing Director: Rita P. Nauta
Managing Editor: Shannon Murphy
Content Editor: Dominica M. Tolentino
Media Editor: Nathalie Pereda

Guampedia Scholars and Advisors

Humanities Scholar, Dr. Nicholas Goetzfridt
Father Eric Forbes
David Defant
Dr. Judy Flores
Dr. Anne Perez Hattori
Dr. Rosann Murphy Jones
Dr. Aline A. Yamashita
Dr. Don Rubinstein
Dr. Thomas Marler
Dr. Clarisa Quan
Dr. Donald Shuster
Peter Onedera
Rosa Palomo
Bruce Best
Leo Babauta
Karen Cruz
Marjorie Driver
Dr. Larry Cunningham
Father Fran Hezel
Jillette Leon Guerrero
Dr. Keith Camacho
Dr. Monique R.C. Storie
Rosanna Barcinas
Anthony Ramirez
Eloise Sanchez
Jayne Flores
Cathleen Moore-Linn

Photo Credits

Nine of the photographs in Guampedia’s banner were taken by Victor Consaga. One photo, that of a latte stone at Haputo, was taken by Leslie Reynolds.