Anthony “Tony” Ramirez
Anthony J. Ramirez was the curator of the Guam Museum from 1995 to 2012. In 2008, he created a booklet entitled, I Hinanoa-ta: A Pictorial Journey Through Time, which tells the story of the Chamorro people through the Museum’s collections of objects, photographs, prints and maps. It was meant to be a companion piece for visitors to the Guam Museum to provoke questions about Guam history. This booklet, though, eventually inspired the Guam Museum’s plan for the permanent exhibit which will open in 2017.
Ramirez began working for the Guam Museum while it was housed at Adelup, though some of the collections were still at the Garden House at Plaza de España at the time. He created many of the exhibits seen over the years in various locations around the island.
Ramirez’s educational and professional experience was in the field of historic preservation. He obtained a BA in anthropology from the University of Guam and served as a field archaeologist, museum curator and acting administrator for the museum. He also taught in Guam Catholic high schools for several years. Additionally, Ramirez was the history principal for the Guam Preservation Trust Board of Trustees and the Guam Historic Preservation Review Board from 1997 to 2001.
In 2009, Ramirez was tapped to serve on the executive board of the Pacific Islands Museum Association (PIMA), an Oceania regional organization based out of Port Vila, Vanuatu that provides collective strength and effective gathering of resources for training, advocacy, and the promotion of excellence in heritage management. Ramirez was the first Chamorro to hold this position, and he served PIMA for three years.
Ramirez was also a member of the education quality committee of the Guam Museum Task Force, which was organized by the Governor of Guam to realize a new and permanent Guam Museum. He retired in 2012 and passed away in 2015.