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PRESERVING HISTORY: ASHPO 2014 CALENDARS AVAILABLE NOW FREE

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The cover of the 2014 American Samoa Historic Preservation Office calendar featuring a July 1970 photo of the Burns Philp Store. The calendar is now available — free of charge — at the American Samoa Historic Preservation Office in Nu’uuli. [photo: ASHPO]

Free 2014 calendars are now available for pick up at the American Samoa Historic Preservation Office (ASHPO) in Nuuuli.
 
Since last week, individuals and representatives of different government departments and agencies have picked up their free calendars featuring vintage photos— including a 1969 picture of Ms. Pele, a taupou from Laulii; and a photo of a flying paopao in Ofu, Manu’a.
 
Also included in this year’s calendar is a photo of the Arcadia Cruise Ship as it docked at the main wharf in Pago Pago, and a picture of the late renowned wood carver, Sven Ortquist dated 1968.
 
Perhaps the most iconic photo in this calendar is the photo of the Apollo 13 astronauts, taken at the Tafuna Airport on April 18,1970. 
 
This is the fifth year ASHPO has been compiling and distributing free calendars which are paid for by the Historic Preservation Fund.
 
A total of 3,000 copies of the 2014 calendar were printed and everyone is invited to pick up a copy.
 
For individuals, a limit of five calendars applies, while departments can take up to 20 copies.
 
As in  preceding years, the 2014 calendar pinpoints not only federal and regular holidays, but also key dates in American Samoa’s history.
 
In an initial interview with Samoa News, Historic Preservation Officer David Herdrich had noted that “some people look forward to sending these calendars off island to friends and relatives”.
 
In addition to the calendar, other projects the ASHPO is currently involved with include an assessment of the KVZK-TV station building, developing historic preservation education materials for the territory, and improving/updating their webpage (ASHPO.org).
 
ASHPO is under the umbrella of the Governor’s Office.

This iconic April 18,1970 photo of the Apollo 13 astronauts taken at the Tafuna Airport is one of the “walk down memory lane” photos featured in the new American Samoa Historic Preservation Office 2014 calendar. [photo: ASHPO]


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