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America Samoa receives Preserve America designation
« on: July 30, 2010, 07:56:08 AM »
America Samoa receives Preserve America designation

July 26, 2010- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and American Samoa Government departments and agencies -- Commerce, Arts and Humanities and Visitor’s Bureau – and the youth of the Territory joined in celebration of the official designation of American Samoa as a Preserve America Community.

The Preserve America designation, announced by First Lady Michelle Obama in February 2010, is part of a 2003 White House initiative that encourages and supports a community’s efforts to preserve its cultural and historic heritage.

In a ceremony held at Su’iga’ula a le Atuvasa Beach Park in Utulei, Governor Togiola expressed his sincere gratitude to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, who administers Preserve America, and honorary chair, Mrs. Obama, for designating the entire Territory as a Preserve America Community, which provides American Samoa with significant economic, educational and cultural benefits through historic preservation and heritage tourism.

In attendance at the celebration, which included the christening of the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary vessel that was named “Manuma,” were Mr. Dan Basta, Director of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS) of NOAA, and move than forty members of NMS from all 14 federal sanctuary sites.

Entertainment was provided by youth groups from the Pago Pago Catholic Church, Vatia Methodist Church and dance group – Taupou Manaia.

"Today is a very special day in our history. We are here to celebrate our designation as the 814th“Preserve America” community.  And since our appointment in February of this year, 29 more communities have received this same honor from Mrs. Michelle Obama making it a total of 843 Preserve America communities. We are only the second U.S. Territory to have received this designation. Selected areas of the U.S. Virgin Islands were first selected. But, our celebration is quite unique because we have the distinction of having all of our islands that make up the Territory of American Samoa as part of this Preserve America designation," said Governor Togiola.

 


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Preserve America - Samoa festivities
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2010, 12:26:31 PM »
Preserve America - Samoa festivities


July 26, 2010 – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Governor Togiola Tulafono today together and American Samoa Government departments and agencies -- Commerce, Arts and Humanities and Visitor’s Bureau – and the youth of the Territory joined in celebration of the official designation of American Samoa as a Preserve America Community.

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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2010, 12:27:53 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2010, 06:20:53 AM »
Excellent, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that.

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Re: America Samoa receives Preserve America designation
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2010, 01:16:33 PM »
Some very nice pics.

 


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