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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Humanities Council to preview underwater WWII heritage trail

Divers check out World War II objects in the Saipan lagoon. (Contributed Photo) The public is invited to preview an underwater World War II heritage trail during a presentation by Dr. Jennifer McKinnon at the American Memorial Park on Friday, June 25, 6:30pm. This is the latest installment in the Northern Mariana Island Council for the Humanities Community Lecture Series.

A grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program provided funding for an underwater survey of World War II objects in the Saipan lagoon. Sites documented include three tanks, four airplanes, two landing craft, a possible sub-chaser, a freighter and an LVT (Landing Vehicle Tracked, a class of amphibious vehicles introduced by the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Army during World War II.).

The planned heritage trail will be featured in individual site brochures, diving and snorkeling guides and a Web site that tourists and divers can use to learn about the history of the sites. The trail will promote sustainable heritage tourism and stimulate the economy of Saipan while showcasing historically significant heritage sites in the beautiful Saipan lagoon.

The lecture is free of charge and open to the public. It will feature photographs and videos taken during the survey. Dr. McKinnon will also discuss management options to ensure the long-term protection of these significant historic resources.

For more information, contact the council at 235-4785 or visit the council’s Web site: www.nmihumanities.org. (PR)

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